Two weeks removed from their home opener blowout victory over the Maryland Warriors, the Jersey Flight came out of their bye week to face the talented, high scoring Richmond Roughriders. The match up took place on Friday night, at the Flight's home, the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton New Jersey, and the Flight came out of the gates where they had left off with the warriors, with total domination. Richmond has players on their roster who've played for big time college programs such as Clemson, West Virginia, University of Miami, Penn State, University of Michigan, Virginia Tech,etc.., but the flight came out and punched them in the mouth right from the start. Flight head coach Jake Grande brought in Ed Rhunke to kick for them this week, and he did not disappoint. Rhunke hit an Uno the opening kickoff of the game to put the flight up 1 - 0. Rhunke kicked 2 Unos on Friday night for the Flight. Rhunke played college ball at Mount Union. The flight kept that early momentum going as they rolled into halftime with a commanding 43 - 19 lead. Things were looking bright as Jersey was up by 24 and they were getting the ball first in the second half, but things changed. Richmond's defense was able to come up with a big stop on the Flight's opening second-half drive, and The Roughrider's Offense was able to score on their next drive. You could sense that the momentum was swinging in Richmond's favor, and it was becoming a whole different game. Richmond's Defense was coming up with big stops and their offense started to roll. It seemed like in the second half, the Flight couldn't get out of their own way. The Roughriders tied the game up at 50 late, and a few seconds later, with one minute to go, Richmond scored on a pick-six to put them up 56 - 50 after a missed extra point. The Flight flight were down six, but they had a whole minute to drive the field. Jersey took the ball all the way down to the Richmond ten yard line, but Richmond's defense stood strong and came away with the six-point victory.
On Friday, April 27th, the Flight take on Rochester at home, where they will attempt to avenge their opening game one point loss. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 pm..
-- Reporting by Erik Houser
|1||Sat, 3/17||@Rochester Kings||39-40 L|
|4||Fri, 4/6||W. Maryland Warriors||12-71 W|
|6||Fri, 4/20||Richmond Roughriders||56-50 L|
|7||Fri, 4/27||Rochester Kings|
|8||Fri, 5/4||Upstate Dragons|
|9||Sat, 5/12||@Rochester Kings|
|10||Fri, 5/18||New England Cavalry|
|11||Sat, 5/26||@Richmond Roughriders|
|13||Sat, 6/9||New England Cavalry|