If you need some exciting finishes to football games, the Alliance of American Football (AAF) featured three of four games where the outcome was in doubt until the end. The surprising result was that the much-anticipated match up between Orlando and Birmingham wasn’t one of them.
Atlanta Legends 23, Memphis Express 20
Legends’ kicker Younghoe Koo booted three field goals, including a 38-yard game-winner, to give Atlanta a 23-20 win over the Memphis Express. Koo remains perfect on the season and improves Atlanta’s record to 2-3. Legends’ quarterback Aaron Murray passed for over 300 yards and a touchdown. Running back Tarean Folston rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown. Seantavius Jones led the team in receiving with five receptions for 89 yards.
San Antonio Commanders 29, Arizona Hotshots 25
This was two different games as the Commanders jumped out to a 26-0 lead. Arizona’s Rashad Ross drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone on a pass that had been intercepted, just one play after a holding penalty on the Commanders negated a San Antonio interception. The Hotshots rallied to come within one possession of the Commanders. However, on the fourth-and-12 “onside conversion” that the AAF uses, the Hotshots were unable to get a throw off. San Antonio moved into a tie atop the West with the San Diego Fleet.
San Diego Fleet 27, Salt Lake Stallions 25
Kameron Kelly had a career night for the Fleet with three interceptions in a 27-25 win over the Salt Lake Stallions. Stallions quarterback Josh Woodrum led the Stallions with a 76 -yard drive in the closing minutes of the game to go up 25-24 with less than a minute to play. San Diego quarterback Mike Bercovici answered with a 45-yard pass to Dontez Ford which set up Donny Hageman for the game-winning field goal as time expired.
Orlando Apollos 31, Birmingham Iron 14
This was supposed to be a matchup of two unbeaten teams in the AAF but after Birmingham’s loss last week, it turned out to be less than expected as the Orlando Apollo’s rolled to a convincing win in Birmingham. The Apollos are averaging an AAF-best 29.8 points per game at the halfway point of the season. They jumped out to a 17-0 lead as quarterback Garrett Gilbert completed 23 of 35 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns against against the league’s top scoring defense. Charles Johnson caught six passes for 83 yards for Orlando, while De’Veon Smith had 119 yards on 14 carries.
AAF NEWS AND NOTES:
- San Diego Cornerback Kameron Kelly is the defensive player of the week with three interceptions for the Fleet in their win over the Salt Lake Stallions
- San Antonio Commanders’ quarterback Logan Woodside is the offensive player of the week as he completed 21-of-27 passes for 290 yards and two touchdowns against Arizona.
- Rumors have been swirling that troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel might join the San Antonio Commanders but do the Commanders really need him?
- AAF football app is now available on Apple TV
- Starter has returned to football as the official supplier for the AAF.
- If you don’t have time to watch an entire AAF game, watch the highlights on YouTube. Type “AAF Highlights” in the search and click on Highlight Heaven for each game. They are pretty good quality highlights.
Current AAF Standings:
- Eastern Division
- Orlando Apollos (5-0)
- Birmingham Iron (3-2)
- Atlanta Legends (2-3)
- Memphis Express (1-4)
- Western Division
- San Antonio Commanders (3-2)
- San Diego Fleet (3-2)
- Arizona Hotshots (2-3)
- Salt Lake Stallions (1-4)
Week 6 Schedule:
- Memphis at Salt Lake
- Arizona at Orlando
- San Antonio at Atlanta
- Birmingham at San Diego