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Mexico City Aztecs @ Carolina Skyhawks

Results

Regular Season Season 10 (Winter 2018)

David A. Richardson Memorial Stadium

Mexico City Aztecs
Carolina Skyhawks
14 - 20
Final Score
Scoreboard Total Yds Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass TDs Rush TDs TD 1st Downs 3D Conv. 3D Att. 3rd down % 4D Conv. 4D Att. 4th Down % TOP TO 1 2 3 4 OT Final
Mexico City Aztecs 366 224 142 1 1 17 5 14 36 2 2 100 16:52 1 - 0 7 7 0 - 14
Carolina Skyhawks 350 139 211 1 0 15 7 12 58 0 0 0 27:08 1 - 7 6 7 0 - 20
PAS YDS
0
PAS TD
0
RSH YDS
0
RSH TD
0
PAS YDS
0
PAS TD
0
RSH YDS
0
RSH TD
0
Additional Stats
0ATT
0REC
0INT
0ATT
0REC
0INT
Defense/Special Teams Mexico City Aztecs Carolina Skyhawks
Times sacked. 0 0
Tackles. 0 0
Tackles for loss. 0 0
Punt return yards. 0 0
Kick return yardage. 0 0

Details

Date Time League Season Week
01/14/2018 3:00 pm CST Regular Season Season 10 (Winter 2018) 2

Venue

David A. Richardson Memorial Stadium

Results

TeamTotal YdsPass YdsRush YdsPass TDsRush TDs1st Downs3D Conv.3D Att.3rd down %4D Conv.4D Att.4th Down %TOPTO1234OTFinal
Mexico City Aztecs3662241421117514362210016:521077014
Carolina Skyhawks35013921110157125800027:081767020

Recap

by Ray Bentley, Mexico City RB
DATELINE: Raleigh, North Carolina. The Mexico City Aztecs traveled north to the Carolina Skyhawks for Week 2 with both teams vying for their first win of the season to help galvanize their fanbases. It was the Skyhawks who would capture their first win at the end of regulation thanks to a bit of poor clock management on the part of the Aztecs, but those in attendance can tell you that up until the end, it truly was anyone’s game.

QUARTER ONE: The Skyhawks Take Flight

Mexico City’s night began auspiciously, losing the coin toss, but winning possession of the ball on a Carolina kick. Unfortunately for the former champions, the Skyhawk secondary came out of the gate firing on all cylinders, forcing a punt and giving the Skyhawks offense, led by quarterback Mark Biddix, control of the ball. Take control Biddix did, marching his team down the field with help from running back A.J. Francis. Inside Aztec territory, Biddix found wide receiver Jalan Miller in the endzone to put the first points on the board for the night. Trailing 0-7, Mexico was again stopped by Carolina’s defense, in particular Sir Chappell, Phil Hall, and Jay Bolt, who had a combined 15 tackles for the night. For a team that registered 26 total tackles from star players, this trio of rookies seemed to have Mexico’s number for the entire first quarter, forcing a hurry up offense that went nowhere and giving Carolina the lead and the ball back going into the second quarter.

QUARTER TWO: The Microcosm

The Skyhawks once again went downfield, but this time the Mexico City defense had been slapped back into shape, and Carolina settled for a field goal. Upon getting the ball back, Aztecs quarterback Matt Willson shook off that first quarter dust and started taking the championship offensive unit down the field when it happened again: in enemy territory, an easy pass was intercepted by a generic defensive back. Fortunately for the visitors, Ray Bentley tackled the interception short of the end zone, and once again their defense was able to hold the Skyhawks to another field goal. With the score at 0-13, once again, some went ahead and called it a night, but those are the fans who have never seen a Mexico game. Richard Montague, the most handsome receiver in the league, caught an equally handsome 56 yard touchdown pass to put Mexico right back in contention with 26 seconds to spare. At halftime, the Carolina Skyhawks led, 13-7.

QUARTER THREE: Altered Beast, Alter Me

The Skyhawks, having deferred to begin the game, received the ball, but were not able to capitalize on it eventually punting the ball away to Mexico City. The Aztecs had made a few adjustments at halftime and on the first play of their possession, Ray “Altered Beast” Bentley was able to evade Carolina’s defense for a wild 38 yard touchdown. Carolina and Mexico then began a battle of attrition, each going three and out until A.J. Francis showed off his own inner Beast. After the Aztecs nailed a punt inside the 5, Francis blew past the Mexico City secondary for 79 yards, finally being brought down by Jack Brown as the long distance run began to take its toll. Taking a breather, Carolina was able to finally cash in their redzone appearances on a handoff to backup back Jody Barr, putting them ahead 14-20. Mexico would go three and out on their next series, but Devin Cabrera would get things going again for their defense, picking off a Biddix pass intended for Francis. Mexico injured Skyhawks cornerback Pierre Luyindula, but were not able to do anything positive with the interception and punted inside the 5 again. The Skyhawks once again avoided a safety with another long 40 yard run. Going into the fourth quarter, Carolina held onto a slim lead at 14-20.

