At this point last season, the St. Louis Gladiators and the San Antonio Vaqueros were both struggling along with ailing seasons. Now both clubs are looking to establish themselves as legitimate contenders for playoff contention.
As it turned out, the Gladiators visit to Texas would be a damp squib. They failed to put up any points until garbage time against a strong Vaqueros side that scored 26 unanswered points in front of their faithful.
The Vaqueros success was marshaled by a strong defensive performance led by linebacker Obi Okoye with 9 tackles and 2 tackles for losses. The Vaqueros held rookie sensation Denzel Diaz to just 62 yards and kept recent rookie acquisition Dylan Aciel on his toes in his first outing for the Gladiators. Aciel picked up a fair record on his debut with 238 yards for 1 TD and 1 INT but ultimately the St. Louis offense left too many points on the field as the Vaqueros sauntered out to a comfortable and ultimately unassailable lead.
That lead was constructed by player of the game Joey Langdon, who looks light years away from the interception happy man under centre that he was during season 9. 283 yards and 2 touchdowns, one from a dump off to Anderson Silver and the second off a sterling performance from Daley Holder, who had 154 yards on the day, really highlighted that this San Antonio team has room to grow offensively.
They will need to make the most of that room with a Week 6 matchup against Alaska on the cards in what very well could be a shootout. Meanwhile St. Louis will look to bounce back against a decidedly less intimidating Sioux Falls Sparrows side which is coming off of a second straight defeat.