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The Apollos once again sit atop the Power Rankings after a come from behind win against the Express. The Hotshots climbed up the rankings with an impressive win on the road against the Commanders.

AAF Week 8 Power Rankings:

  1. Orlando Apollos 7-1
  2. Arizona Hotshots 5-3
  3. San Antonio Commanders 5-3
  4. Birmingham Iron 5-3
  5. Salt Lake Stallions 3-5
  6. San Diego Fleet 3-5
  7. Memphis Express 2-6
  8. Atlanta Legends 2-6

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by @TheATrainShow

What was once the “Road to Vegas,” has now become the “Road to Dallas.” Over the past few days, the Alliance announced that their championship game would be played in Dallas, Texas (actually Frisco) at the Ford Center at the Star aka the Dallas Cowboys practice facility. Those that have been covering and following the league found the move…interesting, maybe a little peculiar. It leans more to the theory that the NFL is working more with the Alliance. In addition to the pictures floating around the internet that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wore an Alliance hat to the NFL Combine. So he’s clearly showing support for the league. That’s a plus. This move, IMO, is the best move considering the attendance figures for the league have been relatively low, yet continue to see some progress, especially in San Antonio, who saw a league record for attendance back in Week 7.

As of now, the Eastern Conference looks pretty set as the Orlando Apollos locked up the first playoff berth after a 36-6 win against the Atlanta Legends. For the Apollos, it was a true bounce-back win after being defeated by the Arizona Hotshots at home in Week 6. The Birmingham Iron currently hold the #2 spot in the East even after a 31-25 loss to the Memphis Express. Both the Legends and Express have identical records at 2-5 which means they are still in it, but a longshot for that #2 spot. Both teams continue to have issues at the QB position, especially the Express.

Johnny Manziel, Memphis Express QB

They find themselves with a QB they cannot trust in Christian Hackenberg, a QB currently injured in Zach Mettenberger, and a QB that’s just trying to get some clock in, which compelled them to acquire the rights to Johnny Manziel, who formerly was released (and banned) from the CFL. For Silvers, he led his team to the emotional win against the Iron, while Manziel got an opportunity to get in some work. Manziel should continue to see limited action for the rest of the season while Silvers remains the starter.

Over in the Western Conference, the San Antonio Commanders lead the pack at 5-2 after narrowly defeating the Salt Lake Stallions, 19-15, after the Stallions piled up 6 sacks. The Hotshots defeated the San Diego Fleet 32-15, and have the #2 spot after having won 2 straight, while prior had dropped 3 straight. The Fleet and Stallions are still in the hunt as well for at least the #2 spot at 3-4 and 2-5 respectively.

For three teams in the East and all four teams in the West, there are still great chances for any one of the teams to make the inaugural playoffs. Great action still happening in the Alliance, and if you’re not watching, you’re truly missing out.

The league has gained some major buzz through the Manziel signing and even rapper Eminem showing his support:

Which prompted this response from Alliance co-founder Charlie Ebersol:


Jhurrell Pressley, Arizona Hotshots RB

Here are your AAF league leaders after Week 7:

Passing Yards:

Garrett Gilbert, Orlando: 1,842 yards

John Wolford, Arizona: 1,400 yards

Luis Perez, Birmingham: 1,395 yards

Passing TDs:

John Wolford, Arizona: 13

Garrett Gilbert, Orlando: 11

Rushing Yards:

Jhurell Pressley, Arizona: 407 yards

D’Ernest Johnson, Orlando: 348 yards

Kenneth Farrow II, San Antonio: 344 yards

Rushing TDs:

Trent Richardson, Birmingham: 10

De’Veon Smith, Orlando: 5

Joel Bouagnon, Salt Lake: 5

Receiving Yards:

Charles Johnson, Orlando: 552 yards

Rashad Ross, Arizona: 505 yards

Dontez Ford, San Diego: 435 yards

Reece Horn, Memphis: 429 yards

Receiving TDs:

