Birmingham Iron bends under pressure

Photo by Amy Lawhon/Staff Photographer

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Quinton Patton, wide receiver (11), completed a two-point pass conversion.



Myles Womack
CityLifestyle Editor
mjw3@uab.edu




Steve Spurrier, head ball coach for the Orlando Apollos, made a triumphant return back to Legion Field on Saturday afternoon as his Orlando Apollos defeated the Birmingham Iron 31 to 14. Most notable for his offensive play calling, Spurrier lead his team to its fifth consecutive win of the season. 

“We probably played the best game of the year offensively,” Spurrier said. “Left a few points out there on some drives. That irritates me a bit but I guess that’s going to happen sometimes.”

Garrett Gilbert, starting quarterback for the Apollos, completed 23 of his 35 passing attempts and threw for 286 yards. Orlando’s offense accumulated 468 total yards on offense. 

“Well it starts up front,” Gilbert said. “The offensive line did a heck of a job all night against a front that’s been really good all season.”

Nicknamed at the beginning of the season “iron curtain,” Birmingham’s defense has now given up a total of 724 yards in its last two losses. 

The Iron struggled once again this week on offense and Luis Perez, starting quarterback, was benched after he threw an interception that was returned for a 40-yard touchdown by Keith Reaser, Apollos' cornerback.

Tim Lewis, Head Coach of the Birmingham Iron, said that the Iron “messed up” against a “good” football team. 

“Sometimes you would like to think that you’re doing the right thing that you’re prepared and ready to go until you run into a buzzsaw like that,” Lewis said.




Photo by Myles Womack/CityLifestyle Editor
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Steve Spurrier, head ball coach for the Orlando Apollos, at press conference, Saturday, March 9.

Trent Richardson scored a rushing touchdown just before the second half ended along with Keith Price’s two-point conversion pass completed to Quinton Patton, wide receiver.

Price made a valiant effort to keep the Iron within scoring position through the third quarter before the Apollos eventually pulled away in the end. 

“I was just ready for the opportunity,” Price said. “Obviously what I did wasn’t good enough to get a win but I’ll be better.”

Price threw one touchdown, raked up 234 yards and completed 18 of his 29 passing attempts.

Birmingham fans showed up in support before the rain showers swept in as attendance doubled from last week’s game, which was under the threat of inclement weather, to 13,310. 

The Birmingham Iron will play its next two games on the road as they travel to San Diego in a week six matchup against the Fleet and then a rematch set in Memphis versus its eastern conference rival the Express.


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