The Gulf Coast Gators squared off with the #3 Mobile Generals in the APDFL's Game of the Week! The Gators marched their opening possession down the field and took an early lead when QB Robbie Morse hit WR Labarron Mallory on a wheel route down the right sideline for six!
Later in the second quarter, after the Generals had taken a 7-6 lead, RB Jamarius Green found running room up the middle and raced to the end zone for his first rushing TD of the season. Kicker Ron McCanna would connect on a 25 yard FG right before the half to give the Gators a 15-7 halftime lead.
With QB Robbie Morse sidelined with an injury, Joshua Nettles got the call to lead the Gators offense in the second half. Nettles would drive the Gators into the Generals red zone when RB Jamarius Green took a direct snap off right tackle and found WR Jordan Ewing in the back of the end zone for the halfback pass TD!
With the Gators up 21-7, the Generals would rattle off 14 unanswered points to get the game to overtime. After the Gators defense stifled the Mobile offense on their OT possession, the offense would have a chance to put the Generals away. Kicker McCanna would connect from 27 yards out on his second field goal of the night to give the Gators the 24-21 win!
The Gators will travel to Tallahassee next Saturday to face the Tallahassee Panthers @ 7pm!
The Gulf Coast Gators faced the Bayou Vipers in the teams APDFL debut on Saturday. The Gators got things rolling early with a 46 yard strike from QB Robbie Morse to RB Tray Williams on the opening play of the game. The drive would stall in the red zone however when Morse's 4th down pass intended for WR Jordan Ewing fell just out of reach.
The Gators got the scoring started when Morse found WR Franklin Harvey on a quick slant where Harvey split defenders and outran the Vipers secondary for six! Labarron Mallory capped the scoring drive with a successful two-point conversion pass to TE Allen Greenhill. The Vipers would answer late in the second quarter to close the gap to 8-6 Gators at the half.
In the second half, after a controversial fumble where Gators WR Harvey appeared to be down, the Vipers scooped up the loose ball and raced to the Gators eight yard line. The Vipers would take advantage of the short field and score on a pass play to take a 12-8 lead. The Gators would answer a few possessions later when CB Dee Garrett fielded a punt of the bounce and blazed his way 73 yards to the end zone to give the Gators a 14-12 advantage. RB Jamarius Green added the two-point conversion run for a 16-12 lead.
Garrett would provide the Gators with another big play as he snagged his second interception of the night in the end zone to thwart the Vipers comeback attempt to seal the Gator home opener victory 16-12!
The Gators (1-0) will host the Mobile Generals (1-0) next Saturday at Meigs Stadium in Shalimar at 5pm.
No. 18 Atlanta Tigers (2-3) at No. 7 NWF Nightmare (4-1): Both teams are coming off contrasting games, with the Tigers losing in a 28-8 home game and the Nightmare shutting out down Tallahassee Wolves 33-0. Nightmare running back Jamarius Green leads the team in rushing with 305 yards on the season and anchors a potent offensive attack, which is averaging 20.4 points per game. The Tigers have struggled in their last couple of games, losing by a combined score of 74-8 to Opelika Chiefs and Georgia Canes, respectively.
PREDICTION: Nightmare 31, Tigers 16
No. 22 Florida Saints (1-3) at No. 27 Alabama Rottweilers (0-4): If there's a game in which both teams are in dire need of a win, look no further than Saturday's matchup between the Saints and RottWeilers. The Saints are in the midst of a 3-game losing streak, which includes an 18-0 loss to the Alabama Spartans last weekend. On the other side of the spectrum, the Rottweilers are coming off a 63-0 shellacking at the hands of the Opelika Chiefs.
PREDICITION: Saints 14, Rottweilers 13
No. 16 Arkansas Wolverines (2-2) at No. 13 Mississippi Sting (3-2): Can the Sting notch their second 2-game winning streak of the season? That's the task at hand Saturday against a feisty Wolverines squad looking to bounce back from a 30-8 loss at the hands of the Mississippi Dynasty. Arkansas also needs the win to avoid making it three losses in a row, after beginning the season 2-0. The Sting will rely upon the arm of quarterback Preston Lockhart to power a solid offense through the air.
PREDICTION: Sting 27, Wolverines 14
No. 15 Emerald Coast Scorpions (3-2) at No. 26 Tallahassee Wolves (0-4): The APDFL season hasn't started off quite the way the Wolves have wanted it to. Three close losses before a 33-0 meltdown last weekend against the NWF Nightmare have Tallahassee searching for answers. Emerald Coast have had no such problems, winning three out of its last four contests. A win for the Wolves here would do wonders, but the Scorpions are coming down Interstate 10 with different intentions.
PREDICTION: Scorpions 25, Wolves 21
No. 14 Prattville Patriots (3-2) at No. 11 West Alabama Warriors (3-1): In one of the better matchups of the weekend, the Patriots visit the Warriors in a game that holds major implications in the American West division. A win for the Warriors would increase their chances down the stretch of winning a division crown and likewise for the Patriots. Prattville quarterback Nick Fletcher has already thrown for 1,032 yards and nine touchdowns through five games.
