Photo credit: Joe Murphy / AAF
Author: Jon Kuzma
It’s been a rough start for the Alliance of American Football’s Memphis Express but they finally got their first win of the season by defeating the San Diego Fleet 26-23. Believe it or not the Fleet were winning this match-up 14-3 after the first quarter but that’s when the Express defense started to take over the game. Drew Jackson was everywhere and he recorded 13 tackles, 4 TFLs, 1 sack, and 1 interception for Memphis. Corey Vereen was also very impressive he recorded 2 tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles in what would go on to be a great team effort for the home team. The other big factor for Mike Singletary’s ball club was the fact that they decided to start Zach Mettenberger over Christian Hackenberg. Hackenberg had yet to throw a touchdown and he was struggling to protect the football (3 interceptions this year). However Mettenberger aired it out for 174 yards, 1 touchdown, and no interceptions in this contest and this team is much better off with a more competent gunslinger under center. Everyone knows the Express have the defense to compete but now they can stretch the field vertically on offense. Which was the reason they had more explosive plays against San Diego. It should be noted that Terrence McGee also caught a big time touchdown late in the 4th quarter and that helped tie things up for Memphis. After that Austin MacGinnis was able to kick a game winning field with just over 2 minutes left and the rest was history. Philip Nelson and Alex Ross each threw a touchdown for the Fleet and Dontez Ford and Marcus Baugh were on the receiving end of those plays. Yet once the second half rolled around San Diego couldn’t get anything going. Look out for the Express because they’ve been improving each week and it seems like they’re only going to get better from here on out.
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Zach Mettenberger’s first start resulted in the Memphis Express’ first win.