The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks hosted the Georgia Firebirds at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA on Saturday night. It was the lone game of the National Arena League this weekend.
After a defensive first quarter with two missed field goals, Lehigh Valley scored the first field goal of the game with 47 seconds left in the first quarter. That would prove to be the lone score in the first frame.
Following an interception, Warren Smith Jr. rushed for a touchdown to make the score 9-0 in favor of Lehigh Valley. Georgia would close the gap with a touchdown pass from Percy Hunter to Isaiah Jupiter to make it a 9-7 game.
Brandon Renford would return the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown to make it a nine point game once more. After Georgia kicked a field goal to make it a 16-10 game, Lehigh Valley scored 14 points in 24 seconds to make the halftime score 30-10.
The Steelhawks would expand their lead with Warren Oliver‘s second touchdown of the night. The two teams would go back and forth, both teams intercepting a pass, and the Steelhawks led 43-17 after three.
The two teams would go back and forth, but Georgia was not able to make a comeback. The Steelhawks won by a final score of 56-31. Smith would finish with six touchdown passes in the game. He also rushed for a touchdown. That gives him 27 passing touchdowns in the team’s first five games.
The key on defense for Lehigh Valley was Rodney Hall, Jr. He finished with seven tackles, two interceptions and a pass deflection.
They will play the Corpus Christi Rage on April 29. Georgia will play the Dayton Wolfpack the same day.