Welcome back to our weekly Stallions victory check-in! And still…the undisputed heavyweight champion of the USFL: The Birmingham Stallions. This week they moved to 6-0, absolutely steamrolling Jeff Fisher’s Panthers.
The offense did a great job putting up points, starting with newcomer Bo Scarbrough. The veteran running back really opened it up this week, rushing for 105 yards and a score, averaging a whopping 6.6 yards/carry. Tony Brooks-James was a key contributor as well, averaging 4.2 yards/carry on 21 yards, and added a 6 yard receiving TD on top of it. Like I keep saying, this platoon is the real deal, and they didn’t even have CJ Marable this week.
The quarterbacks held it down too. J’Mar Smith who went 12/25 for 126 yards and 2 scores. While ideally we’d like to see him connect with receivers more, can’t complain about turnover free football and a win. Skip Holtz put in Alex McGough to close out the game in the 4th, and he had a solid performance as well. He went 2/3 for 46 yards and added a score on the ground to seal the game. Though it wasn’t a huge day for the pass game, Osirus Mitchell had some great downfield plays, and Peyton Ramzy finally got some snaps, and rewarded the team with a huge 40 yard reception.
With Scooby Wright III out again, it was really the secondary that stepped up on Saturday. Jojo Tillery was all over the field, notching 10 solo tackles, a sack and a tackle for loss. The trio of CB’s in Brian Allen, Josh Shaw and Tae Hayes is looking great as well. Up in the trenches, Jonathan Newsome had a big day as well, and came home with a sack, a pass defense, an interception and a tackle for a loss. Great production for the veteran DL.
The fact that this unit has been able to hold their ground while shark-dog is healing up is impressive, and I’d expect their success to continue once he gets back on the field.
Another great team win, and it’s been fun to watch Birmingham dominate on the ground the past two weeks. On to Pittsburgh!