New Jersey has been on a roll, winning their last three games. Powered by a fierce ground attack, the Generals have seen plenty of recent success running the football. On the other side, Kyle Sloter has been a gem in New Orleans, throwing for almost 400 yards in a week four win against Houston.
Heading into this affair, fans were expecting an entertaining matchup – and that is exactly what they got. Let’s take a look at what happened in Saturday afternoon’s game.
To open things up, New Jersey received the football. Flags plagued their first drive, resulting in a quick punt for the Generals offense.
New Orleans brought the intensity from the get go. A fake punt resulted in a 43 yard gain, setting up the Breakers in excellent scoring position. New Jersey’s defense held though, so Taylor Bertolet knocked through a field goal to give New Orleans an early 3-0 advantage.
New Jersey was treated with solid field position, and made the most of it. An incredible catch by Darius Shepherd kept the drive alive, before DeAndre Johnson then found Shepherd again for a bomb, putting the Generals inside the ten.
When you fall and still make the catch 🔥 @DShep03 can catch anything 🙌
To close out the first period, both teams traded drives that went nowhere. Heading into the second quarter, New Jersey held a 7-3 lead.
The Generals continued to dominate on the ground, as they always do. Darius Victor and Trey Williams took the brunt of New Jersey’s drive to start the second quarter, setting themselves up nicely. On fourth and goal from the two yard line, Johnson scrambled in for his second score of the day.
New Orleans did get the ball inside Generals territory to start the next drive, but a tipped pass was intercepted by Shalom Luani, quickly ending that possession. The Generals were in full control, up 14-3.
The Breakers defense did their job, forcing New Jersey to punt. A penalty, followed up by a dropped pass, negated any momentum the Generals had, and New Orleans got the ball back.
This time, they figured out what to do offensively. Anthony Jones provided the team with quality rushing, which allowed Kyle Sloter to get into a rhythm through the air. On an important 3rd and 15, Sloter found Jonathan Adams for the touchdown, making it a 14-10 ball game.
With very little time to work with, Johnson was outstanding. He found KaVonte Turpin deep across the middle for a huge gain of over 40 yards, putting the team in a fantastic position to score before the half.
Darius Victor continued to do Darius Victor things, smashing through defenders to put them inside the five yard line. However, New Orleans’ defense held up, forcing a short field goal attempt. Heading into the second half, the Generals led 17-10.
New Orleans got off to a great start in the third period. After a defensive pass interference gifted the team with a new set of downs, Sloter pushed the ball down the field seamlessly. To cap things off, Sloter found Johnnie Dixon in the back of the endzone, tying the game up at 17.
We were then hit with a USFL first. Lightning in the area forced a game delay, meaning that we were treated to half an hour of random USFL fun and discussion. According to Victor, “Thick Thighs Save Lives”. When you’ve got 30” thighs and run the football the way he does, we just have to take his word for it.
Things did not get off to a good start for New Orleans once the game resumed. Kyle Sloter took a vicious hit, injuring him while forcing a punt in the process. New Jersey’s offense couldn’t get things going on their end, punting the ball right back. Impressively, Sloter took the field for New Orleans, despite all of the injuries.
New Orleans put together a solid drive to open up the fourth, getting inside the Generals redzone. Unfortunately for them, Sloter was intercepted again by Shalom Luani, putting an end to their momentum.
Johnson looked excellent coming out of the break, not skipping a beat whatsoever. Turpin continued to be a major piece of the offense, racking up over 100 yards on the day. However, from the three yard line, Johnson was intercepted by Adonis Alexander, saving New Orleans for the time being.
Adonis Alexander in the right place at the right time‼️
The Breakers could not capitalize on the turnover. On third and seven, Sloter’s pass was tipped at the line, falling incomplete. An excellent punt return from Turpin set the Generals up nicely, and they took a 27-17 lead off of an Austin Jones field goal.
Austin Jones gives us 3️⃣ more to make it a ✌️ possession game 🙌
It simply wasn’t Kyle Sloter’s day, as he struggled mightily throughout the second half. Multiple missed opportunities cost New Orleans dearly in the fourth quarter, and a turnover on downs gave New Jersey the ball back with a ten point lead.
With not much time left on the clock, New Jersey simply held possession for the final minutes. The Generals completed a dominant offensive performance with over 400 yards on the day, and a 27-17 victory in week five.
This turned out to be quite the game, despite all of the chaos in between. Both New Orleans and New Jersey proved why they are two of the league’s best teams, as high quality football was played throughout the game’s entirety.
At the end of the day, New Jersey was the better team today. DeAndre Johnson was an absolute rock star, looking elite from start to finish. There is no doubt about it, the Generals are looking like Championship material.