Milwaukee’s entrance into the SFL is starting with a whimper, as a 56-20 blowout loss to the New York Marauders dropped the Warriors to 0-2.
The Warrior defense was shredded, including 28 points in the fourth quarter, and the passing game was sluggish.
“I was hoping we could build on some positives from last week, but we came out flat,” said Coach Dave Dickenson. “We weren’t good on offense, and we were awful on defense. We needed to just toss this one in the trash and go back to the drawing board.”
The big plays came early and often for New York, with Mike Reilly, who was cut loose by the organization in the offseason, hitting Equanimeous St. Brown for a 79-yard TD on the opening drive. Reilly needed just 13 completions to pile up 323 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Milwaukee got on the board early in the second quarter with a 1-yard pass from Matt Barkley to Nakita Whitlock.
Reilly struck twice more in the half with an 81-yard bomb to Stefon Diggs and a 13-yard pass to Chris Williams to lead 21-7 at halftime.
Elliott Fry hit a pair of third quarter field goals for the Warriors, but it wouldn’t be nearly enough. Janarion Grant returned a kickoff 92 yards for a TD, and the Marauders exploded for 28 points in the fourth quarter.
Andrew Harris, the offense’s bright spot, scored Milwaukee’s final points on a one-yard plunge. He finished with 131 yards on 24 carries.
Barkley struggled for the second straight week, completing 16 of 29 for 171 yards, 1 touchdown, and 3 interceptions.
Antonio Brown was limited to 4 catches for 59 yards.
Winston Rose led the defense with 7 tackles. Vince Biegel posted 5 tackles, a force fumble, and his fourth sack in two games.
Milwaukee again takes aim at win number one this week when they travel to play the 0-2 San Diego Diablos.