Memphis Express had the lead most of the game but were outscored 14 to 6 in the fourth quarter by the Arizona Hotshots and lost their second game of the season in the Alliance of American Football League. Here is my listing of good, bad and ugly form the game:
Zac Stacy of the Memphis Express became the first Alliance of American Football running back to reach 100 yards in a game. He had 101 yards on 19 attempts (5.3 average) with a long of 49 and a 9-yard touchdown run.
Rashad Ross of the Arizona Hotshots caught his third touchdown pass of the season and is currently the league leader in TDs (3) and receiving yards (170 yards). He had 4 receptions for 67 yards (16.8 average) and one TD in the game on Saturday.
The Memphis Express passing game is in serious need of improvement if they are to get any wins this season. Christian Hackenberg was 14-for-25 (56%) for 102 yards (no TDs and no INTs)…a little better than his stat line in week 1 (10-for-23 passing for 87 yards and one interception)…but this either needs to get significantly better or a change needs to happen or it will be a long first season for the Express.
Turnovers or near turnovers in the first half was a bit ugly in this game…here is a listing from the game (Bolded items were actual turnovers):
(Q1 – 13:04) (Shotgun) 14-C.Hackenberg sacked at 50 for -7 yards (54-S.Teuhema). FUMBLES (54-S.Teuhema) [54-S.Teuhema], touched at MEM 46, ball out of bounds at MEM 45.
(Q1 – 13:04) 14-C.Hackenberg Aborted. 65-D.Rhaney FUMBLES at MEM 41, recovered by MEM-14-C.Hackenberg at MEM 38.
(Q1 – 9:47) (Shotgun) 7-J.Wolford pass deep left to 88-J.Huff to ARI 29 for 22 yards (53-D.Jackson). FUMBLES (53-D.Jackson), RECOVERED by MEM-58-D.Gates at ARI 27. 58-D.Gates to ARI 26 for 1 yard (16-R.Mullaney).
(Q1 – 7:14) 7-J.Wolford pass short left INTERCEPTED by 30-C.Stribling at ARI 48. 30-C.Stribling to ARI 17 for 31 yards.
(Q2 – 10:41) (Shotgun) 7-J.Wolford pass short right intended for 16-R.Mullaney INTERCEPTED by 39-J.Cutrer [99-S.Montgomery] at ARI 25. 39-J.Cutrer to ARI 25 for no gain (16-R.Mullaney).
(Q2 – 1:01) (Shotgun) 14-C.Hackenberg scrambles up the middle to ARI 37 for 9 yards (59-S.Johnson; 28-D.McDougle). FUMBLES (59-S.Johnson), and recovers at ARI 37.
So only three turnovers…but three other fumbles by Memphis that could have turned into turnovers. Not exactly stellar ball safety in the first half of this game.
Memphis falls to 0-2 while Arizona is now 2-0 (and the first team to win a road game this season in the AAF).
In the earlier game on Saturday…Birmingham Iron (2-0) defeated Salt Lake Stallions (0-2) 12 to 9. It was a game in which the kicker for Salt Lake missed 3 field goals going 1 for 4 for the game. The one good field goal was from 53 yards out…the three misses were from 50, 55 and 48 yards…the last miss (48 yards) was with 1:03 remaining in the game sealing the deal for the Iron win.
Two more Alliance of American Football games on the schedule today:
Early next week I will be reporting out some of the league leaders…so stay tuned for that post.
On a personal note – Memphis is my team and I am sticking with them all season. I also have to admit that it was great to watch the game on the AAF website. YouTube TV does not have the NFL Network so to be able to watch the game online was excellent. Would be a bit better with some commentary, scoreboard and clock on the screen…but I will take what I can get to watch my team play this season.