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USFL Week 6 Recap: New Orleans Breakers vs. Pittsburgh Maulers (26-16)

In Week 6, The New Orleans Breakers (4-2) beat the Pittsburgh Maulers (1-5) with a final score of 26-16.

It was a defensive opening half for both teams, with the Breakers scoring 10 points and the Maulers being held without a score. Things would heat up in the 4th quarter, with Pittsburgh mounting a late comeback. However, by the time the Maulers got within reach of taking the lead, it was too late. New Orleans kicker Taylor Bertolet sealed the game with a 38-yard field goal, putting them ahead by 10 points with only 40 seconds left on the clock.

While there are still 4 games left in the season, with this win, the Breakers are looking like an early favorite to take the South Division’s second playoff spot. For the Maulers, their playoff hopes are fading fast, but aren’t completely gone just yet.

New Orleans Breakers

New Orleans came out the gates a bit slow against Pittsburgh’s defense, but they’d figure things out by the end of the first half and leaned on the run game more than they have all season. Quarterback Kyle Sloter did not turn the ball over, but he was held to his lowest passing totals on the season, completing 13/21 passes (61.9% comp) for only 92 yards and no touchdowns, also running for 14 yards on 3 carries.

Leading the ground attack was running back Anthony Jones, who took 22 carries for 102 yards and 1 touchdown, also hauling in 2 receptions for 20 yards. Jordan Ellis found the endzone as well, totaling 13 carries for 47 yards and 1 touchdown, also catching 2 passes for 6 yards on the day. Wide receiver Taywan Taylor led the Breakers’ air attack and totaled 5 receptions for 40 yards.

The Breakers had a nice game defensively, keeping the Maulers without a score in the entire first half. They struggled a bit in the second half, but the offense held a big enough lead to get the win. The team totaled 1 sack, 4 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, and 4 pass deflections on the day. Top players on New Orleans’ defense include linebackers Jerod Fernandez and Vontae Diggs, defensive end Davin Bellamy, and cornerback Ike Brown.

Despite the lack of passing game and their defense nearly allowing a late comeback, the Breakers keep things rolling and take the lead in the race for the South Division’s second playoff spot.

Pittsburgh Maulers

The Maulers had a rough first half but nearly turned things around late in the game. Quarterback Vad Lee got his second start of the season, but it seemed like he and his receivers weren’t on the same page for a large portion of the game. Lee completed 17/34 passes (50% comp) for 198 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions, also rushing 5 times for 9 yards and 1 touchdown.

Madre London led the Maulers’ rushing attack, taking 10 carries for 50 yards. However, Garrett Groshek led the team in carries, but couldn’t get much going, totaling 14 carries for only 7 yards, also catching 1 pass for 7 yards. Leading the air attack was Isiah Hennie, who racked up 4 receptions for 71 yards, but the team’s only score through the air came from Bailey Gaither, who totaled 2 receptions for 29 yards and a touchdown on the day.

The Maulers played a solid game defensively despite the loss, totaling 3 sacks, 5 tackles for loss, and 2 pass deflections. Highlight players on Pittsburgh’s defense include linebackers Dale Warren and Kyahva Tezino, and safety Bryce Torneden.

When Pittsburgh gets things rolling with Vad Lee at the helm, they’ve been a dangerous squad. The problem has been getting the team on the same page early in games. While the Maulers aren’t officially eliminated from playoffs just yet, they’ll need to go on a pretty serious run if they want to snag a spot in the post-season.

Box Score

New Orleans Breakers

PASSINGCOMPCTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Sloter13/2161.9924.40071.9
Smith1/250.094.50062.5
TOTALS14/2360.91014.400
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTDLNG
A Jones221024.6113
Ellis13473.616
Sloter3144.7013
Dixon177.007
Smith133.003
TOTALS401734.3213
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTDLNGTGT
Taylor5408.00156
A Jones22010.00123
Dixon3196.30103
J Adams2168.00114
Ellis263.0052
McClain00002
Cannella00001
J Johnson00001
Morris00001
TOTALS141017.201523
DEFENSIVETCKSOLSCKTFLINTPDTD
Fernandez11800000
Diggs9811000
Bellamy7501000
Crosswell6100000
Elder4300000
Washington II4200000
Patterson3300000
Okoye3200000
Tongamoa3101000
Soto2201000
Chavis2200000
Alexander2100010
Christian2100000
Saint-Amour2100000
Brown1100231
D Jones1100000
J Johnson1000000
Ellis0000000
Cannella0000000
Miller0000000
Frey0000000
TOTALS634214241
FUMBLESFUMLSTFFREC
TOTALS0000
KICK RETURNRETYDSAVGLNGTD
Taylor11717.0170
TOTALS11717.0170
PUNT RETURNRETYDSAVGLNGTD
Dixon12222.0220
TOTALS12222.0220
KICKINGFGPCTLNGXPPTS
Bertolet2/2100382/38
TOTALS2/2100382/38
PUNTINGNOAVG20TBLNGBLK
White543.811560
TOTALS543.811560

Pittsburgh Maulers

PASSINGCOMPCTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Lee17/3450.01985.81253.3
TOTALS17/3450.01985.812
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTDLNG
London10505.0013
Daniel4174.206
Lee591.814
Groshek1470.507
TOTALS33832.5113
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTDLNGTGT
Hennie47117.80356
Hardaway4338.20117
T Walker23115.50189
Gaither22914.51227
Lynn2199.50162
Daniel284.0082
Groshek177.0071
TOTALS1719811.613534
DEFENSIVETCKSOLSCKTFLINTPDTD
Warren12701000
Tezino12700010
Torneden10600010
Pharms Jr.940.52000
Brown8500000
Tarpley III8400000
Kemp620.50000
Sagapolu4300000
Westbrooks3222000
Gipson Jr.2200000
Roberts2000000
Gaither1100000
Fraboni1000000
Zandier1000000
Iworah1000000
Bonds0000000
TOTALS804335020
FUMBLESFUMLSTFFREC
TOTALS0000
KICK RETURNRETYDSAVGLNGTD
T Walker59919.8220
TOTALS59919.8220
PUNT RETURNRETYDSAVGLNGTD
Hennie11717.0170
TOTALS11717.0170
KICKINGFGPCTLNGXPPTS
Ahmed1/1100371/24
TOTALS1/1100371/24
PUNTINGNOAVG20TBLNGBLK
Duffy444.010490
TOTALS444.010490

Next Opponents

The New Orleans Breakers will face the Michigan Panthers on Saturday, May 28th, at 6:00 pm PT on FS1.

The Pittsburgh Maulers will take on the Birmingham Stallions on Sunday, May 29th at 11:00 am PT on Fox.

Matt Lyons is a Writer/Contributor for XFL News Hub, USFL News Hub, & CFL News Hub, covering the XFL, USFL, ELF, and TSL since August of 2020.

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