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Breakers Edge Gamblers in Thrilling USFL Clash at Protective Stadium 38-31

In a thrilling showdown at Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama, the New Orleans Breakers outlasted the Houston Gamblers in a nail-biting contest, securing a 38-31 victory. The Breakers’ resilience and balanced offensive attack allowed them to remain undefeated, improving to 2-0, while the Gamblers dropped to 0-2.



The Breakers and the Gamblers matched each other in the first half, with both teams putting up 10 points apiece in the second quarter. However, the Breakers found their rhythm in the third quarter, scoring 14 points while holding the Gamblers to just 7. Though the Gamblers managed to rally in the fourth quarter, matching the Breakers’ 14 points, their comeback fell short, leaving the final score at 38-31.

New Orleans Breakers’ quarterback Bethel-Thompson led his team with an impressive performance, completing 23 out of 34 passes for 251 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. Running back Hills played a pivotal role in the Breakers’ offensive dominance, rushing for 110 yards on 18 carries and scoring three touchdowns. Surratt was the top receiver, catching 11 passes for 121 yards and one touchdown.

On the other side, Houston Gamblers’ quarterback Bahar threw for 266 yards, completing 18 out of 30 passes, with three touchdowns and three costly interceptions. Pledger led the rushing attack with 94 yards on 18 carries, scoring one touchdown, while Hall emerged as the top receiver, hauling in eight receptions for 110 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensively, Bunch led the Gamblers with 11 tackles and one tackle for loss, while Bingham contributed with one sack. For the Breakers, Eisworth II led the team with eight tackles, and Saint-Amour and Brailford each notched a sack. The Breakers’ defense also managed to secure three crucial interceptions, contributing to their overall victory.

In the kicking game, Vogel of the Gamblers converted 1 out of 2 field goal attempts, while Coghlin of the Breakers made 1 out of 1. Both kickers were perfect on extra points, with Vogel going 4-for-4 and Coghlin 5-for-5.

With this victory, the New Orleans Breakers will look to build on their momentum as they continue their USFL campaign. Meanwhile, the Houston Gamblers will aim to bounce back from their second consecutive defeat and secure their first win of the season.

USFL Box Score


# Player Position Pass. CMP Pass. ATT Pass. YDS Pass. TD Pass. INT Rush. ATT Rush. YDS Rush. TD Rec. Targets Rec. YDS Rec. Rec. TD
11Kenji BaharQB1830266331900000
3Terry WilsonQB000001-600000
29T.J. PledgerRB000001894122260
42Clint Sigg Jr.TE000000001000
85Josh PedersonTE0000000042170
1Anthony Ratliff-WilliamsWR0000000054951
80Deontez AlexanderWR0000000011-10
17Justin HallWR000000001181102
81Keke ChismWR0000000021190
 Total 1830266332097126182663


# Player Position Pass. CMP Pass. ATT Pass. YDS Pass. TD Pass. INT Rush. ATT Rush. YDS Rush. TD Rec. Targets Rec. YDS Rec. Rec. TD
1McLeod Bethel-ThompsonQB2334251202800000
6Anthony JonesRB00000412021-40
31Wes HillsRB0000018110353170
88Jared ScottTE0000000011150
13Sage SurrattTE0000000011111211
80Dee AndersonWR0000000011100
2Johnnie DixonWR000001-3094521
9Jonathan AdamsWR000000003160
5Lee MorrisWR0000000011340
 Total 23342512025127333232512

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