The Swarm scored 38 of their 62 points in the second quarter, breaking a SFL record for points in a quarter in a 62-31 win over Cleveland. The 62 points were also the most scored in Swarm franchise history and most scored in a league game since the August 7, 2016 when Santa Fe put up 62 against Minneapolis, who lost quarterback Rocco Marconi early in the first half.
The game unraveled quickly for Cleveland, who tied the game at 10 on a Koma Keleka kickoff return TD. Tight end Kody Taylor broke free to put Atlanta up 17-10 and on the ensuing kickoff, Keleka fumbled, returned for a score. It took Atlanta just 5:05 to turn a 10-10 tie into a 31-10 blowout. The Stallions run game is the biggest of their troubles, as David Overstreet was once again severly underwhelming (11 carries, 21 yards; 6 receptions, 19 yards). Atlanta’s Mahmoud Ajlouni picked off two passes from Macc Wavy Jr., one returned for his first touchdown.
Atlanta (2-0), which failed to win two games in a row at any point last season, heads to St. Louis to face the Gladiators (0-2), a team that ended Atlanta’s postseason hopes in St. Louis in the final regular season game of the winter. Cleveland (0-2) will play their home opener against 0-2 Carolina, two teams getting desperate to turn around a frustrating early season.