The Georgia Crush were chomping at the bit to get back on the field after a series of forfeits and cancellations. Once the chance came to snap their chin straps against the Georgia Firebirds the rust showed in their first game in 28 days.
Trey Register opened the scoring with a long touchdown run around the Crush defense as the Firebirds went up 6-0.
Marcus Brooks and Lamontray Williams hooked up on a touchdown pass to give the Crush a brief 7-6 lead in the first quarter. Brooks was held under 100 yards passing for the first time this season and followed up his touchdown pass with back-to-back pick sixes as the Firebirds led 20-7 midway through the second quarter.
The Crush closed the half on a positive note going 99 yards for a touchdown when Brooks and Williams hooked up for the second time pulling the Crush within six, 20-14 at the half.
In the second half the Crush special teams got in on the scoring act. Octavious Hall recovered a blocked punt in the end zone to give the Crush a 21-20 lead.
Later in the fourth quarter Eric Williams scored on a rushing touchdown giving the Crush a 28-20 lead. Williams lead an effective Crush rushing attack with 102 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The Crush finished with 223 rushing yards.
Register and the Firebirds would answer back when Register connected with Issac Alford for a touchdown. The potential tying two-point conversation failed and the Crush led 28-26.
The Firebirds had one last shot late in the game and were moving until Juantreze Williams intercepted Register to seal the victory with less than a minute remaining.
The Crush improved to 6-2 while the Firebirds lost their third straight game falling to 2-6. The two teams will meet in the regular season finale on August 9th.