Photo credit: Kevin C. Cox / AAF
Author: Jon Kuzma
Week two didn’t go very smoothly for the Birmingham Iron. Tim Lewis’ ball club fell behind 9-0 against a tough Salt Lake team but that didn’t prevent the Iron from giving it all they had. Thanks to a shutout in the second half Birmingham was able to battle back and eventually win the game 12-9. The biggest play came on special teams when Jamar Summers stripped De’Mornay Pierson-El and then Shaheed Salmon recovered it for a touchdown. That play gave the Iron their first score of the day and the Stallions couldn’t hold off the surge. In fact Salt Lake’s kicker Taylor Bertolet missed three field goals and that prevented his squad from getting things together. Once the final whistle had blown Luis Perez had thrown for 184 yards, 0 touchdowns, and no interceptions. Trent Richardson also ran hard in the victory racking up 41 yards and 1 touchdown on the ground. While Beniquez Brown (6 tackles, 1 sack) and Jeremy Faulk (4 tackles, 1 sack) led the way on defense. Overall you have to appreciate this win because the Birmingham Iron showed how resilient they can be. Things could’ve got out of hand after going down early but instead they strapped in and went to work. For the Stallion it was the exact opposite. To lose after leading for three and a half quarters is a brutal way to go down. Dennis Erickson has to be disappointed with the outcome of their first two games but Salt Lake has looked competitive in both of those contests. Once they find a way to close out their opponents things will start to improve. The top performer for Erickson’s group was hands down Karter Schult. The defensive end recorded 6 tackles, 3 TFLs, and 2 sacks proving that he’s a force to be reckoned with. Joel Bouagnon also ran well racking up 70 yards and 1 touchdown in the loss. The Stallions really need to clean up their passing game if they want to evolve in the next eight weeks. Austin Allen only had 114 yards and no Salt Lake receiver had more than 28 yards. Give Birmingham credit though they bounced back and got the job done. Every franchise in the AAF is trying to establish themselves right now and the Iron are off to a good start.
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The Birmingham Iron battled back and beat the Salt Lake Stallions 12-9.