An ARC East matchup fell upon us today. The Orlando Sentinels came into the game with a 4-2 record. They had a slow 0-2 start to the season, including a 45-16 loss to the Dublin Celtic Tigers in week 2. Coming into this game with 4 straight wins had the Sentinels feeling confident they could put up a better fight this time around. One of the keys to victor from fellow writer Back was that DeAndre Wilkins Jr was going to have to air it out this game and that is exactly what the Sentinels did. He threw for 340 yards and 3 touchdowns on 34 completions. His main target was Erik Myrick who had 9 receptions, 127 yards, and 2 touchdowns. But without having much of anything in terms of the ground game it took the offense until the middle of the second quarter to score but they were already down 17 points. The defense struggled to stop the Celtic Tigers offense as they managed to get 3 first-half touchdowns and 2 field goals. The defense couldn't stop the run and then that ended up making them also fail to stop the passing attack. While the Sentinels did manage 3 second-half touchdowns, they still gave up 2. It was a long day for Orlando fans but they are hoping that moving forward they can have a more balanced attack and the defense will make the stops when it needs to.
The Celtic Tigers came into the game on a 2 game losing streak. Looking to bounce back they came into this game hungry and that showed throughout all 4 quarters. Justin Jones threw for 338 yards on 28 completions and had one passing touchdown. Fellow writer Back mentioned that having Trey Worsley play well today would help Jones in the passing game and he did have a great game. He had 31 carries for 152 yards and 4 touchdowns. The consistency of the offense was amazing, scoring 27 first-half points and being able to score 18 more in the second half shows they were clicking on all cylinders. The defense while getting beat in the air was able to still get stops when they needed to especially early in the game helping them jump out to a big lead. A few other noticeable players today were Ross Dierdorf who had 9 receptions 126 yards and 1 receiving touchdown. Another receiver Matt Nanee had 7 receptions for 93 yards.
Looking into the near future for these two teams, Dublin will play a non-RFL team which will lead to them becoming 4-3. While the Sentinels (4-3) will be up against the