Rashad Ross, Arizona: 6

Charles Johnson, Orlando: 4

Mekele McKay, San Antonio: 4


Charles Johnson, Orlando: 37

De’Mornay Pierson-El, Salt Lake: 33

Rashad Ross, Arizona: 32


De’Marquis Gates, Memphis: 46

Beniquez Brown, Birmingham: 43

Erick Dargan, Arizona: 42


Karter Schult, Salt Lake: 7

Jayrone Elliott, San Antonio: 6.5

Damontre Moore, San Diego: 6


De’Vante Bausby, San Antonio: 4

Kameron Kelly, San Diego: 4

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ALLIANCE 2 XFL: AAF Week 6 Power Rankings

Despite losing their first game to Arizona, the Apollos remain at the top of this week’s rankings. The surging Commanders are close on their heels followed by the Iron and Hotshots.

AAF Week 6 Rankings:

  1. Orlando Apollos: 5-1
  2. San Antonio Commanders: 4-2
  3. Birmingham Iron: 4-2
  4. Arizona Hotshots: 3-3
  5. San Diego Fleet: 3-3
  6. Salt Lake Stallions: 2-4
  7. Atlanta Legends: 2-4
  8. Memphis Express: 1-5

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ALLIANCE 2 XFL: Week 6 Attendance

The Fleet led the league in attendance for a 2nd straight week as the home crowd was treated to a classic as they went down to the Iron at the gun. Orlando also had a solid showing as the home crowd watched the Apollos suffer their first loss of the season.

Week 6 Attendance:

San Diego: 20,986 (largest crowd in Fleet history – breaking last weeks mark).

Orlando: 18,358

Atlanta: 10,619

Salt Lake: 8,150

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ALLIANCE 2 XFL: Week 6 Standout Stars!!

Week 6 saw another game come down to the wire as the Iron defeated the Fleet as time expired. The Apollos were upset at home against the Hotshots. The Commanders dominated the Legends in Atlanta, while the Stallions took care of business against the Express at home.


Luis Perez, Birmingham: 27/49 – 359 yards, 3 TDs, and one 2 PT

Mike Bercovici, San Diego: 17/34 – 311 yards, 3 TDs, and one 2 PT

Josh Woodrum, Salt Lake: 24/37 – 243 yards, 2 TDs, and two 2PTs

Garrett Gilbert, Orlando: 23/48 – 269 yards, 2 TDs, and one 2PT

Logan Woodside, San Antonio: 2 TDs and one 2PT

Brandon Silvers, Memphis: 23/37 – 242 yards, 1 TD


Arizona: 179 rushing yards led by Tim Cook with 71 yards and Jhurell Pressley with one rushing and one receiving TD.

Kenneth Darrow II, San Antonio: 1 TD and one 2PT

Trent Richardson, Birmingham: 90 rushing & receiving yards and 2 TDs


Dontez Ford, San Diego: 3 receptions/182 yards

L’Damian Washington, Birmingham: 4 receptions/128 yards, 2 TDs, and one 2 PT

Reece Horn, Memphis: 8 receptions/129 yards

Jalin Marshall, Orlando: 6 receptions/99 yards, 1 TD

Jamal Robinson, Birmingham: 2 receptions/78 yards

Trent Richardson, Birmingham: 7 receptions

Richard Mullaney, Arizona: 6 receptions/73 yards

Daniel Williams, Memphis: 7 receptions/70 yards

Nick Truesdell, Salt Lake: 5 receptions/67 yards, 1 TD

Mekale McKay, San Antonio: 1 TD and one 2PT

Seantavius Jones, Atlanta: 6 receptions


San Antonio: 2 sacks, 3 INTs, and a forced fumble. Derron Smith with a INT for a TD.