QUARTER FOUR: A Challenging Situation

The battle of attrition began again with Skyhawks receivers Mark Strike and Trystan Dieciseis not getting much help against a resurgent Mexico defense. Mexico, however, was having troubles of their own getting the balls to do much and on a crucial third and one, Dijon Swann ran a first down backwards, to the chagrin of Aztecs fans. Having converted a fourth down earlier, and with the Altered Beast on their side, the Aztecs went for it again and converted … or so it was thought, until Carolina threw a red flag, and the call was reversed, giving the Skyhawks the ball back with the 2 minute warning fast approaching. The Aztecs were able to hold the line, however, and received the ball back under two minutes. Mexico showed signs of their former selves, marching down the field, converting on fourth down with the clock ticking away, but with K.L. Barrett tackled right before the endzone with 9 seconds to go, Mexico was unable to get off another play. The night ended with celebrations in Raleigh, while the former champions headed home to do some soul searching.
Ultimately, the game between the Skyhawks and the Aztecs was one of the most exciting in recent SFL memory. With defensive battles between frightening rookies on both sides and explosions of offense from A.J. Francis and Ray Bentley, the game had almost everything an SFL fan could ask for. While Mexico went home with their second loss of the season, they have plenty to look forward to in their build. Carolina, meanwhile, should feel confident that they’ve truly turned the corner after defeating the former champions. Next week, the Aztecs host the Chicago Wildcats for a rematch of the Season 9 Championship Game, while the Carolina Skyhawks travel across the proverbial pond to take on the victorious London Knights.

Video

Mexico City Aztecs

Offense Position Pass. C ATT COMP % PAS YDS PAS TD INT LNG SCKD YDS LST Rush. CAR RSH YDS YPC RSH TD LNG Rec. REC YDS YPR TD LNG TGT FUM LST Punt. P TB I20
Matt WillsonQB 193455.88224115615 0000  0000 000 000
Dijon SwannWR 000000 00 0000  66310.5018000 000
K.L. BarrettWR 000000 00 0000  66110.2021000 000
Ray BentleyRB 000000 00 231576.8138 210.502000 000
Richard MontagueWR 000000 00 0000  38829.3156000 000
Total  193455.8822411 15 231576.81  1721312.51 000 000
Defense Position TCK AST 1 SCK 1/2 SCK TFL PD INT YDS LNG TD FGA FGM LNG PR PR YDS PR TD LNG KR KR YDS KR TD LNG
Dijon SwannWR00000000 000 413055107024
Kole VarnerK00000000 000 000 000 
King WallisCB71000000 000 000 000 
Devin CabreraFS32000012020000 000 000 
Pablo ZamoraSS31000000 000 000 000 
Fran OgawaCB47000000 000 000 000 
Jack BrownLB70002000 000 000 000 
Landin MackLB122001000 000 000 000 
Total 36130030120 000 4130 51070 

Carolina Skyhawks

Offense Position Pass. C ATT COMP % PAS YDS PAS TD INT LNG SCKD YDS LST Rush. CAR RSH YDS YPC RSH TD LNG Rec. REC YDS YPR TD LNG TGT FUM LST Punt. P TB I20
Jalan MillerWR 000000 00 0000  7547.7122000 000
Mark StrikeWR 000000 00 0000  12121.0021000 000
Trystan DieciseisWR 000000 00 0000  5469.2017000 000
Mark BiddixQB 182185.71139112228 133.003 0000 000 000
AJ FrancisRB 000000 00 342015.9079 221.002000 000
Total  182185.7113911 28 352045.80  151238.21 000 000
Defense Position TCK AST 1 SCK 1/2 SCK TFL PD INT YDS LNG TD FGA FGM LNG PR PR YDS PR TD LNG KR KR YDS KR TD LNG
Mark StrikeWR00000000 000 51504371025
Pierre LuyindulaCB30000100 000 000 000 
Sir ChappellFS42000000 000 000 000 
Giovanni BoltSS32000213535000 000 000 
Greg ReedyCB22001200 000 000 000 
Phil HallLB42000000 000 000 000 
Christopher ColonDT31000000 000 000 000 
Jay BoltLB72000000 000 000 000 
Total 26110015135 000 5150 3710 
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