KINGS UNABLE TO CATCH FIREBIRDS
Tifton, GA-The Crescent City Kings were denied triumphal entry into the Gridiron Development Football League, falling to the Georgia Firebirds 6-0 on a warm Saturday night in Georgia. The Firebirds, a GDFL veteran squad ranked #13th in the league, showed more poise than the young Kings. Both teams showed rust coming out of the gate, the Kings alone were penalized 9 for 85 yards and both teams combined for 10 turnovers.
The Firebirds scored the only points of the game with a 57 yard from reserve QB Issac Alford in the 2nd quarter. The play was the longest and most successful play of the game for the Firebirds, who were limited offensively by the Kings stingy defense. The Kings pressured the Firebirds quarterbacks all night, forcing frequent rollouts and overthrown passes. The Firebirds did find some success targeting Brad Shoniker on two 3rd and long conversions. Overall the Kings defense had a successful showing with the exception of the QB scamper. The defense led by captain inside linebacker Luke Corass posted two sacks, five tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, four passes defensed and two interceptions. Corass was impressive along with fellow inside linebacker Taylor Jones, the two were responsible for 10 tackles, two interceptions and two tipped passes. The secondary of the Kings allowed minimal separation for Firebirds recievers, holding them to no completions over 12 yards and swatting away three potential receptions.
The Kings offense did not match the intensity of their defense nor the challenge of the Firebirds. Quarterback Jervious Epherson struggled to find a rhythm completing only 6 of 16 passes for a minuscule 67 yards. His receivers did little to assist him with several dropped passes. The offense showed flashes but was unable to sustain drives deep into Firebirds territory. The Kings offensive line anchored by the guards Josh Keelen and Devin Francois handled the Firebirds pressure defense well, keeping Epherson clean for most of the game. Running back Kenneth Pittman found daylight on a few occasions racking up 74 yards on 10 carries.
Head coach Frederick Washington remained positive, “This was our first complete game tonight and it showed. We played a veteran team tonight and we made some rookie mistakes. They capitalized on our mistakes and we didn’t return the favor.”
The Kings return to action in two weeks at home against the Dallas Anarchy on May 31, 2014.