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Alliance of American Football 2019 Results: Week 6 Scores from Saturday

Megan ArmstrongContributor IIIMarch 16, 2019

ORLANDO, FLORIDA - MARCH 16:  Rahim Moore #45 of the Arizona Hotshots reacts during the fourth quarter of the Alliance of American Football game against the Orlando Apollos at Spectrum Stadium on March 16, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Harry Aaron/AAF/Getty Images)
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The Alliance of American Football began the Week 6 chapter of its inaugural season with two games on Saturday.

Both the Memphis Express and Salt Lake Stallions entered their afternoon matchup at 1-4, searching for scraps on which to build a foundation. The Express' quarterback woes got even worse at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City—forcing them to sign a big name after the game in Johnny Manziel.

Later on in Orlando, the AAF's lone undefeated team struggled to stay that way against the visiting Arizona Hotshots. However, a penalty in the closing seconds decided whether the Apollos improved to 6-0.

Below is a look at Saturday's results, recap and highlights.

     

Week 6 Results—March 16

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Salt Lake Stallions (2-4) def. Memphis Express (1-5), 22-9

Arizona Hotshots (3-3) vs. Orlando Apollos (5-1), 22-17

     

Recap

Salt Lake Stallions 22, Memphis Express 9

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - MARCH 16:  Quarterback Zach Mettenberger #8 of the Memphis Express is sacked by Karter Schult #94 of the Salt Lake Stallions in the first quarter at Rice Eccles Stadium on March 16, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Chris Gard
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Quarterback Josh Woodrum led the Stallions offense on a commanding opening drive, which set the tone against the AAF-worst Express defense. After 5:42 had drained off the clock, Woodrum found tight end Nick Truesdell wide open over the middle for six.

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Things did not start off as smoothly for the Express offense, as the league's sack leader Karter Schult pummeled Express quarterback Zach Mettenberger on his first snap of the game. Mettenberger agonized in pain and was forced to limp off the field, replaced by Brandon Silvers.

Salt Lake Stallions @aafstallions

SACK are u even surprised by who tho https://t.co/BjvUlCDcnG

Mettenberger would not return to the game with what was officially described by team reporter Dylan James Rubino as a left ankle injury.

The first quarter ended with another Stallions touchdown—this time from Woodrum to tight end Anthony Denham—which helped to open up a 16-0 lead.

The Alliance @TheAAF

Tight ends are taking over for the Stallions! Salt Lake up 16-0. #MEMvsSL 📺 | https://t.co/SWdwrHYHPI https://t.co/PU8uQsgRAi

However, Silvers played like anything but a third-string quarterback in Mettenberger's place. Silvers tossed for 186 yards and a touchdown—his first in the AAF—to running back Zac Stacy, which cut the Stallions' lead to 19-9.

Memphis Express @aafexpress

Brandon Silvers with his first TD of the season. | #AllAboard https://t.co/JQyypIjG73

The Express touchdown was made possible by a Stallions fumble, Express' 10th forced turnover of the season. The 11th on the year followed shortly afterward with an interception by Arnold Tarpley, but the Express were unable to capitalize before the half as Silvers fumbled the ball—his lone mistake of the half.

The Express forced two more fumbles in the second half, including one while the Stallions were pressing for another touchdown at the goal line, but the offense couldn't capitalize.

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.@aafexpress has LIFE 👏 A goal-line stand and forced fumble puts their comeback train back on track 🚂 Watch now on #BRLive: https://t.co/U3bBWBVHtd https://t.co/aufGvbNUR2

Memphis Express @aafexpress

This GIF is becoming a staple. Our. Ball. | 5:05 to go 22-9 Stallions | #MEMvsSL https://t.co/pwMgOJlvZg

The light offensively for the Express was wide receiver Reece Horn, who became the first 100-yard receiver in Express history. Horn finished with 129 yards through the air.

The Express will now shift their focus to the health of Mettenberger for their Week 7 game against the Birmingham Iron next Sunday. Although, the status of Mettenberger may have been hinted at when the Express signed former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel later Saturday night.

Memphis Express @aafexpress

Welcome to the 901 @JManziel2 ✈️ | #AllAboard https://t.co/06qoyXzi5z

The Stallions will try to piece together a winning streak against the San Antonio Commanders next Saturday.

     

Arizona Hotshots 22, Orlando Apollos 17

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The moment it became most apparent that Arizona had the Apollos on the ropes came when, down 14-9, head coach Steve Spurrier decided to go for it on 4th-and-goal with 2:10 in the third quarter. Quarterback Garrett Gilbert failed to convert, highlighting the Hotshots' game-long staunch defensive effort.

The Hotshots held the Apollos on fourth down three times throughout the game, and the league's top passer looked like a shell of himself through the first three quarters. Gilbert was picked off for the first time this season at the hands of Hotshots linebacker Steven Johnson.

The Alliance @TheAAF

What a pick! 🔒 @SMJ2852 | #AZvsORL https://t.co/fozkGS4ubX

However, it was the Hotshots defense that allowed Orlando back in the game during the fourth quarter.

Unnecessary roughness and pass interference penalties for a combined 55 yards extended an Apollos drive early in the fourth quarter, Gilbert found wide receiver Jalin Marshall for a pretty 17-yard touchdown. Just like that, after a successful two-point conversion, the Apollos took a 17-14 lead.

The Alliance @TheAAF

Touchdown, Orlando! @JalinMarshall and the Apollos take the lead. 🏹 #AZvsORL https://t.co/HeXupIMu19

On the following drive, the Hotshots were on the receiving end of favorable pass interference penalties and were also able to take advantage. Ultimately, running back Jhurell Pressley punched in a touchdown from one yard out to help put Arizona back on top 22-17.

Orlando had possession at the two-minute mark at the Arizona 45 when Gilbert coughed up a fumble, and Hotshots defensive end Olubunmi Rotimi recovered.

Arizona Hotshots @aafhotshots

Don't mess with the Hotshots defense 😤 #AZvsORL https://t.co/E65euzIt1u

The Apollos got the ball back with around one minute remaining and no timeouts. Gilbert drove the team down inside the Arizona 10, but when he went to spike the ball to save time for one more shot at the end zone, the offense was called for a false start.

The penalty included a 10-second runoff, ending the game and handing the Apollos their first loss.

Even in an off performance, Gilbert finished with 268 yards and two touchdowns, while Marshall led all receivers with 98 yards.

Arizona Hotshots running back Tim Cook led all rushers with 71 yards.

Next up for Arizona will be the San Diego Fleet next Sunday, while Orlando will travel to Atlanta to take on the Legends next Saturday.

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