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Orlando Apollos remain unbeaten- look like best team in AAF

Florida Football Insiders



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Five weeks into their inaugural season, the Orlando Apollos have clearly established themselves as the best team in the Alliance of American football. And, Saturday afternoon in Birmingham, the Iron became the latest opponent to find that out the hard way. Orlando dominated them after jumping out to a 14 – 0 lead, and ended up with an impressive 31-14 Victory to improve to 5-0.

Once again, quarterback Garrett Gilbert (above) was impressive throwing for 286 yards and two touchdowns, including a fourth quarter score to top receiver Charles Johnson that basically sealed the game.

The underrated Orlando defense came out large including stopping the premier weapon for Birmingham, former Alabama Crimson Tide running back Trent Richardson. The Apollos held Richardson to just 21 yards on eight carries and one first-half touchdown.

Meanwhile, Orlando running back De’Veon Smith, who was on the Dolphins roster for part of 2018, ran for 119 yards on just 14 carries, as the Apollos controlled things for much of the second half.

Speaking of defense, defensive back Keith Reaser intercepted Iron quarterback Luis Perez’s pass in the first quarter and raced into the end zone with his second pick-six of the season. Then, after the two-point conversion Orlando already led 14 – 0.

Steve Spurrier’s offense continued to click with 468 yards and most importantly, no turnovers.  And kicker Elliott Fry booted three field goals to help them build a 23-14 lead headed into to the 4th quarter.

The Apollos went on a time-consuming drive that ended with the aforementioned Gilbert to Johnson 12 yard touchdown that closed out the scoring.

Orlando remains the only unbeaten team in the inaugural season of the Alliance of American Football and at the halfway point, they now lead everyone in their division by at least two games.

Also impressively, they have now won three Road games indoors at San Antonio, outside in the snow at Salt Lake City last Saturday and now, against the other top team in their division, Birmingham.

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