Orlando Sentinel : 2019-02-11
SPORTS MONDAY : 23 : C3
| C3 Monday, February 11, 2019 Orlando Sentinel of stuff. Our job is just to go out there and execute it.”
The Legends got on the board first after picking up 62 yards on their opening drive. That concluded with a 38-yard field goal from Younghoe Koo, the first points in AAF history.
But Atlanta’s offense fell flat after that solid beginning and gained just 63 total over the next two-plus quarters.
Marshall’s 26-yard touchdown reception from Gilbert early in the second quarter was the league’s first-ever TD. That was followed about two minutes later with a one-yard rushing score from De’Veon Smith. Akeem Hunt was the team’s leading rushing with 73 yards on 10 carries.
More AAF firsts for the Apollos included the league’s first-ever interception in the second quarter and, in the fourth quarter, its firstever pick-6. Both were registered by linebacker Terence Garvin.
Gilbert and Garvin, both team captains, received game balls following win No. 1.
“I think the fans had a good time tonight, didn’t they?” Spurrier said. “They saw enough good plays after the first quarter or so, and we finally put on a little bit of a He didn’t disappoint. The Florida football legend aimed to provide fireworks right away, dialing up a deep post throw on the game’s opening play. “We were going for it,” he said. The Apollos went three-andout on that possession. But then Orlando “settled in,” according to quarterback Garrett Gilbert, scoring touchdowns on two of its next three trips.
Gilbert completed 15 of 25 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns overall. His top highlight, however, came as a receiver when Spurrier dug into his bag of tricks late in the second quarter and with his team leading 16-6.
That’s when wide receiver Jalin Marshall took a reverse handoff from the Legends’ 5-yard line and found an uncovered Gilbert planted in the end zone. The quarterback said that play hadn’t worked once during the practice week. But when it counted, it unfolded as if it were an Apollos’ staple.
“We know we’re going to have some tricks up our sleeve,” Gilbert said about playing in Spurrier’s system. “He’s going to give us the opportunity to create some big plays with some misdirection type By Brian Murphy Orlando Sentinel Correspondent The Head Ball Coach is back. The Orlando Apollos, with coach Steve Spurrier’s aerial attack, were victorious in their Alliance of American Football debut Saturday night, defeating the Atlanta Legends 40-6.
“OK, good win for the Apollos,” Spurrier exclaimed in his familiar twang. “Guys played pretty well. Defense was super.”
That it was. The defense allowed just 162 yards after the opening drive of the game, forced four turnovers and harassed Legends quarterback Matt Simms all night long.
But defense wasn’t the main selling point that drew an announced crowd of 20,191 fans to Spectrum Stadium and exponentially more to CBS. They wanted to see if Spurrier, after more than three years away from the sidelines and calling plays at age 73, could still wow audiences with his pass-heavy Fun ’N’ Gun style. STEPHEN M. DOWELL/ORLANDO SENTINEL “Talking to a couple of my friends, everyone seemed to be real excited about the way the game went — the speed of it, the TV timeouts, having some guys mic’d up on the sideline,” Gilbert said. “I think that’s a lot of fun, and I think the game speaks for itself. And the level of play, I think that’s what is going to draw people to come watch these games.” show.”
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