Birmingham moves to 2-0 on the season after holding off Houston Gamblers in a wild shootout. Skip Holtz has to be beside himself as their team performed well in all phases of the game. From the J’Mar Smith at QB to Colby Wadman at punter, everyone did their job tonight. Love to see it.
Smith’s 229 yard, 2 TD performance was punctuated by some great highlight reels, and he’s continuing to cement himself as one of the most promising young stars in this league. Things fired on all cylinders on offense. The team performed well in protection (just one sack), the run game (CJ Marable and Tony Brooks-James went off for 138 combined yards) and the pass game spoke for itself.
The Defense showed up in big moments too. Nate Holley led the team in tackles, Demarquis Gates and Jordan Thompson both notched sacks, Brian Allen had a pick-6 and Lorenzo Burns sealed the Gambler’s fate with two picks. Despite the Gamblers scoring 28 points, this defense can hang their hat on today’s performance. Impact plays all around.
Special Teams came in clutch as well. Brandon Aubrey nailed 2/2 field goals and 3/3 extra points, proving himself Mr. Reliable, and his 9 points put the Stallions past Houston. Colby Wadman nailed a beautiful punt that backed the Gamblers up on their own goal line. Victor Bolden Jr. also pulled off a solid 41 yard kick return. Special teams held it down.
The Stallions as a team are riding high on a 2-0 record, and this win just feels good. Already can’t wait for next week.