Two weeks down, two weeks to go. Week Three has come and gone in the 2020 Spring League Season. It would not be #SpringFootball without a little drama, right? This week would prove to have serious playoff implications and much more. Here’s a look at the standings after two weeks of play:
The scheduled game between the Alphas and Jousters on Tuesday, November 10th was postponed and then ultimately forfeited by the Jousters due to a positive COVID-19 test. That positive test made it nearly impossible for the Jousters to hold daily practices which was the reason for the forfeit. As of today, it is unclear exactly what COVID-19 protocols are in place for The Spring League. The Alphas improved to 2-1 on the season, while the Jousters fell to 0-3. Because of the movement in games, the remaining two games were televised on FS1.
Aviators vs Conquerors – Wednesday, November 10th at 8:00 PM EST
The Aviators received the opening kickoff and MATHEW SEXTON DOES IT AGAIN! He took the kickoff 98 yards to the house and the Aviators grabbed an early 7-0 lead. Sexton returned a Punt in overtime of last weeks 23-17 win over the Blues. Aviators Quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson looked sharp in the opening quarter, going 6 of 6 for 59 Yards. On Defense, Defensive Back DeShaun Amos was back at it again as he picked off Kevin Anderson and returned it 102 Yards for a Touchdown. The Aviators secondary game up some huge chunk plays to start the game.
The Conquerors came out with an aerial attack in quarter one. Kevin Anderson started the game throwing the ball with poise and confidence. Anderson found a wide open Nick Holley for a Touchdown in the opening quarter. Holley also recorded a Blocked Punt on Special Teams. Conquerors Running Back Jordan Salima added a Touchdown of his own, a 1 Yard run during the first 15 minutes of action. Kenneth Mann of the Conquerors recovered a Fumble off of a botched screen pass, which resulted in points for the Offense. At the end of one, the score was 15-13 Conquerors.
The Conquerors continued to pile up the yards in the second quarter. Kevin Anderson hit Dan “Threat” Williams with a couple of huge chunk plays through the air. Running Back Jordan Salima also provided tough running yards for the Conquerors. Salima had 11 rushes for 53 Yard and 2 Touchdowns as the second quarter wrapped up. Defensively, the Conquerors buckled down and started to force turnovers. Linebacker Jordan See picked off McLeod Bethel-Thompson and retuned it 18 yards for a Touchdown. Jawaun Johnson forced two Fumbles of his own as the Conquerors played sound football on Offense and Defense. Kicker Matt Mengel connected on a 51 Yard Field Goal in the Quarter, his second of over 50 Yards this season. He’s been excellent this season, despite missing 3 extra points in the first half.
The Aviators just could not get things going on Offense in the second quarter. Too many costly turnovers made it difficult to establish any sort of rhythm. Aviators receivers Julian Williams and Kent Shelby we’re doing all they could to be reliable targets for McLeod Bethel-Thompson in the quarter. The second and third levels for the Defense continued to struggle against the passing attack of the Conquerors. Heading into halftime the score was 28-13 Conquerors.
The Conquerors get a pick-six of their own.— The Spring League 🏈 (@TheSpringLeague) November 11, 2020
LB Jordan See (@Alleyes_see32) grabs a ricocheted pass, gets up, and takes it back for six. The bad bounce results in QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson's first turnover at #TSL2020 and extends the Conquerors first half lead.
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The first half summary is as follows: The Aviators had 4 turnovers in the first half, with the Conquerors being able to score 21 points off of them. The Conquerors rushed for 82 Yards to the Aviators 19. The Conquerors also edged out their opponent in passing yards at 214 to 139.
The Conquerors received the second half kickoff and it took the Offense a bit to get back on track. A 3 and out and an Interception could have easily swayed the game back towards an even keel. After the two failed drives, the third drive started with an electric kick return by former Philadelphia Eagle Ajene Harris. The drive was capped off by Jordan Salima and his third Rushing Touchdown of the day. The Conquerors Defense gave up some yards in the third quarter after shutting down the Aviators Offense in the first half. The Defense made plays when they ultimately needed to though, including an Interception by Ken Hike, Jr., his third of the season.
The Aviators were able to make some plays on both sides of the ball in the third quarter. An interception by Hakeem Woods, Jr. resulted in points on Offense. This score closed the gap a bit as the Aviators only trailed 28-19 at that point. The score would not stay close for long as the to turnover woes continued for the Aviators. Quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson threw his second interception of the game. This turned out to be a costly one as the opposing team scored once again off of the turnover. The Aviators had mustered 242 yards of offense through three quarters, compared to 388 for the Conquerors. At the end of three the score was 35-19 Conquerors.
The Aviators made a Quarterback change in the fourth quarter, turning to George Bowen. McLeod Bethel-Thompson’s night was over, and Bowen made a few plays in his time on the field. Bowen scrambled for two first downs while also completing a few passes.
The Conquerors opened the quarter with yet another Passing Touchdown, this time connecting with Dan Williams. Late in the final quarter, newly acquired Quarterback Cole McDonald stepped in for Kevin Anderson. McDonald took a few snaps and ran some RPOs as the game winded down.
FINAL – CONQUERORS 42 AVIATORS 19
Kevin Anderson – 25 of 32, 325 Passing Yards, 2 Passing Touchdowns, 2 Interceptions
Jordan Salima – 19 Rushes, 57 Rushing Yards, 3 Rushing Touchdowns
Dan Williams III – 6 Receptions, 156 Receiving Yards, 1 Receiving Touchdown
Nick Holley – 6 Receptions, 73 Receiving Yards, 1 Receiving Touchdown, 1 Blocked Punt
Jordan See – 1 Interception, Defensive Touchdown
McLeod Bethel-Thompson – 16 of 26, 178 Passing Yards, 1 Passing Touchdown, 2 Interceptions
De’Veon Smith – 7 Rushes, 53 Rushing Yards
DelVon Hardaway- 3 Receptions, 49 Receiving Yards, 1 Receiving Touchdown
Mat Sexton: 98 Yard Kick Return Touchdown
DaShaun Amos: 102 Yard Interception Return Touchdown