The Atlanta Legends finally got their first win of the year last night. The Legends started the game with quarterback Matt Simms, but on one of the Legends’ drives Simms got sacked and injured his hand throwing hands. Backup quarterback Aaron Murray was put in the game and performed extremely well for the Legends. Murray completed 20 of his 33 passes and threw for 254 yards. He also had 7 rushes and had a total of 54 rushing yards. Overall, Murray stepped up and made the big plays happen for the Legends. He also showed head coach Kevin Coyle why he should be the starter from this point on.
To go along with the success of Aaron Murray, the Legends were able to run the ball well against the Hotshots. Running back Brandon Radcliff had a very good game last night. Radcliff had 12 carries and rushed for a total of 48 yards. Running back Denard Robinson also had a good game as he had 9 carries and rushed for a total of 43 yards. He also got his first touchdown of the season last night. Overall, the Legends finished the game with 145 total rushing yards, 254 total passing yards, and 399 total yards of offense. The Legends also scored 14 points which is a season high for them.
As for the Legends defense, they played a very good game. The Legends defense made history last night as they recorded the first safety in the Alliance of American Football (AAF). Legends defense also did a great job of not letting Arizona’s quarterback John Wolford get comfortable as the Legends were able to bring some pressure last night. They also held Arizona to 11 points which is the fewest amount of points the Legends defense has given up this season.
Up next for the Legends is the Memphis Express. The Express just like the Legends, picked up their first win over the weekend. This game will be a big game for both teams because it is a divisional game, but can also help keep their season alive as well. Kickoff is at 4:00 PM on Sunday March 10th. Follow @BirdsInTheBenz throughout the game on twitter.
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By: Stewart Zwald @SDZwald041599