Leg­ends drop opener vs. Spurrier’s team

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - SPORTS -

The At­lanta Leg­ends dropped their first game in the Al­liance of Amer­i­can Foot­ball on Satur­day night.

The Leg­ends lost 40-6 to the host Or­lando Apol­los, who are coached by Steve Spurrier.

The Leg­ends scored the first points in league his­tory. On the first pos­ses­sion, kicker Younghoe Koo capped a 15-play, 62-yard drive with a 38-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead. But in the sec­ond quar­ter, the Apol­los outscored the Leg­ends by 19.

“Over­all, our guys gave ef­fort, but we just didn’t ex­e­cute like we were sup­posed to do,” Leg­ends coach Kevin Coyle said. “That is the thing that hurts. We have to fig­ure out how to get it right for next week.”

The Leg­ends mus­tered 224 to­tal yards (144 pass­ing) and were 4 for 13 on third downs. Quar­ter­back Matt Simms started and fin­ished 15 for 28 for 126 yards and 2 in­ter­cep­tions.

The Apol­los’ de­fense held up against the Leg­ends. Line­backer Terence Garvin in­ter­cepted Simms twice and sealed the game with a 51-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn in the fourth quar­ter. Garvin had 11 tack­les and two passes de­fensed.

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