The San Diego Fleet took on the Memphis Express Saturday. The Fleet lost the game 26-23, falling to 2-2 on the season. San Diego started fast getting out to a 20 to 6 lead. Quarterback Philip Nelson got hurt in the game and third-string quarterback Alex Ross was placed into action. Ross came in and threw for a touchdown right away, but also threw a costly interception that led to a touchdown for Memphis. Punt returner Ron Brown returned a punt 57 yards for a touchdown for the first ever punt return for a touchdown in AAF history.
When the game was tied 23-23 late in the fourth quarter, the Fleet called a fake punt from their own 32-yard line and did not convert. That led to an Express field goal to give them the lead late in the game.
- Offensive line Woes
The Fleet’s offensive line has been struggling all year long. The Express defensive front put constant pressure on quarterbacks Philip Nelson and Alex Ross. Defensive end Corey Vereen had two of the four Memphis sacks. Along with the four sacks the Express also had six quarterback hits. Pat Morris and Matt Kitna the Fleet’s offensive line coaches need to find a line combination that can protect the quarterback better.
The play that secured the W.
— Memphis Express (@aafexpress) March 3, 2019
Turnovers have been a big problem for the Fleet all season. Alex Ross threw a costly interception that led to a touchdown and also started the comeback. Ross also added two lost fumbles and Philp Nelson one fumble lost. The fake punt was a crucial turnover that gave the Express the ball in scoring distance where they kicked what turned out to be a game-winning field goal. The Fleet need to do a better job of protecting the football turnovers will kill you in football.
- Not Much Success running the Ball
The Fleet had 105 total rush yards, but the quarterbacks had 60 yards of it from running to get away for the pass rush. Terrell Watson had 43 yards on ten carries which is not to bad. AAF leading rusher Ja’Quan Gardner had 6 yards on 9 carries, that was not good at all. The Express defense did a good job stopping the run led by Drew Jackson who had 13 tackles, one sack, and one interception.
The Fleet came into the game without two of there key defensive starters. Linebacker A.J.Tarpley and defensive end Damontre Moore missed the game due to injury. Moore has two sacks on the season and has 10 of the Fleet’s 26 pressures on the season.
Quarterback Philip Nelson hurt his shoulder in the game against Memphis and could miss next week’s game also. Offensive lineman Damien Mama was lost for the game with an ankle injury.