Salt Lake: 6 sacks led by league leader Karter Schult with two

DeMarquis Gates, Memphis: 11 tackles

Reggie Northrup II, Orlando: 10 tackles

Bradley Sylve, Birmingham: 8 tackles

Kendall James, San Diego: 8 tackles

A.J. Tarpley, San Diego: 7 tackles

Steven Johnson, Arizona: 8 tackles

Arnold Tarpley III, Salt Lake: 7 tackles

Darnell Leslie, San Antonio: 6 tackles

Duke Thomas, San Antonio: 6 tackles

Ed Reynolds, Jr., Atlanta: 6 tackles


Nick Novak, Birmingham: 2 FGs (including the game winner)

Taylor Bertolet, Salt Lake: 2 FGs

Nick Folk, Arizona: 2 FGs (including a 55 yarder)

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ALLIANCE 2 XFL: Week Five Standout Stars!!

San Diego Fleet WR/CB Kameron Kelly

Week 5 saw two games come down to the wire, as the Fleet won at the gun on a field goal by Donny Hageman. In Atlanta, Younghoe Koo was the hero for a second straight week with the game-winner against the Express. The Apollos stayed unbeaten with a convincing win over the Iron. In Arizona, the Commanders held off a second-half rally by the Hotshots to gain their third win.


Josh Woodrum, Salt Lake: 31/48 – 380 yards, 1 TD and one 2 PT

Aaron Murray, Atlanta: 27/43 – 306 yards, 1 TD and one 2 PT

Mike Bercovici, San Diego: 22/43 – 304 yards, 1 TD

Logan Woodside, San Antonio: 21/27 – 290 yards, 2 TDs and one rushing 2 PT

Garrett Gilbert, Orlando: 23/35 – 286 yards, 2 TDs and two 2 PTS

Keith Price, Birmingham: 18/29 – 234 yards, 1 TD and one 2 PT

John Wolford, Arizona: 19/33 – 246 yards, 2 TDs and two 2 PT(one rushing)


De’Veon Smith, Orlando: 14 carries/119 yards

Tarean Folston, Atlanta: 11 carries/83 yards, 1 TD and 1 receiving TD

De’Ernest Johnson, Orlando: 122 yards rushing and receiving

Zac Stacy, Memphis: 86 yards rushing and receiving, 2 TDs

Joel Bouagnon, Salt Lake: 2 rushing TDs


De’Mornay Pierson-El, Salt Lake: 8 receptions/130 yards

Rashad Ross, Arizona: 5 receptions/106 yards, 1 TD and one 2 PT

Mekale McKay, San Antonio: 5 receptions/91 yards, and 1 TD

Dontez Ford, San Diego: 3 receptions/94 yards

Charles Johnson, Orlando: 6 receptions/83 yards, 1 TD and one 2 PT

Seantavius Jones, Atlanta: 5 receptions/89 yards

Wes Saxton, Jr., Birmingham: 3 receptions/75 yards

Nick Truesdell, Salt Lake: 6 receptions/71 yards, 1 TD

Scott Orndoff, Orlando: 3 receptions/61 yards, 1 TD



Kameron Kelley, San Diego: 5 tackles, 3 INTs, and 1 return for a TD

Tyson Graham, Jr., Atlanta: 4 tackles, INT, and forced fumble

Erick Dargan, Arizona: 7 tackles, 1 INT

Drew Jackson, Memphis: 9 tackles

Charles James II, Memphis: 7 tackles

Nyles Morgan, Arizona: 7 tackles

Beniquez Brown, Birmingham: 8 tackles

Arnold Tarpley III, Memphis: 7 tackles

Corey Vereen, Memphis: 2 sacks

Frank Ginda, San Diego: 7 tackles

Will Hill III, Orlando: 6 tackles

Anthony Moten Jr., Orlando: 2 sacks

Keith Reaser, Orlando: 1 Int return for a TD

Jordan Martin, San Diego: Fumble return for a TD

Orlando Defense: 5 sacks and 1 INT return for a TD


Donny Hageman, San Diego: 3 FGs with the game winner as time expired.

Younghoe Koo, Atlanta: 3 FGs and game winner with 9 seconds left.

Elliott Fry, Orlando: 3 FGs


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