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Hotshots Revive Offense Late, Rally for 20-18 Victory at Memphis

by Paul Reeths
February 16, 2019 - Alliance of American Football (AAF) - Arizona Hotshots

The Arizona Hotshots rallied late for a 20-18 victory at the Liberty Bowl in the home opener for the Memphis Express Saturday night.

Arizona trailed 12-0 at halftime, a margin that lasted most of the third quarter. John Wolford hit Rashad Ross for Arizona's first score with 1:06 left in the third to cut their deficit to 12-6, but Memphis quarterback Christian Hackenberg countered with a four-yard scoring run to make it 18-6 Express at 13:40 of the fourth.

Justin Stockton bolted through the Memphis defense on a 45-yard touchdown scamper on Arizona's ensuing possession, with Wolford running in the two-point conversion, the only successful attempt of the night. Wolford completed Arizona's third consecutive scoring drive by connecting with running back Tim Cook from four yards out for the winning score at the 7:07 mark of the fourth.

Arizona's defense controlled the Memphis offense after Hackenberg's TD run in the third. The Hotshots stopped Hackenberg inches short on a fourth down attempt with 3:29 left and didn't let the Express offense reach its own 30 yard-line on its last possession.

Wolford connected on 14 of 22 attempts for 194 yards with two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions. Arizona ran for 209 yards, topped by Cook's 73 on the ground. Josh Huff caught two passes for a team-high 84 yards.

Zac Stacy ran for 101 yards and a score to lead a Memphis rushing attack that totaled 175 in a losing effort. Hackenberg completed 14 of 25 throws for just 102 yards.

Memphis drew 11,980 for its home opener on a cool, 39-degree night.

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