Week 1 for the 2019 Alliance of American Football is finally in the books. Even with an average offor the first two games on Saturday night, there were two more games today to keep the party going.
First up on CBS Sports Network was the Memphis Express at Birmingham Iron, which ended up as the ugliest game of the weekend. That was followed by a more entertaining shootout between Salt Lake City Stallions and the Arizona Hotshots. Some of the big names today included Iron running back Trent Richardson and quarterback Luis Perez, as well as Hotshots receiver Rashad Ross.
Thanks for staying with CBS Sports all through the afternoon and evening as we gave you the latest and greatest highlights, scores and storylines as they developed.
Birmingham Iron 26, Memphis Express 0
Arizona Hotshots 38, Salt Lake City Stallions 22
Orlando Apollos 40, Atlanta Legends 6
San Antonio Commanders 15, San Diego Fleet 6
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Hotshots pull away behind Wolford, Ross
What was a close game at halftime ended up being a big win for Arizona. The Hotshots scored a pair of third-quarter touchdowns to lead 35-16 as part of a 38-22 victory. The connection between quarterback John Wolford and receiver Rashad Ross was outstanding, as Ross has a team-best 103 yards receiving to go along with two touchdowns. Wolford's scoring pass to Jhurell Pressley made it a 19-point game and the Hotshots took control for the rest of the game.
Arizona and Salt Lake in a fun shootout
Scoring has been at a premium for most teams this weekend, which is not all that unexpected. However, the Hotshots and Stallions are engaging in what looks to be some good ol' fashioned #AAFterDark. Arizona got on the board first with an easy pitch and catch from quarterback John Wolford to tight end Gerald Christian. Then, the Stallions equalized with a touchdown from running back Matt Asiata to make it 8-8. But following a muffed punt by Salt Lake, the Hotshots capitalized again to make it 16-8 thanks to this beautiful deep ball pass from Wolford. With Salt Lake adding a late touchdown before the half to make it 19-16, the first half was a ton of fun.
Trent Richardson overcomes slow start with two TDs
This was supposed to be Richardson's comeback, but the former Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts running back got off to a slow start with eight carries for 17 yards through the first half. His third quarter wasn't looking any better with a lost fumble on one of his better runs of the day. However, Richardson finally found the end zone in the fourth quarter to put the Iron up 15-0 and scored the ensuing two-point conversion. He also had a late-game touchdown, his second of the day, to finish with 56 yards in a 26-0 victory.
It's been an overall tough day for Richardson as he tries to make his way back to the NFL -- his yards per carry was still under 3.0 -- but at least it ended better than it started.
Iron shut down Express with strong defensive effort
Similar to Saturday night's defensive struggle between San Antonio and San Diego, Memphis-Birmingham was a rock fight for about three quarters The Iron lead 9-0, but were absolutely stout on defense. One of the best plays of the day came on a tip-drill interception of Express quarterback Christian Hackenberg, who has struggled to find any consistency in his career following his breakout freshman season at Penn State.
Today's uni combo for Memphis-Birmingham: Icy White vs. Black
The AAF has some flashy uniforms, but there's a more classic look going on for Memphis and Birmingham. The Express will play in their Icy White uniforms while the Iron will, not surprisingly, sport their sharp black unis. It may not be the loudest look, but there's something to be said for the more subtle look that will be on display at Legion Field on Sunday.