"Great comeback game little slow start but a win, we need to work on closing out each quarter keeping the intensity through the whole game" Alvin Payton, Anchorage Cowboys
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The Anchorage Cowboys 3-1 start slow but sore 31 points in second half to defeat the Alaska Giants 0-4 in Thursday night’s AFL action.
The Cowboys defense held the Giants offense to 6 total yards in the first half. The Cowboys offense had multiple opportunities in the redzone but were unable to score any points. The Giant defense kept the Giants in the game and was led by linebackers Cody Rome and Justin Benzel. The only first half score was a Jakiel Bell 1 yard run that gave the Cowboys a 6-0 halftime lead.
The Cowboys dominated the second half and had an offensive explosion that was led by AFL All-Star receiver Shawn Adgerson. For the game Adgerson tallied 4 receptions, 84 yards and 3 touchdowns. Adgerson was named Buffalo Wild Wings Player of the Game. Cowboys quarterback Sio Fiso also connected with Kevin Brown who had 3 receptions for 54 yards. Fiso finished the night going 6 for 9 with 95 yards and 4 touchdowns. Fiso also added a rushing touchdown.
The Cowboys Defense was solid in the second half and held the Giants to one first down. The Cowboys were led by linebackers Keiuntai Lane and Christian Bratcher who each had a sack. Delvin Myles led the secondary with 2 tackles and 1 interception.
The Eagle River Raiders 2-2 came out firing, but in the end had to hold off the Greatland Packers 1-3 in Sunday Night’s game of the week.The Raiders scored quickly as quarterback Mike Gooman connected with Marcus Spencer on a 31 yard touchdown pass to take an early 7-0 lead. The Packers would answer on a 5 yard touchdown run from Mike Sharpe, extra point attempt failed to make the score 7-6.
The Raiders would dominate the second quarter with two rushing touchdowns from Gooman and steady receptions from Timothy Kincaid for first downs. Kincaid finished with 5 receptions for 41 yards and named Buffalo Wild Wings Player of the game. The Raiders took a 21-6 halftime lead.
The third quarter belonged to the Packers and their running game. The Packers were led by Sharpe who finished the game with 20 yards rushing with two scores. Jamal Esaw added 34 yards on the ground. Sharpe second touchdown made it 21-12
In the fourth quarter the Packers had multiple opportunities in the redzone but failed to score. With under a 30 seconds left in the game quarterback Kindell McVay scored on an 12 yard run making the score 21-19. With 4.7 seconds left the Packers attempted an onside kick but the Raiders recovered to seal the win.
The game between the Arctic Seahawks and Anchorage Cowboys lived up to its billing. The two teams came in evenly matched and put on a great game Military Appreciation Night.
The Arctic Seahawks took an early 6-0 lead on an Allen Franklin 1 yard touchdown run. The Cowboys countered on their next possession as Kanuri Stokes scored on a 5 yard touchdown run to even the score 6. In the second quarter both teams struggled to score against each other’s defense and went into halftime tied at 6.
In the third quarter the Seahawks scored quickly on another Franklin 15 yard touchdown run, extra point try failed. Allen led the Seahawks offense with 37 yards rushing. The Cowboys again came back as quarterback Si’o Fiso connected with Deontee Daniels on a 5 yard pass for a touchdown. Extra point try failed which tied the game 12-12 going into the fourth quarter.
The start of the fourth quarter saw the Seahawks take the ball down to the Cowboys 5 yard line where quarterback La’Micheal Fernandez took a bootleg 5 yards in the end zone for a 19-12 lead. The Cowboys had the ball with under 2 minutes left in the game and drove to the Seahawks 15 yard line. With 2.9 seconds left to go the Cowboys had a bad snap leading to a Seahawks sack that ended the game. The Seahawk defense played like the number one defense in the league and was led by Bernard Hutton, DJ Honeycutt and Trumaine Hill who combined for10 tackles and several breakups. Hutton was named Buffalo Wild Wings Player of the Game.
The Arctic Seahawks 3-0 remained unbeaten after Sunday’s night resounding 27-0 victory over the Great land Packers 1-2. The Seahawks remained in first place and set up a showdown Thursday night against the defending champions Anchorage Cowboys who are also unbeaten.
Seahawks quarterback La’ Michael Fernandez had another solid game going 6 for 13 with 36 yards passing and 2 touchdowns. Former AFL offensive MVP Allen Franklin chipped in with 69 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns. Fernandez was named Buffalo Wild Wings player of the game.
The Packers were plagued with multiple turnovers and couldn’t find a rhythm on offense. Jamal Esau led the packers with 24 yards rushing and David Dumpson had 2 receptions for 40 yards. The Packers defense played well stopping the Seahawks offense on several possessions. They were led by Seko Iloilo who had 2 sacks.
This was the first shutout in Seahawks franchise history. Bernard Hutton led the Seahawks defense with 4 tackles. Kimo Giddings and Kodi Straight added an interception apiece.
Next Alaska Football League game is Thursday, September 11th at 7:35pm at the AT&T Sports Pavilion as the Arctic Seahawks 3-0 take on the Anchorage Cowboys 2-0.
The Eagle River Raiders 1-2 recorded their first shutout in team history with 15-0 win over the Alaska Giants 0-3. The Raiders defense held the Giants to 18 total yards and the caused 4 turnovers.
The Giants won the toss and elected to defer to the second half. Both teams looked sluggish in the first quarter with each team punting on their first three offensive possessions. The Raiders took 6-0 lead into halftime on a Marcus Spencer 3 yard run.
In the third quarter the Raiders defense took over led by Misi Popoalii who had an Interception and a sack for a safety. Alphonso Thomas added two interceptions. The Raiders offense was led by quarterback Mike Gooman who rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown. Gooman was named Buffalo Wild Wings player of the game.
The Giants had several opportunities in the red zone but struggled to score. Multiple dropped passes halted their momentum on several possessions. The Giants defense showed improvement and newly signed linebacker Justin Benzel made an impact leading the team with 4 tackles and a sack.
Next Alaska Football League game is Sunday, September 7th at 7:35pm at the AT&T Sports Pavilion as the Greatland Packers 1-1 take on the Arctic Seahawks 2-0.
|All games to be played at the AT&T Sports Pavilion|
|Arctic Seahawks vs Eagle River Raiders||8-14-14|
|Anchorage Cowboys vs Greatland Packers||8-17-14|
|Alaska Giants vs Arctic Seahawks||8-21-14|
|Eagle River Raiders vs Anchorage Cowboys||8-24-14|
|Greatland Packers vs Alaska Giants||8-28-14|
|Alaska Giants vs Eagle River Raiders||9-4-14|
|Arctic Seahawks vs Greatland Packers||9-7-14|
|Anchorage Cowboys vs Arctic Seahawks||9-11-14|
|Greatland Packers vs Eagle River Raiders||9-14-14|
|Alaska Giants vs Anchorage Cowboys||9-18-14|
|Eagle River Raiders vs Arctic Seahawks||9-21-14|
|Greatland Packers vs Anchorage Cowboys||9-25-14|
|Alaska Giants vs Arctic Seahawks||9-28-14|
|Eagle River Raiders vs Greatland Packers||10-2-14|
|Anchorage Cowboys vs Alaska Giants||10-5-14|
|PLAYOFFS TBD vs PLAYOFFS TBD||10-9-14|
|PLAYOFFS TBD vs PLAYOFFS TBD||10-12-14|
|CHAMPIONSHIP GAME vs CHAMPIONSHIP GAME||10-19-14|