After a memorable Week One in the books, Week Two of the 2020 Spring League kicked off this past Wednesday. Two out of three games televised on FS1! NOTE: The last game between the Jousters and Generals was not televised, and instead, it was Live Tweeted.
Blues (1-0) vs Aviators (1-0) – Wednesday, November 4th, 5:00 PM EST (Televised on FS1)
The Blues controlled the ball for much of the opening quarter. Former Michigan Quarterback Shea Patterson orchestrated a nice opening drive, going 6 of 7 for 57 yards and a touchdown. Blues Running Back Matthew Colburn II came out on fire on the ground, rushing 8 times for 48 yards in the first quarter. Blues Lineman Dwayne Wallace was ejected after an unnecessary roughness penalty. The Blues defense also came away with a fumble recovery in the first quarter.
For the Aviators, journeyman Quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson drove his team down the field with some nice chuck plays. Completions of 31 and 22 set the Aviators up in the red zone. A costly fumble derailed the promising drive as the first quarter winded down. At the end of 1, the Blues led 7-0.
The Aviators has themselves an up and down second quarter. While they did not surrender any points, they missed 2 field goals which could have put them on top. Wide Receiver DelVon Hardaway snagged a nice 33 yard TD pass from his QB to give the Aviators some points. McLeod Bethel-Thompson finished the half going 13 of 19, 170 yards and a Touchdown.
The Blues offense slowed down in the second quarter. The one player who didn’t slow up was Running Back Matthew Colburn II. Ripping off some nice gains behind a solid O-Line. He finished with 12 rushes for 67 yards in the first half. Shea Patterson finished the half going 9 of 12, 67 Yards and 1 Touchdown pass. The Blues since the opening drive: 13 plays, 39 yards and a punt. Score at the end of the half, Blues 7, Aviators 7.
First half breakdown is as follows. The Aviators gained nearly 200 yards of offense in the first half, while the Blues managed 135. For the Blues, the rushing attack was evident as they tallied 68 yards in the half. Time of possession also favored the Blues, 16:08 to 13:52 in that area.
The Blues received the second half kickoff and wasted little time putting points on the board. Matthew Colburn II looked unstoppable on the drive as he ripped off a 54 yard run to the house. Credit to the Offensive Line of the Blues which has performed very well so far.
The Aviators continued to move the ball down the field in the third quarter. Solid chunks of yardage through the air, and a sprinkle of the running game have been effective this entire game. Kicker Toshiki Sato missed his second field goal of the game, a great opportunity to put points on the board. The Aviators second drive of the quarter was in progress as the quarter winded down. Score after three was Blues 14, Aviators 7.
The Blues continued to get nice kick return yardage as their fourth quarter started with excellent field position. The opening drive ended with a costly turnover as they had marched down the field with ease. The second drive was a work of art. Matthew Colburn II continued his dominance and eclipsed 200 scrimmage yards on the day. The drive ends with a Field Goal by Barnes to give the Blues a 17-14 lead.
The Aviators continued the aforementioned drive and capped it off with a McLeod Bethel-Thompson Touchdown Pass to former San Diego Fleet Wide Receiver Kent Shelby. The story of the game was Bethel-Thompson and his ability to play the position at such a high level. The defense came away with a timely interception as Linebacker Aaron Ortiz picked off Shea Patterson with little time remaining in the game. Toshiki Sato was finally able to hit a field goal, and this one was huge as it sent the game into overtime. At the end of regulation, the score was 17-17.
The Blues received the opening kickoff of overtime. They did not do a whole lot with the opportunity, and that would prove to be a mistake. A 3 and out put the ball in the hands of Aviators Matt Sexton. He scores on a Punt Return Touchdown and sends the Alamodome into an all out frenzy!
FINAL – AVIATORS 23 BLUES 17
McLeod Bethel-Thompson: 25/36, 332 Yards, 2 Passing Touchdowns
DelVon Hardaway: 6 receptions, 139 Yards, 1 Receiving Touchdown
Kent Shelby: 3 receptions, 49 Yards, 1 Receiving Touchdown (unofficial)
Aaron Ortiz – 1 Interception
Matthew Sexton – Game Winning Punt Return Touchdown
Shea Patterson: 16/24, 176 passing yards, 1 Passing Touchdown, 1 Interception
Matthew Colburn II: 23 rushes, 188 yards, 1 Rushing Touchdown, 2 receptions, 34 Receiving Yards (unofficial)
Shawn Clark: 4 Receptions, 57 Receiving Yards
David Grinnage: 5 Receptions, 44 Receiving Yards, 1 Receiving Touchdown
Alphas (0-1) vs Conquerors (0-1) – Wednesday, November 4th, 10:00 PM EST (Televised on FS1)
The Alphas squandered an opening drive after a missed Field Goal by Jake Ford. That would be the only possession for the Alphas in the quarter. For the Conquerors, they came out hot. On Defense, Chase Hatada sacked J.T. Barrett in the opening possession and ended a promising drive by the Alphas. Offensively, the Conquerors assembled a nice drive, running the ball effectively to see up the passing attack. Quarterback Kevin Anderson would get the starting nod in this one. The drive was capped off by a Touchdown to Vinny Papale. Philadelphia Eagles fans might be familiar with that name. Vinny is the son of Vincent Papale who played for the team. Papale is the feature in the Motion Picture “Invincible”. At the end of one, the Conquerors led 7-0.
