Apollos rally to beat Memphis, improve to 7-1


Steve Spurrier said he wants to go out a winner. So far, so good.

The 73-year-old coach has his Orlando Apollos at 7-1, taking a 2 1/2-game lead on the Birmingham Iron in the Eastern Conference of the Alliance of American Football. The Apollos already have clinched a playoff berth.

The Apollos came back from a nine-point deficit late in the fourth quarter Saturday to beat the Memphis Express 34-31. The Express, who lost Johnny Manziel to a concussion in the first quarter, were eliminated from playoff contention in falling to 2-6.

Garrett Gilbert rallied Orlando, going 22 of 40 for 310 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Memphis turned over the ball inside its own 30 late in the game when the punter dropped the ball, and De’Veon Smith scored from the 1 for the game-winning score.

Charles Johnson made eight catches for 135 yards and a touchdown.

Manziel went 2-of-3 for 13 yards and an interception and ran three times for 18 yards before leaving.

Brandon Silvers completed 30 of 49 passes for 269 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Express.

6 responses to “Apollos rally to beat Memphis, improve to 7-1

  1. The officials in the Express game today are the worst I’ve ever seen! If they are trying to work their way into the NFL, good luck!

  2. I’ve seen bits and pieces of the games through out the season, this happened to be the first game I was able to sit and just watch. Saw the entire second half. And the officiating in this game was absolutely pathetic. Memphis has the game won and the officials literally took it from them in the last 2 minutes. The last 4 minutes of the game was like watching the Rams/Saints PI no call play after play after play. Why even have a play clock if the center has 3 seconds after it hits :00 before snapping the ball. I thought singletary was going to explode and I don’t blame him. They played well and had it taken from the via incompetence. The game play was fine, the officiating was atrocious

  3. This was an exciting game. And yes refs were over zealous when they shouldn’t be (like manziel TD) and missed blatant delay of game. Isn’t that what the SkyJudge is there to catch?

    But the game was exciting Memphis did get screwed on the non-delay call BUT why t started pouring and that punter fumbled and slipped – that was the game.

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