Hot­shots 38, Salt Lake 22

The Arizona Republic - - Sports - Bob McMana­man

Ari­zona shines in all facets to win Al­liance of Amer­i­can Foot­ball de­but.

Be­fore his team took the field on Sun­day night for its Al­liance of Amer­i­can Foot­ball de­but, Ari­zona Hot­shots coach Rick Neuheisel could only make one prom­ise.

Re­gard­less of how many fans showed up to watch the game in per­son at Sun Devil Sta­dium or chose to watch it on tele­vi­sion via the NFL Net­work, Neuheisel said, “they’re go­ing to see great ef­fort.”

“I can’t tell you it’s go­ing to be per­fect,” Neuheisel added. “We’ve only been to­gether for a very short amount of time. But I will tell you the fans are go­ing to be en­ter­tained be­cause this a fun group and when they start play­ing that (Lil Jon) song ‘Shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots,’ I guar­an­tee you’re go­ing to get a lit­tle bounce in your step.”

Play­ing a fre­netic up-tempo of­fense and utiliz­ing an at­tack­ing de­fense that forced three turnovers, the Hot­shots didn’t dis­ap­point and they more than backed up their coach’s words in the form of a 38-22 vic­tory over the Salt Lake Stal­lions.

The Hot­shots didn’t of­fer an at­ten­dance fig­ure, but the smallish crowd es­ti­mated to be some­where some­where be­tween 10,000-15,000 were vo­cal and seemed to gen­uinely en­joy the game.

Quar­ter­back John Wol­ford, getting the start ahead of Trevor Knight, threw for four touch­downs and 275 yards to spark the Hot­shots.

Run­ning back Jhurell Press­ley, who played at New Mex­ico, rushed for a game-high 64 yards on 18 car­ries and caught a 30-yard pass for a touch­down.

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