The Columbus Explorers drop their 2019 season opener to the Carolina Generals 23-13.

The Explorers did not get much going on the offensive side of the ball, stalling out on all drives and only getting close enough for Younghoe Koo to kick 2 field goals from 38 and 19 yards respectively. The bright side was the defense, also allowing the Generals to only mange 2 field goals making the score 6-6 going into halftime.

The third quarter saw exchanging touchdowns with the Generals striking first. Josh Dobbs tied up the game with 2:57 left after a 12 yard strike to 2nd year Wide Receiver, Dan Arnold, making the score 13-13. Unfortunately, after a Generals touchdown run early in the 4th quarter, the Explorers could not do anything to catch up, getting shut out.

Although the Explorers start 0-1 there are some positive notes to take from the game, like a 140 yard receiving day for 6’6″ Arnold.

Dobbs threw for 254 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT and also led the team in rushing with 42 yards on 8 carries. Arnold led the team in receiving with 140 yards on 8 catches while adding the team’s lone TD.

The Defense was led by second year OLB, Carl Lawson. He racked up his first sack and interception of the year. Six year veteran, Marcus Cooper, led the team with 9 tackles and a deflection.

On Special Teams, Koo went 100% in his FG and XP attempts.

The Columbus Explorers go on the road to take on the Virginia Admirals in Week 2.