Phoenix, AZ – With the inaugural 2019 AAF season underway, the Arizona Hotshots are off to a scorching start. Hotshots starting quarterback John Wolford (Wake Forest) lead Arizona to a 38-22 victory over the Salt Lake Stallions in the very first game in Hotshots franchise history. Wolford went off on the Stallions defense, picking up 275 passing yards, and tossing 4 touchdowns. Meanwhile on the defensive side of the ball, the Hotshots D is lead by an impressive pair of linebackers in Steven Johnson (6 year NFL vet) and Steve Beauharnais (3 year NFL vet) along with Rahim Moore leading the wolf-pack in the secondary. The Hotshots defense held the Stallions to a deafening 159 yards passing and a total of 88 rushing yards.
Next up Arizona will face against Mike Singletary and the Memphis Express, in which the Express lost their week one matchup against the Birmingham Iron.
The Memphis squad simply couldn’t get the ball moving in any way or fashion against the surprisingly stout Birmingham defense. The Express started Christian Hackenberg (formerly of the New York Jets) and he failed miserably to generate any sort of offensive attack. Throwing an interception and mustering a lousy 87 total passing yards, the Hotshots defense should have a field day against the lackadaisical Memphis offense, much like the Iron did in the previous week’s matchup. Memphis Linebacker DeMarquis Gates had a standout game by collecting 10 solo tackles along with other fellow linebacker teammate Anthony Johnson who collected 5 total tackles and a sack.
Memphis will host the Hotshots at 6:00 PM (Mountain Standard Time) and you can catch the game on NFL Network this Saturday, February 16, 2019.