MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - As fans who attended the Memphis Express inaugural season home opener continue to thaw out, the Express are trying to thaw out their still-frozen passing offense.
The Express fell to 0-2 after losing at the Liberty Bowl to the Arizona Hotshots. But unlike their first game, at least they scored a couple of touchdowns and took the contest into the final minute before the outcome was decided, 20-18.
Quarterback Christian Hackenberg continued to struggle throwing the ball, completing 14 passes for just 102 yards, but he showed escapability to get out of the pocket, and the ability to take a lick, scrambling for 39 yards and a touchdown.
Through 2 weeks, Hackenberg is a combined 24-for-48 for 189 yards, no touchdowns and a pick.
However, the Express running game appears to be solid in the hands, feet, and legs of Zach Stacy. The Former Vanderbilt Star with an NFL pedigree is the first back in the AAF to rush for 100 yards in a game with 101 and a TD against the Hotshots.
Stacy is tied for AAF rushing lead after two games.
“It’s always good from that milestone standpoint,” Stacy said. “But we came up short tonight. So, the only stat I worry about is wins and losses. So unfortunately we weren’t able to finish it out tonight, so, it’s gut check time for us.”
It doesn’t get any easier for the Express. Their next game is on the Road at Orlando on Saturday, 7 p.m. on NFL Network. The Apollos are 2-0.