Salt Lake Stallions Post Game Notes & Quotes (Week 6 V. Memphis)
SALT LAKE STALLIONS vs. MEMPHIS EXPRESS
Saturday, March 16, 2019 | Rice-Eccles Stadium | Salt Lake City, Utah
Salt Lake's captains were No. 6 QB Josh Woodrum, No. 51 LB Greer Martini and No. 95 DL Tenny Palepoi.
The Stallions continued their defensive prowess by grabbing a season high, and Alliance league high, of seven sacks with DL Karter Schult, DL Chris Odom and Palepoi each tallying two sacks in the game. The stout defensive unit also accounted for 12 tackles for loss and 12 quarterback hits with two fumble recoveries from DB Will Davis and DL Mike Purcell.
On the first Memphis offensive play of the game, DE Karter Schult pierced the offensive line to account for his sixth (league leading) sack on Memphis QB Zach Mettenberger who would leave the game immediately with an ankle injury. Mettenberger would not return.
Salt Lake started out strong offensively in the opening quarter jumping to an early 16-0 lead at the hands of QB Josh Woodrum completing an 11-yard touchdown pass to TE Nick Truesdell on the game's opening drive. Continuing with the league's highest 2-point conversion rate, Woodrum capitalized the drive when hitting WR Jordan Leslie for the two-point conversion.
Salt Lake continued with their first quarter flurry by capping off a 44-yard scoring drive with a 14-yard touchdown from Woodrum to TE Anthony Denham. RB Terrell Newby caught a pass from Woodrum would boast to a career high 123.7 passer rating when Stallions converted their second consecutive two-point conversion to take a 16-0 lead heading into the second quarter. Following a key defensive stop following on a surprise Memphis fake-punt, K Taylor Bertolet made his fifth field goal of the season (26-yards) to put the Stallions up 19-0.
Memphis responded by scoring the final nine points of the quarter. K Austin MacGinnis connected on a 31-yard attempt with 3:52 left in the second quarter. The Express rebounded on a Stallions turnover, leading to their first and only touchdown of the game where QB Brandon Silvers threw an 11-yard pass to RB Zac Stacy.
A defensive battle ensued for the second half, where the only additional points from the Stallions would come from Bertolet on a 22-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, solidifying the Stallions' lead and second win of the season.
TE Nick Truesdell continued his season long streak of catching every single targeted pass. Truesdell caught all five passes targeted against Memphis, totaling 18/18 on the season and an Alliance record. Truesdell finished the game with a touchdown, 67 total yards and has caught a touchdown in two consecutive games.
TE Anthony Denham grabbed his first touchdown of the season finishing with four receptions and 42 total yards.
Woodrum tallied a second consecutive game throwing more than 200 yards, combining for 623 passing yards in two games. Woodrum ended the day with two touchdowns and passer rating of 90.3.
Alliance League sack leader, DL Karter Schult, continued his dominance by adding two more sacks to his season total of seven. Schult also had four quarterback hits.
DL Tenny Palepoi and DL Chris Odom also contributed to Salt Lake's seven total sacks by each adding two sacks each, in addition to three quarter back hits.
LB Gionni Paul had three tackles for loss, two passes defended and four solo tackles taking his combined season total to 27 tackles (24 solo).
SALT LAKE HEAD COACH DENNIS ERICKSON
On the early success of the offense: "Our plan going in, to start with, was to go no huddle in [an] empty [set]. We had four receivers and a tight end, which we hadn't shown [earlier in the season]. We moved the ball up and down [the field]. We thought we might be able to get [Memphis] a little tired. Then we were down [in the red zone] to make it almost out of reach, and we fumbled the ball. The first half was good offensively. The second half we stunk. We had three fumbles and one interception. But a win is a win. It's there in front of us. We're playing so good on defense. [So,] getting that start really was a big difference. But in the second and third quarters - we didn't execute on offense."
On team's overall offensive performance: "We threw it pretty good last week in San Diego. We've got to be able to run - we didn't run it real well, but we didn't really try to run it until the second half to run the clock down. We've got a number of receivers and our quarterback has been throwing pretty good. We dropped some balls, but we caught a lot of them too. I feel like we pass protect pretty well. He didn't have a lot of pressure on him at all. We're facing a new defense next week when we go play at San Antonio, who is probably one of the better teams in our league."
On the defensive effort to hold Memphis to nine points: "[Memphis] is a football team that likes to run. They're very physical running the football, but when they got behind that had to throw it all the time. I don't even know how many sacks we got. I know we pressured him quite a bit. That made a huge difference. We're playing good on defense. We've shown a lot of sparks on offense. Hopefully we can get it all together next week."
MEMPHIS EXPRESS HEAD COACH MIKE SINGLETARY
On overcoming an early deficit: "One thing we know it that we can't get behind by a large deficit. I don't care who the team is. We just put ourselves in too deep a hole and they had a great game plan coming out. They spread us out and knew how to attack us underneath and made some plays. We came alive a little bit later, but it was too late."
On Salt Lake's ability to get to the quarterback: "We have had a few injuries on our offensive line so our backups had to step in and then they got hurt. All we could do was keep fighting on the offensive line and [Salt Lake] did a good job. [They] put a lot of pressure on our quarterback and made some good plays."
On the biggest takeaways from the game: "We have got to get a couple of guys healthy again, ideally. Outside of that, we just have to keep working. We just have to keep finding a way to fight and hopefully find a way to turn it around. It's frustrating at this point, to say the least, but that's one thing that would be nice - to have a few guys back."
On Memphis QB Zach Mettenberger's injury: "At first, we didn't know how serious it was. When he originally went down we thought, [Memphis QB] Brandon Silvers will go in and make some plays and we will see what is wrong with Mettenberg. But [we would also] try to get [Mettenberger] back in the game. Then we found out that it was more serious than we originally thought. It was tough, but it's football. I thought Silvers came in and gave us a little bit of a boost, but not enough."
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