There has been much chatter whether the No.15 Memphis Blast can handle their tough schedule. The Blast made another step in quieting those critics with a resounding victory over the fourth-ranked Indianapolis Tornados (1-1) in Memphis Saturday night.
Timothy Graham rushed for over 200 yards and two touchdowns, he also caught a touchdown as the Blast won 30-24. Robert Harris added a rushing touchdown and Marquis Spurgon returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown.
“This is the biggest win in Memphis Blast history,” Blast head coach Carlos Alexander said. “We overcame our character issues and with the mixture of players we have they are buying into our coaches, system and what we are trying to do.”
The Blast led 18-3 at halftime and were outscored 21-12 in the second half but Alexander lauded his teams defensive effort.
“The defense played aggressive with our line and linebackers and we contained the quarterback. We met them at the stick,” Alexander said.
The road doesn’t get any easier for the Blast as they travel next week to face the Nashville Storm (4-0). The Storm handed the Blast their only loss of the season 17-0 earlier in the regular season. After a bye week the Blast will host the GDFL defending champion and Midwest division for Oklahoma Thunder (3-0) in the first of two regular season meetings. The Blast also have remaining games against division opponent Kansas City Panthers and Huntsville Rockets. The Blast have defeated both already this season.
The Blast recorded their only winless season in franchise history and were the butt of many jokes last year while posting an 0-10 record. Last season is a distant memory now yet fuels the motivation of the current team. This Blast team sought all comers from the beginning of this season with an itch to show last year was merely a fluke.
“We want to play the best competition and quality talent, make the playoffs and be ready once the playoffs start,” Alexander said. “We want the world to know we can play structured organized football. Were putting the Blast on the map.”
Cynics will continue to say what they say, as cynics do, however the Blast have not backed down from anybody on their quest to be GDFL Champions through four regular season games.