By Eric D. Williams
FOX sports writer
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – While some USFL teams are looking for a constant game creator instead of a quarterback, New Jersey Generals Head coach Mike Riley continues to use two quarterbacks with great success.
De’Andre Johnson started the year for the first time after taking the Generals to a comeback last week, but Luis Perez also played on Saturday, and the two combined to complete 20 of 24 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown is a methodical method. , 21-13 victory over the Pittsburgh Maulers. The Generals never got ahead of the contest.
In his first outing this season, Johnson finished with 9 of 10 passes for 98 yards and a score, while Perez came off the bench to complete 11 of 14 passes for 102 yards.
“I’ve never done that,” Riley said of his two-quarterback system. “I’ve always played a quarterback all the way, 40 years of that or whatever. So I’m very proud of how these two guys have handled it. They both prepare very well and work really hard in their craft. “I enjoy working with them, and my goal is for both of them to be ready to play and contribute.”
De’Andre Johnson tricks Maulers with a 62-yard TD
The New Jersey Generals first beat the Pittsburgh Maulers, 7-0, thanks to a 62-yard touchdown run by De’Andre Johnson.
Johnson said he is not worried about praise at the end of the day, only that his team will find a way to win.
“We’re confident it will work,” Johnson said. “And obviously so far, it’s worked. We just have to keep building. It’s nothing personal or trying to achieve certain things. Our main goal is to get the ‘W’ and get to the championship.”
The Generals improved to 3-1 with their third straight win, while the Maulers remain without a win with a 0-4.
“Football and game day are all about the players,” Pittsburgh head coach Kirby Wilson said. “It’s always been, always will be. And we’ll just have to play a lot until the players make their plays. We haven’t had enough today.”
New Jersey totaled 113 yards on the ground last week, but struggled to constantly move the ball against Pittsburgh’s strong defense.
Thus, instead, the general trusted Johnson and Perez. His main reception goal was Alonzo Moore, who finished with three receptions for 104 yards.
Alonzo Moore could not stop himself from winning the Generals
Alonzo Moore came back 104 yards to help the New Jersey Generals get a landslide victory over the Pittsburgh Maulers.
Johnson found Moore wide open on a 62-yard corner kick for the game’s first score and Johnson’s first touchdown pass this season. In the next Generals drive, Johnson fired a shot to the right thigh in a quarterback run and had to leave the game for a later evaluation. He returned on his next trip to New Jersey.
The Generals led by 11 points, but three missed field goals from Nick Rose kept the game close, and the Maulers had a chance to tie the game in their final game with 2:30 of the final. But the Pittsburgh drive stopped at New Jersey’s 37-yard line.
“We left a lot of points,” Riley said. “We went through some premature events: a blow to the head in the red zone and a retention penalty when we were inside our 10-yard line. We just left a lot of points on the field, but I thought our quarterbacks were balancing. it’s going pretty well. ”
For Pittsburgh, Kyle Lauletta had his first outing this season, finishing 15 of 32 for 169 yards, with no touchdowns or interceptions.
Very Walker time
With Bailey Gaither (10 catches for 159 yards, one TD per season) out for the second week in a row due to illness, Walker filled the void as the Maulers ’main pass receiver.
Walker was the game’s top scorer 17 times, finishing with nine receptions for 110 yards, including an agile catch and one hand on his team’s last game ball.
Tre Walker of Pittsburgh goes off against Generals
Pittsburgh’s Tre Walker has a great reception day with nine receptions for 110 yards.
Wilson said his team needs more offensive players like Walker to take a step and make plays.
“He’s a very confident competitor,” Wilson said of Walker. “He thinks he can win in everything, and it doesn’t matter who keeps him. He just feels like he’s the one making the plays.”
New Jersey linebacker Chris Orr said his team’s defense was more aware of where Walker was on the field as the game progressed.
“We let him grab a little too much today,” Orr said. “Hopefully, he enjoyed it, but he enjoyed his loss a little more.”
Riley and Wilson first met on the field as head coaches.
Riley coached Wilson when he coached the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Wilson was a defensive end for the Canadian Football League team.
The two hugged and shared a couple of private moments chatting before the match.
“I’m honored to have trained him,” Riley said. “He’s a great person. It’s been a lot of fun to be in the field with him today.”
Pittsburgh’s tight end, Hunter Thedford, was punched as he climbed high to catch a sewing ball from Lauletta in the opening throw of the game. Thedford was injured when the game became more physical, and he had to leave the field. Thedford went into the injury shop for an additional assessment, but returned to the game.
New Jersey offensive line player Mike Brown suffered a right leg injury in the first quarter and limped out of the field.
Eric D. Williams has reported on the NFL for more than a decade, covering the Los Angeles Rams for Sports Illustrated, the Los Angeles Chargers for ESPN, and the Seattle Seahawks for the Tacoma News Tribune. Follow him on Twitter @eric_d_williams.
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