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Houston Gamblers Edge Memphis Showboats in Thrilling USFL Matchup 30-26

In a tightly contested USFL game at Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium in Memphis, TN, the Houston Gamblers (1-2) managed to secure a nail-biting 30-26 victory over the Memphis Showboats (0-3) on April 29th. The game saw both teams exchanging leads throughout the match, making for an entertaining and suspenseful showdown.



Quarterback Cole Kelley led the Memphis Showboats with 21 completions on 38 attempts, totaling 307 passing yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Kelley also contributed to the ground game with four rushing attempts for 17 yards. Running back Kerrith Whyte had three carries for six yards and added two catches for 36 yards, including a touchdown. Ryan McDaniel was the top receiver for the Showboats, hauling in three catches for 71 yards and one touchdown.

On the other side, Houston Gamblers’ quarterback Kenji Bahar completed 22 of his 36 pass attempts, throwing for 235 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Running back Mark Thompson had an impressive performance, carrying the ball 21 times for 81 yards and two touchdowns, while also adding three catches for 32 yards. Wide receiver Justin Hall was the star in the receiving department, catching six passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns.

Both teams’ defenses fought valiantly, with the Showboats totaling 73 tackles, one sack, one interception, and four pass deflections, while the Gamblers registered 51 tackles, two sacks, one interception, and five pass deflections.

Gamblers’ kicker Nick Vogel successfully converted three extra points and a 40-49 yard field goal, while Showboats’ kicker Brandon Wright made two extra points, a 20-29 yard field goal, and a 30-39 yard field goal.

Despite their best efforts, the Memphis Showboats couldn’t quite seal the deal, falling to a 0-3 record, while the Houston Gamblers improved to 1-2. The thrilling nature of this matchup has USFL fans eager for more action-packed games in the weeks to come.

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
15Cole KelleyQB21383072141700000
2Alex CollinsRB111108-200000
Kerrith Whyte-0000036032361
80Daniel HelmTE0000000021100
88Jay Jay WilsonTE0000000032121
4Derrick DillonWR0000000063340
85John MitchellWR0000000052560
12Osirus MitchellWR0000000022340
6Rashard DavisWR0000000085240
18Ryan McDanielWR0000000063711
13Vinny PapaleWR0000000032310
 Total 2239308311521038223083


# 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 BaharQB2236235212700000
7Mark ThompsonRB000002181253320
29T.J. PledgerRB0000044403280
8Brandon BarnesTE000000001110
42Clint Sigg Jr.TE000000001170
85Josh PedersonTE0000000064630
1Anthony Ratliff-WilliamsWR000000001000
80Deontez AlexanderWR0000000044280
17Justin HallWR0000000086902
81Keke ChismWR000000001160
9Teo ReddingWR000000001000
 Total 22362352127132231222352

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Mark is the founder and editor of USFL News Hub. The site was started in February of 2022. He is an expert on all things spring football related. Contact him directly by emailing

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