The Boston Dragons sunk their bitter rival, the New York Marauders, at home on opening day 35-28.
Boston Dragons started off strong in the 1st half scoring the first two touchdowns. The first came from sophomore Quarterback Cooper Rush when he threw a bullet to newcomer Jeff Janis on a 6 yard slant. The second came on a 1 yard run by last year’s comeback player of the year winner, Andre Ellington. Boston went into half-time with the lead 14-7.
The Dragons poured it on in the 3rd quarter, securing a big lead before letting off the gas in the 4th quarter and allowing New York to throw 2 touchdowns. Rush came alive, hitting his two favorite targets for long touchdowns, with the receivers doing all the work. Coby Fleener got open on a slant and took it 22 yards for the score thanks to an interception by Nickell Robey two plays earlier. A few minutes later, Luke Tasker caught a ball on a hitch route and took it 92 yards to the house. Ellington ended the scoring route of 35 points after another 1 yard run.
Despite being ranked 18th at the beginning of the season after a playoff appearance last year, they managed to prove doubters wrong as New York was ranked 4th.
Rush completed 20 of 31 passes to throw for 270 yards and 3 touchdowns with a QB rating of 124.4. Ellington started the year off with a 100+ yard game with 110 and added 2 touchdowns. Tasker led the team in receiving with 155 yards and 1 touchdown on 6 catches.
Kyle Emanuel, one of the top rated Linebackers in the league had a huge day, picking Vad Lee off 2 times in the contest. Robey had the other to have a total of 3 interceptions on opening day. Javon Hargrave matched that number with 3 sacks.
On Special Teams, Mike Scrifes boomed the ball averaging 47.6 yards and hit 2 inside the 20. Rookie Jason Sanders did not get to prove his worth at field goals, but came up big making all 5 XP attempts.
The Boston Dragons go on the road to take on the 0-1 Philadelphia Bulldogs in Week 2.