Orlando Apollos Go to 3-0 with Win vs. Memphis Express
The Orlando Apollos remained undefeated Saturday night and prevented the Memphis Express from winning their first game of The Alliance of American Football season with a 21-17 victory at Orlando's Spectrum Stadium.
Thanks to an offense that converted only 3 of 11 third-down opportunities, the Apollos weren't as explosive as they had been in their first two games going against an aggressive Memphis defense.
However, they made plays when they had to, including a 21-yard touchdown run by quarterback Garrett Gilbert that gave Orlando a 21-9 lead with 8:58 to play in the game.
Gilbert completed 14 of 28 passes for 207 yards, which included a 37-yard touchdown to wide receiver Rannell Hall with 6:28 remaining in the third quarter that extended the Apollos' lead to 15-6.
Gilbert rushed for 43 yards on seven attempts.
Despite Orlando's victory, the story of the game was the play of Express quarterback Zach Mettenberger.
After a first half in which starter Christian Hackenberg completed 8 of 14 passes for 88 yards with two interceptions and a 36.3 passer rating, Mettenberger entered the game at the start of the second half with Memphis trailing, 9-0.
He immediately led the Express down the field on a nine-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 30-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Devin Lucien.
In the fourth quarter, a seven-play, 75-yard drive ended with a 40-yard scoring pass from Mettenberger to wide receiver Gerrard Sheppard.
A two-point pass to running back Anthony Manzo-Lewis made the score 21-17 with 5:32 to play.
However, the Express never saw the ball again as five Orlando running plays netted 62 yards prior to three kneeldowns to conclude the game.
Mettenberger completed 9 of 12 passes for 120 yards, the two touchdowns and a 145.8 passer rating.
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