AFL Scoreboard - Week 2
Avengers, Crumbie beat Predators in overtime
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Los Angeles Avengers and Orlando Predators game was hyped as a matchup of offensive powerhouses. And it was.
But only one score will be remembered -- Sonny Crumbie's 9-yard touchdown pass to Rob Turner.
That pass gave the Avengers (1-1) a 44-37 overtime win on Monday, as quarterback Shane Stafford misfired on four straight passes on the Predators' (1-1) ensuing possession.
"This was one of the most bizzare games I have been associated with," Predators coach Jay Gruden said. "It just seemed like we were out of sync all game. Our offense really struggled for the first three quarters."
Cumbie finished 32-of-48 for 340 yards and five touchdowns. Lenzie Jackson led L.A.'s receiving corps with 11 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown, while Kevin Ingram added 10 receptions for 113 yards and two scores.
Meanwhile, Stafford was 22-of-46 for 274 yards and three touchdowns for Orlando. Offensive specialist DeAndrew Rubin had 11 catches for 125 yards and two scores.
Stafford was sloppy early -- with an interception and a fumble in the first half -- and the Avengers capitalized to take a 17-0 lead at halftime.
But Orlando had its chances in the second half.
Down 23-17 in the third, the Predators got the ball back on a Marlon Moye-Moore fumble recovery. But Orlando chalked it up to nothing more than a missed opportunity with dropped passes and penalties.
The Predators later cut the lead to 37-30 with a Kevin Nagle touchdown run. A missed point followed by a defensive stop allowed Orlando to tie the game on a 23-yard touchdown pass to Javarus Dudley.
The rest is history.
Orlando not only lost the game, it lost a couple of key players, as well. Starting offensive guard Jim Sodano left with a knee injury. According to the team's Web site, Sodano tore his patella tendon and is out for the rest of the season. Wide receiver Jimmy Fryzel left with a pulled hamstring.
But for Gruden, that's no excuse.
"It wasn't really an excuse, because we didn't execute offensively," Gruden said. "The bottom line is we dropped three potential touchdown pass and put ourselves in second and long and third and long all night. L.A. is too good a team to do that and expect to win."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.