Express win first game, defeat Fleet by 3

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Memphis Express earned their first win of the season. The Express defeated the San Diego Fleet, 26-23, on Saturday afternoon at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Express improved to 1-3 on the season. The win moves Memphis into third in the Eastern Conference.

They snapped their tie with the Atlanta Legends, who will also be looking for their first win this weekend. The Legends bring their 0-3 record into a game on Sunday night against the Arizona Hotshots.

Memphis Express kicker Austin MacGinnis attempting a field goal against the San Diego Fleet at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Austin MacGinnis attempting a field goal against the San Diego Fleet at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (Photo by Joe Murphy/AAF/Getty Images)


The Fleet fell to 2-2. They are now in second place in the Western Conference with the loss.

The Hotshots — who have a 2-1 record — are presently the No. 1 team in the Western Conference for the time being.

Express quarterback Zack Mettenberger went 18 of 25 for 174 yards. He also had a touchdown.

Zac Stacy had 18 carries for 39 yards. Mettenberger had five carries for zero yards and a touchdown.

Reece Horn had four receptions for 63 yards. Alton “Pig” Howard had three receptions for 39 yards. Dontez Byrd had two receptions for 20 yards. Terrence Magee had two receptions for two yards and a touchdown.

Fleet quarterback Philip Nelson went 9 of 12 for 110 yards. He also had a touchdown.

Backup quarterback Alex Ross also went 8 of 18 for 80 yards. He also had a touchdown and an interception.

Terrell Wilson had 10 carries for 43 yards. Alex Ross had six carries for 33 yards. Nelson had four carries for 27 yards.

Dontez Ford had three receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown. Marcus Baugh had four receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown. Gavin Escobar had four receptions for 26 yards.

Memphis scored 11 points in the second half. Mettenberger hit Magee for a six-yard touchdown reception. Mettenberger converted a two-point conversion with a rushing attempt.

Austin MacGinnis made a 45-yard field goal.

San Diego scored three points in the second half. Donny Hageman had a 46-yard field goal.

The Fleet led 20-15 at halftime. Ross hit Baugh for a 30-yard touchdown reception. Nelson hit Ford for a six-yard touchdown reception. Watson converted the two-point conversion on a rushing attempt.

Ron Brooks scored on a 57-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Express’ Mettenberger scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown. MacGinnis made three field goals.



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