Week One is in the books! The Spring League kicked off its 2020 season this past Tuesday at 11 AM EST. Game One saw the Alphas take on the Blues. The 2nd game, with a 3 PM EST start time, featured the Aviators and the Jousters. NOTE: These first two games were not televised, and instead, they were Live Tweeted. The 3rd and final game of the week, which was televised on FS1, saw the Generals and Conquerors square off.
Alphas vs Blues – 11:00 AM
The first game of 2020 Spring League season featured a battle of two very well known college Quarterbacks. The blues and former Michigan QB Shea Patterson took on former Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett! For the Blues, they took it to the Alphas in all phases of the game. The Alphas got off to a slow start and never truly recovered.
Shea Patterson – 12/21, 154 Passing Yards, 3 Passing Touchdowns
Jovon Durante – 3 Receptions, 29 Yards, 2 Receiving Touchdowns
Cameren Kitchen & Owen Obasuyi – 2 Sacks each
J.T. Barrett – 16/26, 104 Passing Yards, 48 Rushing Yards
Bug Howard – 3 Receptions, 22 Yards
FINAL – BLUES 19 ALPHAS 0
Aviators vs Jousters – 3:00 PM
The 2nd game of Week One featured the Aviators and Jousters. The Aviators took it to the Jousters on both sides of the ball. The Jousters Offense could not get any momentum established as the Aviators came away with a commanding 28-0 victory. The Aviators forced turnover after turnover and held the Jousters to zero points in the game.
McLoed Bethel-Thompson – 18/21, 147 Yards, 2 Passing Touchdowns
De’Veon Smith – 19 Rushes, 51 Yards
DaShaun Amos – 2 Interceptions, 1 Defensive Touchdown
Alex Hornibrook – 21/30, 172 Yards, 1 Interception
Cedric O’Neal – 4 Rushes, 20 Yards
FINAL – AVIATORS 28 JOUSTERS 0
Conquerors vs Generals – 8:00 PM (Televised on FS1)
The first ever televised Spring League game was under way! The Conquerors has a rough start. Quarterback Justin McMillan threw two costly interceptions in the opening quarter. Passes were picked off by former AAF DB’s Channing Stribling and Arnold Tarpley III. On the Generals side of things, Quarterback Bryan Scott started out 10/11 for 144 yards and a touchdown. Generals Running back Darnell Holland added a 3 yard score in the quarter. Generals receiver Kelvin McKnight, Jr. got off to a hot start with 4 catches for 50 yards. At the end of the first, the Generals led 16-0.
The Conquerors came out with a much better effort in Quarter Two. Justin McMillan shook off a slow start and put together a nice opening drive, capped off by a 4 yard scamper for a TD. Kevin Anderson took over at Quarterback for the rest of the half for the Conquerors. The story of the 2nd quarter was Conquerors Defensive Tackle Willie Yarbary. How’s this for a stat line for a DT in a quarter: 1 Sack, 1 Fumble Recovery, 1 Interception and 2 Tackles for Loss!
As for the Generals, they kept the momentum rolling. Bryan Scott (minus the interception) looked sharp in the quarter. The Generals first drive yielded yet another touchdown, a 27 yard run by Darnell Holland, his second score of the game. Scott did a great job commanding the Offense as the Generals lead 26-16 at the half.
The Generals gained 243 total yards in the first half compared to the Conquerors 8. The Generals also came away with 13 first downs, 5 more than the Conquerors. Each team tallied 2 takeaways in the first half. The story of the first half was Generals QB Bryan Scott. His first half stat line included going 16/20 with 214 passing yards, a TD and a pick.
The Generals got the back to start the second half and picked up right where they left off. A nice TD pass from Bryan Scott to Kelvin McKnight, Jr! The pass rush for the Generals began to pick up as well. For the Conquerors, they rolled out Kevin Anderson at QB. The offense was able to pick up some first downs, but they could not turn them into many points.
The Conquerors started the 4th quarter with a Matt Mengel field goal, cutting the lead to 33-19 Generals. The Generals were able to move the ball effectively and chew the clock for most of the quarter. With the benefit of a huge lead, it was a surprise Generals QB Zach Mettenberger did not get in the game. Willie Yarbary has himself a nice final quarter adding another sack and TFL to his already impressive night. Former Philadelphia Eagles DB Ajene Harris had a sweet field goal block for the Conquerors.
FINAL – GENERALS 33 CONQUERORS 19
Bryan Scott – 23/29, 272 yards, 2 Passing Touchdowns, 1 Interception
Darnell Holland – 6 Rushes, 78 Yards, 2 Touchdowns
Channing Stribling & Arnold Tarpley III – 1 Interception each
Kevin Anderson – 10/16, 123 Yards, 1 Passing Touchdown
Michael Bandy – 4 Receptions 39 Yards, 1 Receiving Touchdown
Willie Yarbary (unofficial) – 4 Tackles, 2 Sacks, 1 Interception, 2 Tackles for Loss
Week Two Schedule:
Wednesday, November 4th: Blues (1-0) vs Aviators (1-0) – 5 PM EST (Televised on FS1) Alphas (0-1) vs Conquerors (0-1) – 10 PM EST
Thursday, November 5th: Generals (1-0) vs Jousters (0-1) – 8 PM EST
Week One of The Spring League gave hundreds of professional football players a chance to shine. Although two out of three games weren’t televised, players showcased their talents to coaches and execs alike. The Tuesday night televised game between the Generals and Conquerors had spring football fans clamoring for more. The FS1 broadcast team did a great job of highlighting players on both teams and the skills they can offer to other professional league around the world. All in all, The Spring League our together a great first week of action. Stay tuned for Week Two’s recap next week.