Despite a 25 point game, the Columbus Explorers could not ride with the Stallions in a 39-25 loss thanks to a late fumble.
The entire game was a back and forth show, but did not get hot until the 2nd half. The first points on the board came from Columbus with 5:09 left in the 1st quarter, when Mercer Timmis took the ball to the endzone on a 5 yard run. After a Stallions score to tie it up, the Explorer’s fans got to yell the infamous “KOOOOOO” as the 2nd year player, Younghoe Koo, knocked one through the uprights to take a 10-7 lead into halftime.
The 2nd was neck and next, exchanging 3 sets of scores. Josh Dobbs was heating up as he tossed 2 scores, both to the man, the myth, the legend, Dan Arnold. The first was from 3 yards out and the 2nd was from 6 yards out, showing what an end zone threat he is. Koo hit another field goal with 4:39 left in the game, tying up the game, 25-25. With 1:53 left in the game, Columbus had the ball and had a promising chance to upset the Stallions, but unfortunately, Kenyan Drake fumbled the ball, allowing a fumble recovery for 6, and all but ended the ball game. After getting sacked on 4th down, St. Louis ran up the score ending the game 39-25.
Moves were made directly after the game, as Columbus pulled the trigger with Mississippi to bring in Running Back Jeremy Langford in exchange for Wide Receiver Chris Williams who has not seen much action with the emergence of Arnold.
Although Dobbs threw for 2 touchdowns, he could not hit the 200 mark in passing, only throwing for 197 yards. However, he led the team in rushing yards with 58 and a 9.7 yard average. Rookie Keke Coutee led the team with 7 receptions and 83 yards.
The defense could not capitalize on fumble recoveries, only recovering one after causing 5 fumbles on the day. Quinton Dial led the charge with 3 forced fumbles, making him the league leader with 4 forced. He also led the team in sacks with 2. Marcus Cooper led the team in tackles with 9. The most exciting play of the day came on a Corner Blitz when Ken Crawley recorded his first sack of his career.
Younghoe Koo is still 100% this season on Field Goals after going 2-2. A blocked kick, ruined his Extra Point averge however. Rookie Daniel Petermann was thrown into the Kick Return mix this week and returned one 68 yards. He is now in a 2 back rotation going forward.
The Columbus Explorers are on the road for a 2nd straight week as they play an even matchup with the Minnesota Freeze in Week 4.