Week ten in the USFL kicked off with the New Jersey Generals taking on the Philadelphia Stars. This game is actually a playoff preview for next week, as both teams will face off next Saturday in Canton.
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Heading into today’s matchup, New Jersey was 8-1, while Philadelphia was 6-3. When these two teams played back in week three, the Generals won 24-16. It was a tough game for the Stars, though, as Bryan Scott went down with an injury in the middle of the meeting.
Let’s take a look at what happened in today’s game between these two North Division rivals. No surprise, it was very exciting throughout the entire affair.
New Jersey received the opening kickoff, and got off to a red hot start. After a couple of quick completions, Trey Williams broke loose for a 61 yard score, putting the Generals up 7-0 early.
On their first drive, Philadelphia looked pretty sharp. Case Cookus led the team down the field, putting them in a position to score. A successful field goal attempt from Luis Aguilar made it a 7-3 game.
Once again, the Generals put together a great drive. Luis Perez methodically marched his team down the field, before finding Alonzo Moore in the endzone – who made an incredibly athletic catch to give New Jersey a 14-3 lead.
The Stars slowly but surely marched down the field, with Cookus eventually finding Bug Howard for a big gain. This set them up inside New Jersey territory, which led to a beautiful touchdown pass from Cookus to Jordan Suell.
Heading into halftime, the New Jersey Generals maintained a 14-10 lead.
Philadelphia got the football to start the second half, and kept the positive momentum that they had in the first half. Cookus pushed the ball down the field quickly, and eventually found Chris Rowland on a screen pass, who scurried his way into the endzone. Just like that, the Stars took a 17-14 lead.
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Meanwhile, Trey Williams continued to run the football incredibly well, putting the Generals in a position to score. Luis Perez found Darius Victor coming out of the backfield on a short screen, and he barreled in for the touchdown. After a missed XP, New Jersey led 20-17.
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While the Stars got off to a decent start on their ensuing drive, New Jersey’s defense withheld, forcing a punt. With fifteen minutes left to play, the Generals had the football – and a three point lead.
New Jersey took advantage of the punt, despite being backed up inside their own red zone. Johnson got things underway, escaping for a huge gain (and taking a brutal hit while doing so).
Perez then took the helm, and tossed another beautiful touchdown to Alonzo Moore. After a blocked XP, the Generals led 26-17 in the early goings of the fourth.
Philadelphia did an excellent job of marching down the field, keeping the drive alive with a couple of clutch third down conversions. Matt Colburn found a seam in the defense, galloping into the end zone to make it a three point game.
Today’s game was extremely fun to watch from start to finish. Even in a “meaningless” game in week ten, the USFL continues to provide fans with plenty of excitement and high quality content across the board.