Photo credit: Joe Robbins / AAF
Author: Jon Kuzma
Week one of the AAF’s inaugural season continued today and the Birmingham Iron took care of business. The gap between the Iron and the Memphis Express was substantial and that was clear on both sides of the ball. Birmingham’s offense was firing on all cylinders and their execution was very crisp. A lot of that was because Trent Richardson turned back the clock and torched Mike Singletary’s defense for 58 yards and 2 touchdowns. Richardson actually fumbled early on in the game but took over in the second half. Right now the former Alabama star is the top running back in the league and how funny would it be if he played himself into another NFL job? The Iron also got a big night from Luis Perez and he was much better than Christian Hackenberg. Perez threw for 252 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions compared to Hackenberg’s 87 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Obviously it’s going to take time to work out all of the kinks but the Express seemed to lack offensive continuity. Memphis didn’t have any elite weapons either and when you look at what Quinton Patton was able to do for Birmingham it was tough to keep up with that. Patton recorded 107 receiving yards and has been the best receiver in the AAF up to this point. So between Perez, Richardson, and Patton there was a lot of firepower. When you also factor in that Tim Lewis’ defense was able to shutout Hackenberg and the Express’ offense. It just made this win even more convincing. Jonathan Massaquoi was at the forefront of that effort and he put up 5 tackles, 2 sacks, and 3 TFLs. Jamar Summers also had 2 tackles, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble. The top performers for Memphis were Zac Stacy with 58 rushing yards and DeMarquis Gates with 10 tackles and 2 forced fumbles. Ultimately though the Birmingham Iron were too much to match up with and they’ll improve to 1-0.
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Trent Richardson is on fire right now in the AAF. It’s been a good start for him.