The Columbus Explorers Burn out the Stars in yet another late season hot streak.
The Explorers poured it on during the first half, going up 10-0 in the 1st quarter thanks to a Jeremy Langford run of 13 yards and a 39 yard field goal by Younghoe Koo. After the Stars put 7 on the board, Josh Dobbs struck on a 28 yard strike to former Ohio State star, Noah Brown to go back up by 10 points. The 2nd quarter was all Columbus, as Koo knocked in two from 44 and 20 yards respectively.
The 2nd half got a little bit scary for the Columbus fans, as the Explorers and the Stars exchanged blows one for one. Unfortunately the Stars scored 3 touchdowns, and the Explorers only kicked two field goals, one from 33 and the other from 20 yards. Luckily with the halftime lead, and the stout defense in the 4th quarter, we got the victory by two points, 29-27.
The Explorers now have a chance to go 8-8 are are not quite yet out of the playoff race.
Dobbs threw for 187 yards and a Touchdown. He is now 83 yards short of his passing total as a rookie last season. Langford led the team in rushing with 57 yards, with a team total of 123 thanks to the an Offensive Line rookie Left Tackle, Jamarco Jones. Running Back, Kenyon Drake, was the receiving leader with 59 yards.
Marcus Cooper led the defense with 8th tackles, putting him 6th in the league with 80, his career high. Quinton Dial and Eli Ankou both racked up sacks in the contest, both having career high seasons. Sam Hubbard had another flash of greatness in a 7 tackle, 1 interception, and 1 deflection showing.
Koo went a perfect 5-5 on the day while rookie Daniel Petermann had yet another amazing day, 4 kick returns for an average of 71.5 yards. He returned the kicks for 66, 74, 73, and 73 yards.
The Columbus Explorers take on their biggest rival at home in Week 14, the Michigan Stags.