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Stallions blowout the Roughnecks

The Birmingham Stallions continued their undefeated run through the Ultimate Football League on Saturday with a convincing blowout victory over the Houston Roughnecks in Houston 32 to 9.

The Stallions may have the two best quarterbacks in the league with Matt Corral and Adrian Martinez. This week Martinez got the nod and was named the player of the game.

Skip Holtz is the Coach of the Birmingham Stallions.

"We have two quarterbacks who are good enough to win with," said Holtz. "They go out and compete on Tuesday and Wednesday and I make the decision on Thursday who I will go with." "I have no idea who I will go with next week."

The former Nebraska Cornhusker threw for 155 yards and rushed for another 138.

The Stallions went the length of the field 10 plays for 72 yards and scored a touchdown on its first possession while eating up over six minutes of the first quarter clock. The Stallions went 7 plays for 67 yards and a second touchdown on their third possession to go up 12 to 0. The Stallions followed that with touchdowns on their fourth and fifth possessions to go up 26 to 3 effectively locking up the win at that point.

The defense limited Houston to just 3 points in the first half and just 9 in the entire day. Mark Gilbert recorded 11 tackles. The Stallions pass rush has terrorized the league for the first half of the season to lead the entire league with 18.

The Stallions, under Holtz's leadership, won the championship in both seasons of the USFL. In last December the USFL and XFL merged into one 8 team league called the Ultimate Football League (UFL).

Holtz praised his team's effort.

"Really proud of what they did – really proud of the attitude that they showed up with and the way they played," said Holtz. "O thought defensively we helped them get off the field. We gave up the one drive before the half. But other than that, our defense played an excellent game. We need to eliminate some of the penalties."

"Offensively, it was a very blue-collar businesslike approach," Holtz said. "With what they did, they gave up the quarterback run with all the man coverage they were running. Adrian did a good job of taking advantage of those opportunities. We didn't throw it as well as we would like to tonight; but I give Houston an awful lot of credit for what they did. Their 1 and 3. They have lost a couple of games by a single score. They are a dangerous team."

The 5 and 0 Stallions travel to Memphis next week to play the Showboats at Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium. This is a USFL Conference game.

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