The first quarter of this game was a tightly contested battle of wills, but Queen City managed to gain the upper hand. HB Ash Odom was running hard, giving QCC the necessary yardage to get into the red zone multiple times. QB AJ Caswell found WR Joe Simpson for the first score of the game. Simpson has been a nice non-contract player for the Corsairs this season. Later in the quarter, Caswell found WR Chris Curtis on a wide-open slant route to go up 14-0. DeMar Woods and the Swarm offense could not get anything going, and the quarter ended 14-0 Queen City.
The 2nd quarter saw Atlanta’s defense solidify and hold Queen City’s high-powered attack to no points. EK Vinson and Erik Lee would both pick off AJ Caswell on the day, who has suffered from the turnover bug in recent weeks. Meanwhile, DeMar Woods managed to find points on multiple splash plays. The first was to TE Jay Frontz on a 62-yard TD pass after busted coverage by Queen City. That score came with only three minutes left to play before halftime. After another setback by the QCC offense, Woods found Boo Chisolm for another 62-yard touchdown pass to tie the game 14-14 heading into halftime.
The Swarm started the second half with a bang, thanks to BDG Hollewood, who scampered 68 yards for a touchdown. The score put the Swarm up 21-14. Hollewood had 136 yards on 24 carries on the day. Meanwhile, the Corsairs could not recreate the 1st quarter magic. Caswell struggled finding open passing lanes, while Ash Odom, who managed 131 on 32 carries for the game, was starting to be stifled on runs up the gut. Midway through the third, Atlanta put up three more points on a field goal to go up 24-14. It would be the last score of the third quarter.
The fourth quarter was a stalemate. Both squads were visibly tired. Queen City from running down long plays from Atlanta’s offense; Atlanta from scoring on splash plays. Queen City did manage to score for the first time since the first quarter, but only on a field goal. This put the score 24-17, Atlanta’s lead. After some back-and-forth action, Queen City took the ball with under two minutes left to play, two timeouts, and a chance to tie the game with a touchdown. Unfortunately, Caswell could not raise his level of play and threw the ball right into a defender’s lap to seal the game for the Swarm. Woods, who threw for 195 yards and 2 touchdowns, ended the game in victory formation.
Atlanta moves to 3-3 on the year, riding a two-game win streak. Next week, they travel to face the London Knights in what is sure to be a tough battle.
Meanwhile, the Corsairs fall to 3-3 after starting 3-0 on the year. Since a devastating loss to the Pride, they’ve lost three straight. In need of righting the ship, they host the undefeated Tallahassee Pride next week in a rematch of the game that started their downward spiral.