Philadelphia Stars take down Pittsburgh Maulers 30-23, secure first win of the season
The Philadelphia Stars secured their first win in franchise history yesterday afternoon, defeating the Pittsburgh Maulers 30-23.
Philadelphia’s offense was firing on all cylinders, with quarterback Bryan Scott leading the charge. Scott got things going in the second quarter with a short touchdown pass to Diondre Overton to give the Stars a 7-3 lead.
Scott then used his legs just a few minutes later, rushing for a one-yard touchdown to expand the Stars’ lead to 11.
An unfortunate strip-sack pulled Pittsburgh back into the game, with Josh Love finding Hunter Thedford for a five-yard touchdown to give the Maulers a 16-14 lead.
Scott and the Stars quickly rebounded, finding Maurice Alexander for a 20-yard touchdown to give Philadelphia the lead with a minute to go in the half.
A deep TD pass from Love gave Pittsburgh the lead once again, but Maurice Alexander brought in his second touchdown to put the Stars ahead, sealing their week two victory.
The Stars’ QB looked phenomenal, completing 26 of his 36 passing attempts for 272 yards and three touchdowns on the day. Philly only had 45 yards on the ground and once again had to rely on their passing game, which paid off well.
Stars’ lockdown defense
Philadelphia controlled the air on both sides of the ball, holding Pittsburgh to just 236 yards passing, with Love completing only 54% of his attempts. Alongside that, the Stars picked the Maulers off twice in an all-around dominant showing.
The Stars will get an extra day off this week, facing off against the 1-1 New Jersey Generals next Sunday at 1 P.M. on Peacock.
Mandatory Credit: Sports Illustrated