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New Orleans Breakers Edge Houston Gamblers 17-10, Clinch Playoff Berth

In a gritty and closely contested game, the New Orleans Breakers defeated the Houston Gamblers 17-10 at Houston’s home field. The Breakers rallied in the second quarter and sustained their lead throughout the second half to secure the win, which clinched them a spot in the playoffs.



Breakers’ Performance


New Orleans Breakers’ offense was led by quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, who completed 23 of 31 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns. He managed to distribute the ball well among his receivers, with Johnnie Dixon having a notable performance with three receptions for 60 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown grab. Wide receiver Dee Anderson also hauled in a 4-yard touchdown pass.

The Breakers’ running game struggled to find consistent traction. Running back Wes Hills had nine carries for 20 yards, while Cyrus Habibi-Likio had four carries for only 4 yards. The Breakers relied heavily on their passing game to move the ball down the field.

Kicker Matt Coghlin added three points to the scoreboard with a successful 30-yard field goal.


The Breakers’ defense was formidable throughout the game, putting pressure on the Gamblers’ quarterback and limiting their rushing game. Linebacker Jerod Fernandez led the team with nine tackles, while Vontae Diggs had a standout performance with six tackles, one interception, and one sack. Defensive tackle Keonte Schad also added a sack. The Breakers’ secondary, led by cornerbacks Adonis Alexander and Jarey Elder, limited the Gamblers’ passing game to just 231 yards.

Gamblers’ Performance


The Houston Gamblers’ offense struggled to find their rhythm. Quarterback Kenji Bahar completed 21 of 30 passes for 231 yards but was unable to throw a touchdown pass. Running back Mark Thompson provided some life on the ground with 19 carries for 84 yards and scored the team’s only touchdown on a 13-yard run.

Receivers Justin Hall and Keke Chism were Bahar’s primary targets, with Hall grabbing five receptions for 54 yards and Chism contributing four receptions for 53 yards.

Kicker Nick Vogel contributed three points to the Gamblers’ total with a 49-yard field goal.


Houston’s defense was not far behind the Breakers’. Linebacker Jerod Fernandez matched his counterpart with nine tackles, and defensive tackle Keonte Schad recorded the Gamblers’ only sack of the game. The Gamblers’ secondary, led by cornerbacks Jarey Elder and Adonis Alexander, kept the Breakers’ passing game in check for most of the game.

What’s Next

With this win, the New Orleans Breakers have made it back to the playoffs and will take on the Birmingham Stallions in the South Division Championship on Sunday, June 25th at 7 pm on FOX. The Houston Gamblers will look to rebound in their next matchup and finish the season on a high note.

Overall, it was a thrilling game that showcased the determination of the Breakers and highlighted the tenacity of both teams.

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
1McLeod Bethel-ThompsonQB2331227201-100000
6Anthony JonesRB000000001310
Cyrus Habibi-Likio-000004402910
31Wes HillsRB00000920054050
85EJ BibbsTE000000001910
13Sage SurrattTE0000000053850
80Dee AndersonWR000000001411
2Johnnie DixonWR0000000076031
9Jonathan AdamsWR0000000043130
5Lee MorrisWR0000000053330
 Total 2331227201423031227232


# 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 BaharQB21302310031200000
18Montell CozartQB020010000000
Aaron Shampklin-00000530012610
Emmanuel Butler-0000000031810
7Mark ThompsonRB000001984121020
8Brandon BarnesTE000000002910
85Josh PedersonTE000000001410
1Isaiah ZuberWR0000000072240
17Justin HallWR0000000055450
81Keke ChismWR0000000075340
9Teo ReddingWR0000000043520
 Total 21322310127126132231210

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