The Alphas struck back in the second quarter as Quarterback J.T. Barrett settles into the game. He connected with Tight End Bug Howard for a huge 52 yard touchdown pass. On Defense, Silas Stewart continued to make plays, recording his 2nd Tackle for Loss and forcing a Turnover on Downs. The Conquerors continued to storm ahead in the 2nd quarter. The kept the game close. At the end of the First Half the score was: Conquerors 17, Alphas 12.
The Alphas has themselves quite an interesting 3rd quarter. They allowed zero points on Defense and took the lead 22-17. The Conquerors and Alphas has an altercation after a play in the 3rd Quarter, as both Conquerors Quarterback Justin McMillan and an Alphas assistant were involved in the scrum. McMillan has since been released by the Conquerors. Former Hawaii and Tennessee Titan Quarterback Cole McDonald has taken his place on the roster.
FINAL – ALPHAS 22 CONQUERORS 17
J.T. Barrett: 18 of 24, 284 Passing Yards, 2 Touchdown Passes, 2 Interceptions, 4 Rushes, 26 Yards
Madre London: 16 Rushes, 61 Yards
Brian Burt: Rushing Touchdown
Bug Howard: 6 Receptions, 149 Receiving Yards, 1 Receiving Touchdown
Deontez Alexader: 2 Receptions, 62 Receiving Yards, 1 Receiving Touchdown
Kevin Anderson: 12 of 15, 151 Passing Yards, 1 Passing Touchdown
Jordan Salima: 10 Rushes, 46 Yards, 1 Rushing Touchdown, 2 Receptions, 20 Yards
Dan Williams III: 3 Receptions, 98 Yards
Vinny Papale: 2 Receptions, 21 Yards, 1 Receiving Touchdown
Generals (1-0) vs Jousters (0-1) – Thursday, November 5th, 8:00 PM EST
The third and final game of Week Two featured the Generals and Jousters. Week One saw the Generals come out and take care of business against the Conquerors. They dominated on the offensive side of the ball behind Spring League veteran Quarterback Brian Scott. For the Jousters, they stumbled and fumbled their way through Week One and took a loss to the Aviators.
This game was about Defense and Special Teams. The Generals weren’t nearly as prolific on the Offensive side of ball as compared to last week. They still managed 18 points behind Bryan Scott’s 220 Passing Yards and a sprinkle of the running game.
The Jousters showed up to play this week. After a terrible Week One loss, the team looked much better. The real story of this game was Jousters Kicker Ricky Aguayo. He was lights out with his leg and nailed all 5 field goal attempts. It was not enough to pull the Jousters to victory as the Generals came away with the win.
FINAL – GENERALS 18 JOUSTERS 15
Bryan Scott: 17 of 37, 220 Passing Yards, 1 Passing Touchdown
Paul Terry: 6 rushes, 32 Yards, 1 Rushing Touchdown
Kelvin McKnight, Jr.: 6 Receptions 86 Receiving Yards
Jordan Suell: 2 receptions, 25 Yards, 1 Receiving Touchdown
Alex Hornibrook: 22 of 40, 279 Passing Yards, 1 Interception
Cedric O’Neal: 23 Rushes, 57 Yards, 7 Receptions, 63 Yards
Ervin Philips: 3 Receptions, 61 Yards
Charlie Jones: 5 Receptions, 60 Yards
Ricky Aguayo: 5/5 Field Goals – Distances of: (33, 37, 50, 41, 48)
Player of the Game Ricky Aguayo talks about his perfect 5/5 night in his first #TSL2020 game. @Ricky__Aguayo connected from 33, 37, 50, 41, and 48. The @FSUFootball alum joined the team less than a week ago. pic.twitter.com/EafPL39KgX— The Spring League 🏈 (@TheSpringLeague) November 6, 2020