By Josh Davis
The Wild Aces went into Week 4 with a healthy QB Jackson Erdmann and a lot to prove after dropping two in a row to the Beasts and the Zappers. Prepared for Week 4 against their biggest social media rival, the Glacier Boyz, the Aces were on a mission to not drop three.
The Glacier Boyz got off to a hot start. Four plays in and QB David Pindell hit WR Andrew Jamiel for the TD. With a good 1v1 they took the early 8-0 lead.
Jerdy and company were ready and we saw RB LaDarius Galloway a few times early. TE Jeremias Houston had a short gain, but in the end Erdmann ran it in for the score. MAN UP was good and we were knotted at 8.
The game went back-and-forth for the most part throughout the first half, until late, when Glacier Boyz QB Deondre Francois hit WR Kavontae Turpin for a 40-yard TD to go up 30-20. GB decided to try the FCF’s version of the onside kick–1 play from their own 10-yard line where they must get a first down or the ball goes to the other team at the deadball spot.
Francois converted the attempt, but on the very next play threw an interception.
This is where everything really got interesting. Wild Aces QB Ed Crouch entered the game, hit Houston for a 28-yard TD pass, and led the MAN UP conversion to cut into the Glacier Boyz lead, 30-28.
The Wild Aces decided with 0:24 left in the first half to try their own “onside” play. Successful, Galloway got them in the endzone as time ran out. The 1v1 was good, taking the Aces into the half up 36-30.
It took Jerdy two plays to increase the Wild Aces lead in the 2nd half, the 35-yard TD pass to TE Elkanah Dillon and the successful 1v1. But at 44-30, it wouldn’t be the end of it.
Behind Galloway and Erdmann and another successful 4th-10 onside play, the Wild Aces increased their lead to 50-30.
The Glacier Boyz inched back closer with their own trickery, but another Francois pass was intercepted by the Aces defense. Behind Crouch and Galloway, the Wild Aces would once again extend their lead, 56-46.
Nothing the Glacier Boyz could do got them the lead again and the Wild Aces ended their skid. Galloway was just too much for them on the ground and Erdmann was just too good with his arm. Crouch added the dual-threat and did what he’s done all year: been forgotten until he’s needed, and wins.
LaDarius Galloway eclipsed the 100-yard mark, a lot because the fans called 20 rushing plays to 13 passing, more proof that the ground game is just as important as passing.
The Wild Aces improve to 2-2.
All season the fans have been fighting to keep this team at the top. With great drafts, smart tags and 63 runs to 48 passes they’ve made sure to keep games balanced so defenses can’t make the right reads all the time.
Wild Aces: 56
Glacier Boyz:52 FINAL
Wild Aces Week 4 Stat Leaders:
Attempts Yards TD
Galloway 13 105 3
Crouch 4 29 0
Erdmann 2 11 1
Comp/Att Yards TD
Erdmann 5/5 102 2
ECrouch 5/6 55 1
Rec Yards TD
Leonard 3 13 0
Dillon 3 68 2
Houston 2 47 1
McNeil 2 25 1
Galloway 1 4 0