The Boston Dragons show they can compete against the best after beating the Atlanta Firebirds.
Atlanta gave Boston a scare early in the first quarter with a field goal. Boston has had plenty of games this year where they got down early and could not come back. However, this game was different, with Andre Ellington besting that score with a 2 yard touchdown at the end of the first quarter. After another field goal by Atlanta in the 2nd quarter, Boston showed that they were here to win with another touchdown, this time when Cooper Rush hit Coby Fleener on a 10 yard pass. The Dragons took a 14-9 halftime lead.
The 2nd half saw more action than most games, with 35 points scored. Atlanta struck twice, but with a 5 point lead, the Dragons took it home with knotting one more touchdown than their counterparts. The first score came from a Wayne Gallman 3 yard rush midway through the 3rd quarter. The next two came in the 4th quarter with another Rush touchdown, this time to the reliable Luke Tasker from 14 yards out. The clincher came with 4 minutes left in the game to go up 34-16, this score another one by Ellington from 2 yards out.
The streak continues with a win. Every odd game this season, the Dragons have struck gold with a victory.
Rush only threw for 149 yards, but he threw for an outstanding 81% going 17 for 21. Ellington led the team in rushing with 97, but thanks to Gallman and the Offensive line led by Jordan Mills, they helped lead the team to 177 yards on the ground. Fleener, who many thought disappeared out of the game plan, including the Firebirds led the team with 85 receiving yards and a Touchdown.
The defense woke up this week, as the rush defense accounted for only 95 rushing yards, and the pass defense was even better, swatting down 7 passes the the contest, 2 by Tyler Matekevich. This was truly a team effort as 19 defenders got into the stat books.
Nothing solid happened on the special teams front, but there was no need. Unfortunately, Jason Sanders missed his first extra point of the season to fall from perfection.
The Boston Dragons are at home in Week 8 as they battle a division opponent, the Washington Wave, who already beat the Dragons earlier this season.