Stallions Remain Undefeated, Clinch Playoff Berth
The Birmingham Stallions defeated the Pittsburgh Maulers 26-16 on Sunday afternoon, extending their undefeated record to 7-0 and officially clinching a spot in the inaugural USFL playoffs.
Like they have in all but one game this season, Birmingham trailed in the second half of the game, before outscoring Pittsburgh 20-6 in the final two quarters to win the game.
Unlike they have been doing for the past few weeks, the Stallions only used one quarterback against the Maulers, which was J'Mar Smith. Smith had a less than stellar performance though, going 9-of-24 on passing for 138 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception, forcing the team to rely much more on their rushing offense, which put up 200 yards on the day.
The game started out slow for the Stallions, as they only had a field goal in the first quarter. The Maulers, however, scored a touchdown in the quarter, courtesy of a four yard rush by running back Madre London, giving them a 7-3 lead after the first. Both teams traded second quarter field goals to bring the score at halftime to 10-6.
In their first possession after halftime, Birmingham made a gutsy fake punt call on fourth and five at their own 48 yard line, which paid off as it resulted in a 52 yard touchdown run by fullback Bobby Holly. After the touchdown, both teams again traded field goals to end the third with a 16-13 Stallions lead.
After a punt by the Maulers near the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Stallions were finally able to extend their lead to double digits with a touchdown run by running back CJ Marable. While Pittsburgh was able to cut their deficit back to single digits with a field goal, Birmingham kicked a field goal of their own to get the game back to double digits and end it 26-16.
Former Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough once again led all rushers in the game for the second straight week, racking up 100 rushing yards on 27 attempts.
The Birmingham Stallions will play the New Orleans Breakers at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday, June 4 at 2 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on FOX. The Stallions beat the Breakers 22-13 when they played last in April.