The Columbus Explorers ultimately could not hang with one of their rivals, the New York Marauders, in a back and forth contest.
The 1st quarter started off hot, immediately after New York put up the 1st score, Josh Dobbs hit Keke Coutee for a 22 yard strike. After another score by New York, long time vetaran Quintin Demps picked off Vad Lee with less than 2 minutes left in the half, but the offense could not make any noise with that gift going into halftime 14-7.
The 2nd half was nothing less than entertaining, being an absolute shootout until the end. The two teams combined to exchange blows 7 different times. Younghoe Koo hit one through the uprights to make the game 21-10. Next came Kenyan Drake on a 1 yard run early in the 4th to bring the game to 24-17. Less than two minutes later after yet another NY score, Dobbs bombed one 41 yards to Jake Kumerow, putting them only 7 points behind with 7:59 left in the game. Unfortunately the next score by New York with 59 seconds left was the end game.
Every fan and player a like should be proud in the gave putting up such a fight as a young team with one of the top teams in the league.
Dobbs once again led the team in rushing with 63 yards, but more impressively threw for 261 yards and 2 touchdowns. Kumerow led the Explorers in receiving, racking up 106 yards and a touchdown.
The Defense was led again with 9 tackles and 5 hurries by Quinton Dial who seems to be having a break out season late in his career. Rookie Sam Hubbard racked up another sack on the season. Marcus Cooper and Kony Ealy both forced fumbles in the contest while Demps had the lone interception. Carl Lawson also impressed, but this time in the passing game, knocking 2 balls to the ground.
Rookie Daniel Petermann only had one kick return in the contest, but again impressed taking it 59 yards. Koo still remains perfect in field goals on the season.
The Columbus Explorers face the Utah Raptors in Week 7, a team more on the Explorers’ level.