San Diego’s Late Field Goal Sinks Salt Lake Stallions

Mar 9, 2019, 9:23 PM | Updated: 9:33 pm
Sam Irwin-Hill #2 of the San Diego Fleet lifts kicker Donny Hageman #1 in celebration after Hagema...
Sam Irwin-Hill #2 of the San Diego Fleet lifts kicker Donny Hageman #1 in celebration after Hageman kicked the winning field goal late in the fourth quarter of the Alliance of American Football game against the Salt Lake Stallions at SDCCU Stadium on March 09, 2019 in San Diego, California. The Fleet won the game 27-25. (Photo by Denis Poroy/AAF/Getty Images)
(Photo by Denis Poroy/AAF/Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – In a back-and-forth affair, the Salt Lake Stallions had their hearts broken as the San Diego Fleet made a field goal as time expired to pick up the 27-25 win.

Salt Lake quarterback Josh Woodrum struggled with 380 yards, 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions.

Running back Joel Bouagnon ran the ball 11 times for 36 yards and 1 touchdown, while wide receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El collected 8 catches for 130 yards.

For San Diego, quarterback Mike Bercovici threw for 304 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Wide receiver Dontez Ford had 3 receptions for 94 yards.

Salt Lake Takes Lead Off Of Defense

San Diego scored first when they made a 39-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead with 4:56 left in the first quarter.

Salt Lake took the lead with 27 seconds left when running back Joel Bouagnon ran in a touchdown from three yards out. Woodrum completed the two point conversion with a run, giving the Stallions an 8-3 lead.

Early in the second quarter, the Fleet trimmed the lead to two points with a 34-yard field goal.

Woodrum threw an interception in the final minute of the first half, but the Stallions had an 8-6 lead at the half.

Third Quarter Turnovers For Stallions

Salt Lake extended the lead to 11-6 with 8:19 left in the third when Taylor Bertolet nailed a 44-yard field goal.

The Stallions had the ball with 3:20 left when running back Terrell Newby fumbled the ball, which was recovered by the Fleet and returned for a 41-yard touchdown. San Diego couldn’t pick up the two-point conversion, but had a 12-11 lead. The Stallions committed their third turnover of the game.

On the next play for the Stallions, Woodrum received a hard hit and was forced out of the game. Former Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen took over for Woodrum.

With 2:33 left, Allen was sacked and fumbled the ball, which was recovered by San Diego. On the next play, Bercovici connected with tight end Ben Johnson on an 18-yard touchdown pass. The Fleet had an 18-11 lead late in the third quarter.

Early in the fourth quarter, Woodrum returned to the game and threw his third interception which was returned 22-yards for a touchdown. San Diego defensive back Kameron Kelly intercepted all three passes.

With four minutes left in the game, Bouagnon scored a four-yard touchdown – his second of the game, to trim the Stallions deficit to seven.

Salt Lake had the ball with 51 seconds left, when Woodrum found tight end Nick Truesdell for a 6-yard touchdown pass. He then connected with wide receiver Kenny Bell on the two-point conversion to put the Stallions ahead 27-25.

The Fleet were able to get in field goal range when Donny Hageman nailed a 44-yard field goal as time expired to give San Diego the win.

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The Stallions dropped to 1-4 on the season. They will host the Memphis Express on Saturday at 2 p.m.

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