Guardians falter in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO - It is the home opener for the St. Louis Battlehawks. Joe Millitzer, from FOX2Now, reported that Mayor Lyda Krewson declared every Sunday is "Battlehawk Day." Over 29,000 people were in attendance making a huge statement that this is a football city. The NFL Rams played their last game on December 17, 2015 and moved to Los Angeles.
The Battlehawks did not disappoint as they beat the New York Guardians 29-9. Battlehawk's Powell made history as the first Kickoff Returner to run back a total 84 yards from a Mumphery lateral for a touchdown in the second quarter. The Kicker, Russolino set a record as he kicked a 58-yard Field Goal in the third quarter to give the Battlehawks a 26-3 lead. The running game was a success as Jones and Michael combined rushed 28 times for 139 yards. Both had one rushing touchdown.
On the other side, the Guardians were frustrated and displayed lack of discipline on the field. Center Ian Silberman became a major liability as he was warned several times that he would be kicked out of the game for continuous personal foul penalties. Head Coach GilBride finally made a decision to bench him in the middle of the third quarter. McGloin was taken out of the game for injury which left Williams to take over as Quarterback. But it was Luis Perez that gave the Guardians their first touchdown. Perez threw an 8-yard pass to Duke but failed to convert a 3-pointer. At the end, Gilbride made it known that there will be major changes in the roster and that will start with the Quarterback position.