Philadelphia Stars collapse against New Jersey Generals, 24-16
The Philadelphia Stars suffered a tough loss late last night, falling to the New Jersey Generals 24-16.
Philadelphia got out to a big lead early, with Bryan Scott connecting with Bug Howard for a 41-yard touchdown just three minutes into the game.
Later in the quarter, both sides exchanged field goals to make it a 10-3 game heading into the second. The Stars suffered a tough blow when Bryan Scott was on the sideline to start the second half.
Scott was ruled out for the remainder of the game with an unknown injury, with Case Cookus filling in for him.
Darius Victor had a short rushing touchdown to tie it up for the Generals halfway through the third quarter. On the following drive, Cookus then found Diondre Overton to make it a 16-10 game.
Victor found the endzone on a one-yard touchdown, and New Jersey never looked back, holding the lead for the remainder of the game.
Complete lack of a rushing game
During yesterday’s loss, Philadelphia’s rushing attack was absent, rushing just ten times for 31 yards. Their running game has been weak throughout the entire season, but it’s shocking they still ignored it entirely with their backup quarterback in the game.
Even with a weak run game, it still needs to be established far more in order for their passing attack to be successful. Hopefully, this week will be a wake-up call, but nothing will improve if the game plan doesn’t change.
Swiss Cheese Defense
The Stars’ defense lost them this game, and it’s shocking the score was as close as it was. New Jersey had 269 yards rushing on 41 attempts, averaging an incredible 5.8 yards per carry. Through the air, the Generals had 209 yards passing on 61% completion as well.
New Jersey had 13 more minutes of possession and 200 more yards total than Philadelphia. The Stars’ defense has always been weak, but this performance is unacceptable.
Philadelphia returns to action on Friday night when they face the Birmingham Stallions at 10 P.M. on FS1.
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