The Houston Gunners win 34-31 for the second week in a row. There were many key plays in this game that helped the Gunners to get the win. Some of the most noticeable plays were a fake punt on 4th down that turned into a touchdown run. Then Will Christie forces a fumble just a few plays later at the start of the 4th quarter to give the Gunners more momentum. It was a common theme in this game where the Steamers could not stop the Gunners on 3rd down. This showed in a very key drive near the end of the game where the gunners had 3 third down conversions and then a 4th down conversion which led to a Ray JR touchdown making it 34-24 with a little over a minute to play. After a sluggish start on offense in the first half converting only 2/6 third downs, but the Gunners got focused in the second and had a few drives that took off big chunks of time. They also made big plays on 3rd down, successfully getting 8/11 and 2 of those times they were stopped on 3rd down they ended up converting on 4th down. Hard to lose a game when you offense can keep drives going like that. Does the young rookie Coach Mula have beginners’ luck, is it just that he is so new that coaches haven’t had time to figure him out or is he going to be the real deal in this league?
For the Steamers, they have lost their second game in a row dropping them below the .500 mark. This loss also means that the Gunners have swept them this season with a combined score of 62- 52. This was a game that Memphis really could have won. Leading at halftime 10-6, going into the 3rd quarter they were feeling good about being on top of an undefeated team. But they then give up a long touchdown drive and the lead. The offense didn’t panic and answered right back down the field to score a touchdown on a long pass play to Romeo Jackson. But then the wheels fell off the train some and they allowed the 4th down fake for a touchdown and had the fumble at the start of the 4th that got them down 27-17 with 11:50 left in the game. They would get a couple stops and manage a touchdown drive to get the score to 27-24 with just under 8 minutes to go. But then the Gunners went on their long drive that left under 2 minutes on the clock and a 34-24 game. A great touchdown catch by Romeo Jackson again narrowed the margin but that was all that was left with the game. Coach Jones will need to dig deep as we continue on into the season to try and get back on track in hopes of finding a playoff spot.
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