With over 100 yards rushing in the fourth quarter, Mexico City running back Ray Bentley made a statement Sunday night – and so did the rest of his teammates – in a 42-27 triumph over the Alaska Storm. Mexico City’s ground game dominance late trumped the Alaska offense that racked up nearly 500 yards and 27 first downs. The Aztecs celebrated their history by dawning Santa Fe Gorillas throwbacks in all orange.
Bentley’s 211 yards on 24 carries performance helped him stay atop the rushing leaderboards through four weeks, with an impressive 829 yards this season. Matt Willson kept a clean sheet, throwing three touchdowns and no picks, using Ryan Moxon as his favorite target (5 receptions, 112 yards and two touchdowns). Linebacker Chase Story had a banner game, collecting 16 total tackles. He had a crucial interception in the end zone at the end of the first half. Devin Cabrera also turned in a strong game – 13 tackles and an INT. For Alaska, Ash Odom was somehow outdone on the ground, despite 184 yards on 30 carries. Optimus Cline had a career high 13 receptions.
Next week, Alaska hosts an angry Dallas team as the two 2-2 squads will tussle in the great northwest. Mexico City will head north for a date with the Oklahoma City Renegades.