EFL ROUND 1 2018: Storm vs. Surge, Bullets vs. Alphas, Dragons vs. Sixers, Knights vs. Blaze

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Saturday, 10th February, 4:20pm, ABC

LIVE! From the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida!

Attendance: 59,981

Viewership: 9.3 million viewers

Notable Names in Attendance: N/A

Julianna DeMarco: Saturday afternoon out in Orlando as the Surge host the Chicago Storm. A big crowd in attendance for Florida’s first ever home game with nearly 60,000 tickets sold! Social ambassador Andrea Valentine unfortunately could not make today’s game due to prior commitments. A poor start for the Surge in the first half as they were unable to get a single score on the board, with very sloppy play on both ends of the field. The Chicago Storm however took advantage of this, managing to get a touchdown halfway through the first quarter with a PAT afterwards to take the 7-0 lead to end the first quarter, and the score remained the same at the end of the first half as well!

The defence seemed to crack for the Storm in the third quarter, however. Florida managed to finally get a touchdown after 45 minutes of game time, but missed the point after touchdown with 4:31 left on the clock. The score was 7-6 at the end of the third quarter, with the Storm still in the lead.

The fourth quarter began with a back and forth affair from both teams up until a costly turnover by the Surge, and a 70 yard touchdown by Chicago running back Gilbert Reese. With the conversion after the touchdown, Chicago Storm took the 14-6 lead and managed to hold on in the dying minutes to win their first game of the season! Chiraq will be celebrating hard tonight!

Saturday, 10th February, 6:15pm, Fox

LIVE! From MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey!

Attendance: 78,449

Viewership: 7.3 million viewers

Notable Names in Attendance:

Nasir Escobar
Tarah Nova

Julianna DeMarco: The Saturday games keep on rolling as the New Jersey Alphas host the Detroit Bullets from MetLife Stadium. EAW couple Nasir Escobar and Tarah Nova, ambassadors for their respective teams, were in attendance for this twilight game of football!

From the get-go, it was ALL the New Jersey Alphas! You could not STOP this team from scoring in the first half. Projected to be one of the best offensive teams coming into the inaugural EFL season, the New Jersey Alphas might have actually exceeded those expectations and then some! On the other end, Detroit were projected to be one of the best defensive squads in the league, but the Alphas blew right through them!

At the end of the half, the Alphas were 17-0 with no score on the board for the Detroit Bullets through the first three quarters! With a field goal kicked by the Alphas in the 3rd being their only score that quarter, a touchdown and a PAT at the beginning of the fourth quarter would have them with a 27-0 lead.

Here you can see the hopes and dreams of the entire city of Detroit withering away as Alphas wide receiver Pat Daniels runs a 60 yard kick return touchdown into the end zone. One field goal with 2:41 left on the clock for Detroit would get them on the scoreboard with 3 points, but ultimately would also have them receive their first loss of the season. Final score, 30-3.

Saturday, 10th February, 6:30pm, ESPN

LIVE! From BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario, Canada!

Attendance: 38,767

Viewership: 13.2 million viewers

Notable Names in Attendance:

Tig Kelly

Julianna DeMarco: Saturday night saw the first-ever meeting between the Dragons and the Sixers, with the Dragons taking a road trip up north to meet on the Sixers’ home turf of BMO Field. Long before kickoff even happened, this game was projected to be an interesting one, for lack of a better way of putting it. The visiting Dragons were predicted to be severely lacking in terms of offense, with a defense that was pegged to be shaky at best. The hometown team is already being lauded by some insiders as possible playoff contenders and perhaps even our inaugural champions, with a fearsome offensive game and a defense that’s nothing to mess with. The good news for the Dragons was that they kicked off the first quarter with possession. The bad news for them was, it seemed like the Sixers defense was living up to expectations, forcing that inaugural fourth down for Ohio pretty quickly. That wouldn’t have been so bad if they hadn’t been pushed out of field goal range, so there was little that their place kicker, number 37 Walter Cohen, could’ve hoped to do in that situation. The Dragons managed to score the first touchdown of the quarter however with 3:41 left, but the Sixers came back with a purpose as they managed to score two touchdowns in the next two minutes, also converting the two points after each touchdown too. In the second quarter, the offensive forces on both ends continued to shine with both teams scoring a touchdown each, with the score at the end of the half at 21-14, Sixers up.

Dragons’ offence seemed to fall apart in the third as they were unable to get any score on the board the entire quarter, but the Sixers managed to take advantage of this to score another touchdown halfway through the third. With the conversion of the PAT, the Sixers took a 28-14 lead. With the game starting to get out of reach for the Dragons as the fourth quarter started, a Sixers turnover costed them a touchdown and the Dragons started to make strides! A touchdown for Ohio brought the deficit down to just 7 points. Time started to become the enemy for the Dragons, and soon, the end of their hopes of winning as the Sixers managed to score one last touchdown and eventually won the game 36-21. Drake and Tig Kelly will be running through the 6 with their woes tonight!

Saturday, 10th February, 7:45pm, ABC

LIVE! From NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas!

Attendance: 67,437

Viewership: 10.4 million viewers

Notable Names in Attendance:

Julianna DeMarco: The final game of EFL’s Saturday night presentation for the first round of the 2018 season saw the Houston Blaze hosting the New Orleans Knights out in Houston. Over 67,000 came out to attend the first home game for the Blaze, including their social ambassador from over on Empire Revy, and I’m sure the fans weren’t disappointed! The first half saw a close game by both teams as strong offence and even stronger defence were on display, with the score at the end of the second quarter being 14-10 to the way of Houston! During the third quarter, New Orleans head coach Martin Bouchard managed to prevent Blaze getting on the scoreboard at all, and the Knights managed to take the lead 16-14! A missed PAT prevented a three point leading heading into the final quarter! Something seemed to turn around for Houston in the final 15 minutes of action as they managed to stop New Orleans from making any sort of offensive strides! With a huge crowd behind the Blaze, Houston managed to score two touchdowns, with one coming with only 54 seconds left in the game. A missed PAT after the second touchdown didn’t seem to matter for the squad as they managed to walk away with this victory 27-16!

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