After losing to a winless team last game, the Columbus Explorers lit a fire under their butts and upset the #14 ranked Nightmare.
After the Nightmare drew the first blood, Younghoe Koo and Josh Dobbs teamed up for 13 unanswered points in the 2nd quarter. Koo took the 1st and 3rd honors, drilling them through the uprights from 21 and 45 yards out. Dobbs ran one in for a score from 2 yards out.
The 2nd half was no different, as Dobbs and Koo put up 10 more points on the board in the 3rd quarter taking a 23-7 point lead heading into the 4th quarter. Dobbs ran another one in for a score as Koo struck from 44 yards out. The Defense let up off the gas a little in the 4th, allowing 10 points, but Koo hit another field goal with a little over a minute left to seal the deal from 22 yards out.
Although only two Explorers scored points this game, it was a Keke Coutee show as the rookie could not be stopped.
Dobbs only threw for 159 yards, but his 90 yards rushing for 2 touchdowns led the team. Coutee dominated the Nightmare as he led the team with 8 catches for 126 yards. The run game was a ground and pound as 5 different players carried the ball, including a 4.3 yard average on 8 carries from rookie Fullback, Johnny Stanton.
The Defense held the Nightmare in check, allowing only 71 rushing yards and forcing 2 interceptions. Ken Crawley led the team with 10 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 2 deflections. The only other player that stood out was a 1 tackle performance by Cody Heiman, mainly because he blew up the ball carrier for a forced fumble.
Rookie Daniel Petermann is showing he deserves to keep the return man spot for good after averaging 36.5 yards per carry. He now leads the entire league with a 46.0 average. Koo remains perfect and is 11 for 11 on the season.
The Columbus Explorers are at home for a 2nd straight week as they face the New York Marauders in Week 6.