Memphis Express v Salt Lake Stallions – Game Recap

Both teams entered 1-4 on the season with some crazy losses. The Salt Lake Stallions has a heartbreaking loss last week after somehow surviving 5 different turnovers. The Express also had a last second loss in their previous game.

Memphis Express

Memphis looked totally out of their element in the first quarter giving up two touchdowns and producing a grand total of 37 yards for the quarter. They ran only 11 plays in the first quarter and one of those was a monster 61 yard punt. Brandon Silvers went 3/6 for 22 yards.

In the second quarter the Express started to pick up some steam. Brandon Silvers connected with Zac Stacy for an 11 yard touchdown although the Express were unable to complete the 2-point chance. They also added an Austin MacGinnis 31-yard field goal. Silvers was 12/13 for 164 yards and the one touchdown.

The third quarter saw Memphis crash back down to form much closer to the first quarter. Silvers still had a high completion percentage with 5/7, but only for 22 yards. They added 27 rush yards to the quarter from a stable of running backs. They punted twice for a 60 yard average in the quarter, but that was really the only action. They went completely scoreless in this quarter, just like the first (and the fourth).

Memphis really, really struggled this game. There’s really not much else to say, as they only generated 20-yards of offense in the fourth quarter. The Express only controlled the ball for about 5 minutes in the fourth quarter due to the Stallions defense, and it’s mighty difficult to have a comeback without the ball.

Player Ratings:

QB: Brandon Silvers, 6:

Silvers looked out of his element, the defense kept constant pressure on him the entire game. Although he finished with a decent stat line, 23 for 37 with 242 yards and 1 touchdown. But it’s also important to remember that they literally trailed the entire game. That makes his line “look” comparable to Woodrum’s, but the Stallions also didn’t need Woodrum to anything after basically the second quarter.

RB: Zac Stacy, 6:

Zac Stacy was the easy choice here, but that’s because he got more than double the carries (and triple the yards) of any other Express back. Don’t let this deceive you though, he had 11 carries for 31 yards. The whole rushing game suffered while the team was forced to air it out and honestly, the only reason he got this high of a rating is because every was the lone touchdown receiver.

Receiver: R. Horn, 7:

Reece Horn was the pick of the receivers putting together a nice line with 8 catches on 10 targets for 129 yards. He looked by far the most likely to get the Express back into this one (especially after a 31-yard scamper). Horn was a victim of his team not being able to score, or his ceiling might have been off the charts tonight.

Special Teams, 8:

The Memphis special teams hit the one field goal they had an opportunity for. The real reason they ranked this highly though was there insane punting by Ryan Winslow. He averaged more than 50-yards per punt over 7 attempts with a long of 67-yards and two punts inside the twenty.

Defense, 6:

Really all that needs to be said here, is first quarter. Any time your team allows 19 points in the first quarter, it’s going to be a rough day in the office. To their credit (and reflected by their moderate rating) they managed to at least slow the Stallions charge outside of quarter one.

Salt Lake Stallions

The Stallions roared right out of the gate putting 16 points on the board in the first quarter alone. Both of the touchdowns were passing ones from Jake Woodrum who was 14/19 in the first quarter, throwing for over 100 yards and the two touchdowns. In addition he was perfect on his 2-point conversions one to Terrell Newby and another to Jordan Leslie. They finished the first quarter with 114 yards of passing offense and 7 rushing yards.

The second quarter was much more pedestrian than the first, with only three points scored by the stallions on a field goal from Taylor Bertolet. They didn’t have much luck getting their running game going in this quarter either with a total of 17 rush yards to supplant 64 passing yards. Woodrum went 4/6 in this quarter for those 64 yards and no touchdowns.

The third quarter was the best from a rushing standpoint for the stallions with 22 yards. Their passing game also slowed down markedly with 55 yards, their lowest quarters output of the game. Woodrum also cooled off a little bit completing 4 of 8. This was the only quarter that the Stallions were kept off the board scoring in every other quarter.

While the Stallions were definitely the hottest in the first quarter, the fact that Dennis Ericksen’s men kept adding on to their lead was a good sign! Taylor Bertolet tacked on another field goal from 22-yards out. The fourth quarter was mostly about protecting the lead the Stallions had built, and they weren’t keen on taking big risks. They ran the ball 13 times and only dropped back four.

Player Ratings:

QB: Jake Woodrum, 8:

Woodrum had a very nice game today, going 24 for 37 for 243 yards and two touchdowns along with an interception. I think this is one of the better whole game performances I’ve seen from Woodrum. If there’s one knock it’s that a majority of the damage was done up front.

RB: Joel Bouagnon, 7:

Bouagnon was a workhorse tonight, one attempt shy of a 20-carry game. He averaged over 3 yards per game but didn’t really have the huge runs he’s had across the year so far (his long today was 16). He also didn’t manage a touchdown today, which was unusual for the running back.

Receiver: Anthony Denham/Nick Truesdell, 8:

Normally I only cover the best performer, but these guys were really close together and I figured it was better to give it to two guys instead of the whole receiving corps. Both guys were targeted five times and added a touchdown. Truesdell caught one more of those attempts and added 25 more yards but together they were a dangerous duo.

Special Teams, 7:

Bertolet was consistent (as he had been all season) going two for two. Austin Rehkow didn’t have any miscues but the Express punter out kicked him by more than 10 yards on average on a lot more attempts.

Defense, 9:

The Offense actually took off this game (finally!) and gave the defense some opportunities to play from ahead. They kept Memphis completely shut out in the first quarter and the damage allowed was only minimal after that. Karter Schult and Gionni Paul were both beasts on the defense. And Tenny Palepoi added some sacks for huge yardage losses. Overall, great game for the Stallions, complete with two fumble recoveries.

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