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Apollos Crush Legends 40-6 in Inaugural Outing

by Paul Reeths
February 10, 2019 - Alliance of American Football (AAF) - Orlando Apollos

Behind coach Steve Spurrier, the Orlando Apollos overwhelmed the Atlanta Legends, 40-6, before 20,191 in the rain at Orlando's at Spectrum Stadium.

The Apollos offense stole the show as Orlando dominated the first half against visiting Atlanta to take a 22-6 lead into the locker room.

Trailing 16-6 with under a minute left in the first half, Legends coach Kevin Coyle gambled by going for it on fourth and one in his own territory with under a minute left. The move backfired when the Apollos stopped them and then scored on a Spurrier special right before the half to take a commanding lead. Orlando quarterback Garrett Gilbert caught the late first-half score on a pass from Jalin Marshall. Gilbert also threw for the first touchdown in AAF history to Marshall earlier in the game.

An early fourth quarter scoring pass to D'Ernest Johnson put the game out of reach at 31-6, and Orlando added a pick six by linebacker Terence Garvin off a tipped pass to make the rout complete.

In addition to his touchdown reception, Gilbert completed 15 of 25 throws for 227 yards and a pair of scores.

Having lost original coach Brad Childress several weeks ago and announcing that Michael Vick would no longer be their offensive coordinator last week, the Legends struggled after taking an early 3-0 lead. Kicker Younghoe Koo scored the first points in league history with a first quarter field goal.

Atlanta quarterback Matt Simms completed 15 of 28 throws with a pair of interceptions.

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