USFL begins inaugural season


Courtesy of Sports Video Group

Ben Huber, Sports Editor

The newest football league called the United States Football League (USFL) kicked off Saturday, April 16 with the Burmingham Stallions taking on the New Jersey Generals. The Game started off with a first drive touchdown by the Generals. The Stallions were then able to tie it up and keep the game close with a score of their own. The game remained tied until the beginning of the fourth quarter where both teams scored touchdowns. The Generals then pulled ahead, scoring on a ten yard touchdown by Deandre Johnson. The Stallions then responded with a 28 yard touchdown catch by Cary Angeline. Nick Rose then gave the Generals a 24-21 lead on a field goal with under two minutes to go. The Stallions had one more chance to score, quarterback J’Mar Smith led the team downfield and scored with no time left, stealing the win right from the Generals.

        In the next game, the Houston Gamblers took on the Michigan Panthers. It was a low scoring affair, starting off extremely slow with both offenses failing to get many points. The Gamblers scored a field goal in the first quarter but those were the only points scored. The second quarter consisted of three turnovers by the Panthers and allowed the Gamblers to score, giving them a 17-0 lead. At the start of the second half the Panthers made some changes and came out firing. They drove 74 yards downfield and scored a touchdown but failed the PAT. They had a chance to decrease the lead later in the third quarter, but kicker Michael Carrizosa missed a 43 yard field goal. The Panthers scored once again in the fourth, closing in on the Gamblers lead making the score 17-12. All the Panthers had to do was score one more time and they would win the game. They had two chances to get down the field but both times the offense stalled out and they turned the ball over. The final score read 17-12 in favor of the Gamblers.

        The final Sunday game was a match between the Philadelphia Stars and the New Orleans Breakers. The game started out with the Stars turning the ball over on an interception by Stars quarterback Bryan Scott that was returned by linebacker Vontae Diggs for a touchdown. The second quarter consisted of another outstanding play by the Breakers. When the Stars were backed up to their own end zone they were able to block a punt resulting in a safety. Towards the end of the second quarter, the Stars were able to find their footing, scoring a ten yard touchdown from Bryan Scott. The score at the end of the first half read 9-7 in favor of New Orleans. During the third quarter, the Breakers found themselves driving on the Stars defense on the back of running back TJ Logan. Logan eventually scored on a 15 yard run. The Stars however, responded with a score of their own on only two plays. Running back Darnell Holland raced downfield and reached paydirt on a 42 yard scamper. As the fourth quarter started the Breakers were looking to put the Stars hopes to rest. They marched downfield on a four minute twenty second drive that ended with a touchdown run by Jordan Ellis. After that strong drive by the Breakers, the Stars were not able to recuperate. The Breakers defense proved too strong, helping them get the win with a final score of 23-17.

        As the weekend concluded, many were excited with the return of USFL football. The league fell through during its initial stint in the 1980s but this time, fans were hoping the league would stay for good. Since the NFL season doesn’t start until July, viewers are delighted to be able watch football until the ensuing 2022 season begins.