The Columbus Explorers literally could not get anything going on offense or defense in this extremely tough matchup against Birmingham.
The 1st quarter started off immediately in disappointment after a Josh Dobbs interception that immediately turned into 3 points for the Predators. After that score, the offense could not stay on the field, and ultimately made what has been a stout defense over the years, look like midget football. Younghoe Koo struck from 40 yards out at the end of the 2nd quarter, but the deficit was already 20-3 going into the half.
The 2nd half was nothing better. Daniel Petermann had the only spark of the game on a 58 yards kickoff return which led to a Koo field goal from 46 yards out making the contest 20-6. However, Columbus had nothing left in the tank, not being able to score another point on offense and giving up another field goal and a touchdown of defense, making the final score a blowout loss, 30-6.
This has been an extremely long season, however, there are high hopes for the next couple of years with such a young team.
On offense, there was nothing to write home about as the team could not rush for more than 55 yards and Dobbs only put up 168 though the air. Jeremy Langford led the team in receptions with 7 out of the backfield as Keke Coutee led the team in receiving with 77 yards.
Koo hit two more field goals, making him 16-18 on the year. Pettermann continues to lead the league in Kick Return average.
The Columbus Explorers head to Pittsburgh to play the Forge in Week 10.