Written by Baylee O’Shaugnessey, Josh Farnzy, Stefaun Forge, Rae Colston and Matthew Slinn
Images by Axel Raven and Hubba Kimbrel
Sometimes the most innocuous play can snowball into a team’s wakeup call. Trailing by a score midway through the third quarter, Vulture tight end Lloyd Graham Jr. caught the ball and was immediately blown up and the ball came loose, recovered by St. Louis. Bang. Bang. Play. The ruling on the field, however, was overturned (which seemed to be correct, but sooooo close) and Baltimore retained possession. The near-fumble seemed to light a fire under Baltimore, as quarterback Jack Wigmore hit Ivory Ervin on the next play for a 66-yard touchdown strike through the teeth of the St. Louis defense. Moments later, safety Giovanni Bolt intercepted his third pass of the day – setting up the Vultures with a short field, where they converted for another quick touchdown. Baltimore never looked back, fending off the Gladiators, 34-23. Wigmore was all-star-level once again, racking up 305 yards and four touchdowns. They improved to 3-0 at the quarter post of the season and will look to make it 4-0 next week as they return home to face Tulsa. Sometimes all it takes is one random play or call to motivate everyone. Baltimore did what great teams do – convert their chances and rally when needed most.
This Houston Hyenas defense is proving to be no joke, holding the hometown Tulsa Desperados to a scoreless first half and a total haul of just 13 points. This would prove crucial, as the Hyenas remain unbeaten on the season despite a so-so performance from the offense, especially in the running game. Behind the playmaking abilities of veteran safeties, Ethan Kye and Brady Clarke, the Hyenas D showed a nasty bite, pressuring opposing QB Jay Cue all game, coming away with 4 sacks and 2 interceptions. With many of this roster being young players, the battle-hardened nature of the aforementioned safeties and linebacker Alex Perez (whom got to the QB on two occasions) is proving invaluable this season. Speaking of young players, Dave Burr is slowing down somewhat, despite having another good performance. The duo of interceptions aside, Burr threw accurately, connecting with his favorite target, DR Sim, on a number of occasions, twice in the end zone. Sim’s league leading production and the leg of Sunny Jay catapulted Houston to a good 23-13 victory. Week 4 sees a visit to Houston by the LA Lycans, a team in transition after separating from coach, James Richards.