PREDICTION: Warriors 36, Patriots 28
No. 17 Tri-City Generals (2-2) at No. 1 Metro Atlanta Horsemen (5-0): Standing in the Horsemen's way of a perfect 6-0 record is the Tri-City Generals, who are coming off a solid 22-12 victory over the West Alabama Warriors last weekend. It's a tall task for the Warriors to upend the Horsemen at home. Metro Atlanta is currently 2-0 at home and have outscored opponents by a combined score of 54-6. Is it all but a sure thing that the Horsemen go to 6-0 after Saturday?
PREDICTION: Horsemen 43, Generals 13
No. 6 Georgia Canes (3-1) at No. 21 Georgia Dawgs (1-3): The Canes have rolled through everyone, for the exception of the Metro Atlanta Horsemen, and the Dawgs seem to be another team that could be the next victim. Georgia Canes have been stout defensively on the road, only allowing eight points between two games. The Dawgs picked up their first win last week against the Tampa Bay Sharks, but will face a much stiffer test in the Canes.
PREDICTION: Canes 39, Dawgs 20
No. 29 Panhandle Hurricanes (0-5) at No. 12 Mississippi Dynasty (3-2): All signs in this game are pointing towards one thing and that's an easy victory for the Dynasty. The Hurricanes hope to avoid their sixth straight loss of the season, as they're coming off a 42-14 loss to the Mississippi Sting. Now facing another strong Mississippi-based club, the fellas out of the panhandle of Florida will need to pull it together if they look to halt the Dynasty's 2-game winning streak.
PREDICTION: Dynasty 51, Hurricanes 14
No. 19 North Pinellas Decepticons (1-3) at No. 28 Tampa Bay Sharks (0-4): The two first-year teams in the APDFL are still trying to find themselves and the Decepticons feel like they're not too far off from being a division contender. The Sharks on the other hand are building with young players, under the guidance of owner Armand Akiboh. If the Sharks can gain confidence early on, they can certainly make this contest very interesting. North Pinellas, though, has had a little bit more time to jell on both sides of the ball.
PREDICTION: Decepticons 23, Sharks 12
No. 10 Highlands County Enforcers (4-1) at Florida Stingrays (4-5): The Enforcers take on the United Football Federation of America's Florida Stingrays in a non-league matchup and have a strong chance of knocking off a strong opponent out of Fort Myers. Highlands County lost its first matchup last weekend against the Central Florida Tiger Sharks, but will look to bounce back this week with a victory.
No. 24 Tuscaloosa Panthers (1-4) at No. 25 Alabama Blackhawks (0-4): The Panthers pulled off a surprising victory against Prattville last weekend and are looking to make it two in a row against the winless Blackhawks. It has been a rough 2016 campaign for the Blackhawks so far, as Alabama has been competitive in all of its contest but has yet to pull off a win. An 18-6 loss to the Capital City Cobras last weekend showed signs of promise for the Blackhawks and possible chances for a win this Saturday.
PREDICTION: Panthers 28, Blackhawks 26
No. 20 Plaquemine Parish Broncos (1-3) at No. 23 Greater New Orleans Jaguars (1-4): Greater New Orleans picked up a much needed first win of the season last week against a solid Emerald Coast Scorpions team. Now, they'll look to make it two in a row against the Broncos, who lost in a very competitive contest last weekend versus the Louisiana Lightning. With both teams playing in an extremely tough American South division, which includes Louisiana Lightning and Oklahoma City Bounty Hunters. Each team needs the division win badly.
PREDICTION: Broncos 27, Jaguars 24
No. 8 Alabama Spartans (4-1) at No. 5 Louisiana Lightning (4-0): In what is very likely the second best APDFL matchup on Saturday, the Spartans visit the Lightning, who have opened up the season with four straight victories. The Spartans will need quarterback Laquan Bryant (418 yards, 2 TDs) to step up in this big road game. The Lightning counter with a strong defensive unit, which despite allowing 21 points last week, have played very well through four games this season.
PREDICTION: Lightning 29, Spartans 20
No. 2 Capital City Cobras (5-0) at No. 4 Opelika Chiefs (5-0): A powerhouse matchup between Capital City and Opelika has been hyped up all throughout the past week and the game looks to live up to the billing. Or will it? The Chiefs have steamrolled through opponents and last week's 63-0 thrashing of the Alabama Rottweilers was one example out of five blowout victories on the season. The Cobras haven't been quite too shabby themselves, as quarterback Doin Graham has thrown for over 700 yards and 10 touchdowns. Capital City will need to slow down Opelika's air and ground duo of Kyle Caldwell (747 yards, 13 TDs) and Latrell Jenkins (353 yards, 5 TDs).
PREDICTION: Chiefs 37, Cobras 19