Blast Scores


BLASTWHITEMemphis, Tenn.-On the hottest day of the summer temperatures were soaring with the humidity reaching 104 degrees. Cam Gotti former Quarterback of Concordia College played well in his third career start as the Memphis Blast earned a huge divisional win 32-14 victory over the Louisiana Bayou Vipers on Saturday night in Memphis, Tenn. He finished with 317 yards on 22-of-31 passing.

Xavier Jones, meanwhile, finished with a career-high 180 yards on six catches to lead all receivers in the game, to help secure a second straight victory against the Vipers this season.

The Blast had the Vipers quarterback running around early in the game, bringing him down for a pair of first-quarter sacks both the Blast and Vipers defenses where stout starting the game off with big hits. Then on 2nd down the Vipers go deep with a big play down the field for a 45-yard pass to their slot receiver, who took a vicious hit but held onto the ball. On the very next play, the Vipers ran read option and scored the game’s first scoring touchdown. The Vipers attempted the 2 point conversion which was successful, Memphis Blast 0 Bayou Vipers 8 1st quarter 10:19.

The Blast special teams came up big with a 50-yard kickoff return following the Vipers touchdown. This set them up in great field position and the Blast quickly answered going deep to their star receiver Xavier Jones for a 36 yard reception over the top of the Vipers secondary which moved the Blast, deep into scoring territory, Then on second down, Gotti called his own number and broke outside and ran 14 yards just crossing the pylon to score the Blast first touchdown. Kicker Even Rodgers extra point is blocked. Bayou Vipers 8 Memphis Blast 6

The Vipers couldn’t get anything going offensively against the Blast, stout defense. On the next series, the blast defense set the tone with a pick 6 for 83 yards by safety William Johnson. And the extra point is blocked again. Blast 12 Vipers 8. As the game continued, it didn’t get any easier for the Vipers  the blast defense turned up like never before capitalizing on another turnover, pick 6 by James Newsome for a touchdown. Score: Blast 18 to Vipers 8.

The Blast defense never looked back causing fumble after  fumble and scoring off of both turnovers with big plays while the Blast defense went into overdrive, the offense exploded with receivers Robert Fields scoring on a 39-yard touchdown reception and Rodrick Whitehead with a 56-yard touchdown reception, 2 point conversion scored by Michael Stackens. Score Blast 32 to Vipers 8!!!

The Bayou Vipers wouldn’t go away quietly the vipers went deep to RB Iran ‘Ralo’ Bickham in the slot for a 63-yard touchdown reception two-point conversion failed to bring the score to 32 to 14. The Blast offense ran the clock out to seal the game which sets up a monster rematch in New Orleans, Louisiana with the Crescent City Kings for the 2015 Mid-South Divisional title on July 25th.

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