Battling in a brutal division, the Atlanta Firebirds and Dallas Six-Shooters tangled with big implications on the line for a week four matchup. The boys from the South responded with a flawless effort, dominating Dallas 31-0 to stay in the thick of the chase at 2-2.
“Man, we really gave it to the S*&%-Pooters. Perfect effort wall-to-wall,” said Atlanta coach Rob Ryan. “I’m absolutely thrilled with the way our defense flew around out there today. I’m at full mast right now.”
Offense was scarce early. The first quarter’s only points came on a 26-yard Wil Lutz field goal. Nick Arbuckle shook off an interception and hit Preston Williams on a 19-yard touchdown midway through quarter two. Rodney Anderson pushed the lead to 17-0 at the half with a 5-yard run.
Kyran Moore, a first round pick in 2018, continued his scorching-hot season with a return touchdown in his second-straight game. Dallas was forced to punt 11 times, and Moore returned six of them for 115 yards, including an 84-yard touchdown to open the second half and extend the lead to 24-0. He also added 2 catches for 64 yards.
The Firebirds iced game with a 13-play, 75-yard drive chewing up 8:15 heading into the fourth quarter. The possession culminated in a 2-yard Jeremy Langford touchdown and the final blow in the 31-0 victory.
Arbuckle had another solid game, completing 18 of 24 for 223 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. Williams hauled in 5 catches for 60 yards and a score. Ricky Seals-Jones added 5 for 45.
Rodney Anderson was steady on the ground, rumbling for 99 yards and a score on 25 carries.
The defense was nothing short of magnificent, limiting Dallas to just 118 total yards and a lopsided 38:38 to 21:22 time of possession advantage.
Aldon Smith led the way with 6 tackles and a sack. Corey Littleton posted 4 tackles and 2 sacks, and Ryan Carrethers and Ethan Westbrooks each added a QB takedown. Eric Berry snared his first SFL interception.
The Firebirds look to build on the momentum this week as they host the 0-4 Mississippi Gators.