The Columbus Explorers drop their 2019 season opener to the Carolina Generals 23-13.
The Explorers did not get much going on the offensive side of the ball, stalling out on all drives and only getting close enough for Younghoe Koo to kick 2 field goals from 38 and 19 yards respectively. The bright side was the defense, also allowing the Generals to only mange 2 field goals making the score 6-6 going into halftime.
The third quarter saw exchanging touchdowns with the Generals striking first. Josh Dobbs tied up the game with 2:57 left after a 12 yard strike to 2nd year Wide Receiver, Dan Arnold, making the score 13-13. Unfortunately, after a Generals touchdown run early in the 4th quarter, the Explorers could not do anything to catch up, getting shut out.
Although the Explorers start 0-1 there are some positive notes to take from the game, like a 140 yard receiving day for 6’6″ Arnold.
Dobbs threw for 254 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT and also led the team in rushing with 42 yards on 8 carries. Arnold led the team in receiving with 140 yards on 8 catches while adding the team’s lone TD.
On Special Teams, Koo went 100% in his FG and XP attempts.
The Columbus Explorers go on the road to take on the Virginia Admirals in Week 2.