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Memphis Showboats Upset New Orleans Breakers 17-10 in a Hard-Fought Battle

In an unexpected turn of events, the Memphis Showboats managed to topple the previously undefeated New Orleans Breakers by a score of 17-10 in a thrilling USFL game. The match, hosted by the Breakers, saw a nail-biting finish as the Showboats rallied in the final quarter to secure the victory.



The Breakers entered the game with a strong 4-0 record, while the Showboats were a modest 1-3. But, the Showboats proved that past records don’t always predict future outcomes in the world of sports.

Memphis Showboats’ Stellar Performance

The Showboats’ offense was led by their quarterback, Cole Kelley, who completed 24 of 36 pass attempts for a total of 224 yards, including a touchdown and an interception. Kelley also rushed for 4 yards on 5 attempts.

Vinny Papale, the Showboats’ wide receiver, was the top performer in the receiving department, catching 6 passes for a total of 62 yards. Tight end Jay Jay Wilson also made significant contributions with 64 yards on 5 receptions.

On the ground, running back Kerrith Whyte led the team with 29 yards on 14 attempts. However, the Showboats’ rushing game struggled to make a significant impact, with the team only accumulating 33 total rushing yards.

Kicker Alex Kessman made a vital contribution to the Showboats’ victory, successfully completing a field goal attempt from the 40-49 yard range and another from beyond 50 yards. His precision in these crucial moments added a crucial 6 points to the Showboats’ score.

New Orleans Breakers Fight Back

The New Orleans Breakers, despite the loss, showcased their skills on the field. Quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson completed 25 of 35 pass attempts for 206 yards, including one touchdown pass. However, his performance was marred by an interception and a couple of fumbles.

Wide receiver Jonathan Adams was a key player in the Breakers’ passing game, recording 51 yards on 4 receptions. Running back Wes Hills also showed his versatility, not only rushing for 38 yards on 14 attempts but also catching 7 passes for an additional 46 yards.

Kicker Matt Coghlin added 3 points to the Breakers’ total with a successful field goal from the 20-29 yard range.

Defense Efforts

On the defensive side, both teams had impressive performances. For the Showboats, cornerback Troy Warner led the team with 8 tackles, while Jeff McCulloch and Jeremiah Valoaga each recorded a sack. Safety Kyree Woods also recorded an interception.

On the Breakers’ defense, cornerback Troy Warner matched his namesake on the Showboats with 8 tackles, and Jeff McCulloch mirrored his counterpart with a sack. Safety Kyree Woods made a notable contribution with an interception.

Looking Ahead

The Memphis Showboats’ victory brings their season record to 2-3, while the New Orleans Breakers move to 4-1. Despite the loss, the Breakers remain one of the top teams in the league, while the Showboats will look to carry this momentum into their upcoming games.

This thrilling match serves as a reminder that in the world of sports, nothing is predictable. The underdog can rise to the occasion, and every game is a new opportunity to shine.

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 KelleyQB2436224115401-1310
29Juwan WashingtonRB000004200000
Kerrith WhyteRB000001429041430
80Daniel HelmTE0000000051220
88Jay Jay WilsonTE0000000066450
4Derrick DillonWR0000000041310
85John MitchellWR000000001411
12Osirus MitchellWR0000000045140
18Ryan McDanielWR0000000031710
13Vinny PapaleWR0000000086260
 Total 2436224112335036224241


# 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-ThompsonQB2535206110000000
6Anthony JonesRB000001201411
31Wes HillsRB000001438074670
13Sage SurrattTE0000000063660
80Dee AndersonWR0000000042420
12Eli StoveWR0000011003720
9Jonathan AdamsWR0000000085140
5Lee MorrisWR0000000043830
 Total 2535206111650033206251

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