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Memphis Express had come close to wins for two weeks…but in week four they finally put everything together and get their first win of the Alliance of American Football (AAF) season defeating San Diego Fleet 26 to 23. Here is my listing of good, bad and ugly form the game:


  • Memphis gets a win…that is always a good for me.
  • Memphis Offense – scored their most points this season: 26
  • Zach Mettenberger (MEM) – First start for the Express and he gets the win. He threw for 174 yards, threw one TD pass, completed 72% of his passes, ran for a TD and ran for a 2 point conversion. Not a bad day all around.
  • Austin MacGinnis (MEM) was 4 for 4 on FGs including the game winner. Solid Kicking.
  • Ron Brooks (SD) had an impressive 57 yard punt return for a TD early in the game.


  • The injury of Fleet QB Phillip Nelson very probably changed the outcome of this game. When Nelson went out he was 9 of 12 for 110 yards and a TD (1 fumble). Alex Ross replaced him and went 8 of 18 for 80 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT (and 2 fumbles).
  • Ja’Quan Gardner (SD) was the leading rusher in the AAF coming into this game with 281 yards rushing in the first three weeks…here is his stat line: 9 rushing attempts for 6 yards. The Fleet did not use him enough today.


  • 4 turnovers for the Fleet cost them this game.

Videos: Here are a couple of highlights from the game:

Mettenberger TD pass: That is 3 TDs in 2 weeks.

The play that sealed the win for the Express: Great Defense!!!

Other Notes:

If Zach Mettenberger can continue to play well…the Express could be in for a good run the rest of this season.

I am sure the Fleet are hoping the injury to Phillip Nelson is not bad or long lasting…he is a solid QB in the AAF.

Neither team ran the ball well today…which was a bit of a surprise to me. But that may say a lot about both of these defenses.

Three more games on tap for the weekend. How can you not love football in March?

Scott E