AAF Week 2: Hotshots, Iron stay undefeated; Fleet get first win

The Birmingham Iron and Arizona Hotshots, winners in the opening week of AAF action, both won close games over the weekend.

The Hotshots went scoreless in the first half before coming back to beat the Memphis Express 20-18. Arizona quarterback John Wolford completed 14-of-22 passes for 194 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The Hotshots also used three running backs to pile up 209 yards rushing.

The Iron came from behind in the second half to beat the Salt Lake Stallions 12-9. The Iron, who shut out Memphis in the season opener, blanked the Stallions in the second half in Week 2.

The San Diego Fleet, who lost to the Commanders in their opener in San Antonio, got 104 yards and two touchdowns rushing from Ja’Quan Gardner to beat the Atlanta Legends 24-12.

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Orlando, Birmingham, Arizona win AAF season openers

While San Antonio’s eyes were on the Commanders on Saturday night at the Alamodome, three other teams won their AAF season openers this weekend.

The Arizona Hotshots beat the Salt Lake Stallions 38-22 in the highest scoring game of the weekend. The Hotshots, coached by former San Antonio Gunslingers quarterback Rick Neuheisel, got 275 passing yards and four touchdowns from former Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford.

The Orlando Apollos were the highest scoring team of Week 1, pounding the Atlanta Legends 40-6. The Apollos are led by venerable college coach Steve Spurrier. Orlando’s Garrett Gilbert, a former Texas and SMU quarterback, passed for 227 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.

The Birmingham Iron recorded the only shutout of the weekend with a 26-0 victory over the Memphis Express. Birmingham quarterback Luis Perez was originally assigned to the Commanders before being picked by the Iron in the AAF’s protect-or-pick draft. Perez passed for 252 yards. The Iron held the Express to 202 total yards.

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