The San Deigo Fleet playoff hopes took a huge hit on Saturday night. The Fleet lost to the Salt Lake Stallions 8-3 in a defensive battle. San Diego’s record dropped to 3-5, and they are on the brink of playoff elimination. To make the playoffs the Fleet would need to win both against Orlando and Arizona. Also, Arizona would have to lose two of its last three games.
Running Game Struggling
The Fleet has been struggling to run the ball the last couple games. It is not a good thing for a team that depends on its run game to be successful. Running back Ja’Quan Gardner who was at the top to the league in rushing during the first half of the season is out for the season due to injury to his right shoulder.
In the Game against the Stallons, the Fleet only ran for 54 rushing yards. Running back Bishop Sankey had 11 carries for 39 yards. Fifty-four yards on the ground is not enough for a team that has suspect quarterback play.
Quarterback Mike Bercovici has struggled all season. He struggled mightily in the game on Saturday night against the Stallons. Bercovici passed for 210 yards on 22 for 47 passing, with two interceptions and no touchdowns. His passing percentage was 46.8 which is not very good.
Big INT coming right up.
— Salt Lake Stallions (@aafstallions) March 31, 2019
I don’t understand why Mike Martz passes so much in this game. Although the running game could not get going, the game was still close and still in the balance. I would have stuck with the running game a little more, especially with a struggling quarterback.
Defense Is Legit
With all the struggles with the offense, the Fleet defense is still playing football. They only gave up 245 total net yards. The Front seven held the Stallons rushing attack to 94 yards on only 2.4 per rush. Stallons quarterback Josh Woodrum had a 66 percent passing percentage but only 155 yards passing. Meaning the Fleet kept everything in front of them and tackled well.
— San Diego Fleet (@AAFFleet) March 31, 2019
The Fleet Defense forced three turnovers, a Josh Woodrum fumble and two interceptions by defensive back Ryan Moeller. Defensive lineman Damontre Moore added another sack, giving him seven on the season, tying him for the lead league with Karter Schult.
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