By: Stacey Mickles
The Birmingham Iron, literally had to pull the iron out of the fire as they had a come from behind victory over the Salt Lake City Stallions, 12-9.
The Iron’s defense once again came up big when the team needed them the most. At one point, the Stallions seem to have a huge 9-0 lead, which at the time seemed like it was going to be hard to overcome.
But the defense would get things rolling with a turnover, scoop and score that would cut the lead to 9-6.
Later in the fourth quarter, running back Trent Richardson would score the game-winning touchdown for the Iron.
The Stallions would get the ball back and mount a drive at the end of regulation, but missed a game tying field goal that would have sent the game to overtime.
Iron head coach Tim Lewis talked about how impressed he was with his defense.
“I thought defensively, we did a nice job,” Iron coach Tim Lewis said. “Our defensive coordinator wasn’t here today, so I had the honor of calling a game for the first time in a long time and we did a nice job. The guys played hard, fast and tough. They played smart and did what we asked them to do. Did a nice job finishing the game.”
Although Birmingham struggled in the first half on offense, Lewis knew this would be a grind it out type game which would play directly in his team’s hands.
Richardson, who was suffering with a hamstring injury, was held to 41 yards rushing, but was pleased with how the team was able to hold on for the victory.
“We got back up and fought,” Richardson said. “And that’s what we did today. For me, fighting through all four quarters was a big step in the right direction.”
The defense once again held their opponent to 252 yards. two turnovers and one touchdown.
“They fly to the ball,” Lewis said of his defense. “They do a fantastic job, we ask them to sprint to the ball everyday in practice, and they do it. So when the ball gets free or comes open, they’re there to make the play.”
The Iron will be on the road for the first time this season as they head to Atlanta next Sunday Feb. 24, at 3 p.m. CT, to play against the Atlanta Legends at Georgia State Stadium.
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