Iron, Hotshots Blaze Path To Victory In AAF Week 1

Iron, Hotshots Blaze Path To Victory In AAF Week 1

By James Jackson

February 11, 2019

Week one of the Alliance of American Football has concluded and it was certainly a memorable one. With the Commanders and Apollos both coming away with victories Saturday night, Sunday saw the Birmingham Iron and Arizona Hotshots shine.

The Birmingham Iron took on the Memphis Express in a one sided beat down. Veteran NFL kicker Nick Novak put up the first nine points for the Iron. Sunday’s game saw the return of former Alabama star running back Trent Richardson. Richardson wasted no time returning to his former glory, scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The Iron rolled past the Express 26-0.

“That was fantastic,” Iron head coach Tim Lewis said in a post game press conference. “I really enjoyed that and it was fun. Our players played fairly well and I appreciate all our coaches and the efforts our team put forth to get this thing done and we did it in a good way.”

Sundays primetime game saw the Salt Lake Stallions travel to Arizona to take on the Hotshots. This game was a fun one to watch, bringing a lot of action and entertainment. Former Wake Forest University standout John Wolford put up stellar numbers in his Hotshots debut. Maurice Jones Drew even compared Wolford to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. Wolford threw for 275 yards and four touchdowns.

“It's exciting. You're part of a start-up, everything is a first,” Wolford said when asked what it felt like to be a part of the Hotshots' debut. “Every pass is the first pass, the first completion, the first touchdown. So it's fun.

“I thought the league has done a great job so far. Everything is extremely well run and we had some good football tonight so it's something to be proud of.”

Wolford wasn’t the only one who put up incredible numbers in the debut of the Hotshots. Former Arizona State turned Hotshots wide receiver Rashad Ross had an impressive game. Ross caught five passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns.

“It was great to come back to my college stadium and perform the way I did,” Ross said. “I haven't been playing football since OTAs and the preseason with the Cardinals, so to come and show that i still have it, my talent, and actually get an opportunity, it's just great.”

The Hotshots prevailed 38-22 against a solid Stallions team. Week one appeared to be a success, now week two is upon us and it’s time to see how things work in the long run.

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