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Week #8 coming up…...

Friday, September 19, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #8 Preview

Event Date: April 9th, 1987

Event Description: Week #8 Preview

Source: PFW

Week #8 USFL Preview

  (3-4) New Jersey at (1-6) Pittsburgh (No Line)

   (3-4) Tampa Bay at (4-3) Jacksonville  (Bulls -6)

     (4-3) Houston at (3-4) Chicago (No Line)
   (6-1) Birmingham at (3-4) New Orleans (Stallions -2)
    (4-3) Los Angeles at (5-2) Oakland (Invaders -3)
  (2-5) Arizona at (4-3) Denver (Gold -8)

Sunday Night
 (6-1) Memphis at (1-6) Orlando (‘Boats -5)

(3-4) Philadelphia at (4-3) Michigan (Panthers -3)

more to come......

Thursday, September 18, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #7 Transactions

Event Date: April 8th, 1987

Event Description: Week #7 Transactions

Source: PFW

Arizona-Signed DB Lance Shields (Express ’86), activated DB Erroll Tucker from Taxi Squad.

Birmingham-Activated DL Dave Pureifory from Reserve-Retired list.

Jacksonville-Signed LB Tom Dinkel (NFL-Cincinnati ’85), activated DE-LB John El-Masry* from Taxi Squad.

New Jersey-Signed TE Dan Ross (NFL-Green Bay ’85), traded TE Derrick Ramsey to Tampa Bay for WR Danny Buggs, activated OL E.Lee Getz from taxi Squad.

Oakland-Activated QB Brent Pease* from Taxi Squad.

Philadelphia-Signed DL Steve Bearden (Showboats ’86).

Tampa Bay-Signed WR Nolan Franz (NFL-Green Bay ’86), activated WR Steve Carter and TE Wilbur Strozier from Taxi Squad.

more to come...... 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

'87 Chronology-'Boats Tame Bulls

Event Date: April 6th, 1987
Event Description: Holloway Homecoming
Source: Ottawa Citizen
Ex-CFL pivot Condredge Holloway threw for 301 yards and five touchdowns to lead Memphis over Jacksonville, 40-20, at the Liberty Bowl.
Holloway completed 22-of-35 passes for the Showboats (6-1), who have now won two straight. Perry Kemp finished with three touchdown receptions and William Andrews rushed for 53 yards and added a touchdown reception in the win.
Ed Luther completed 18-of-31 passes for 192 yards for Jacksonville, which lost for the first time in three weeks. 
Already leading 26-13 out of halftime, Memphis scored the first 14 points of the second half. Holloway spotted Wamon Buggs for a five-yard touchdown to open the third quarter, before Kemp put the Showboats ahead 40-13 on his third touchdown reception.
Jacksonville backup quarterback Erik Kramer found Tommy Vigorito for a ten-yard strike with 2:00 remaining to account for the final scoring.
Memphis starter Walter Lewis was out nursing a shoulder injury...Perry Kemp finished with 128 yards receiving on seven receptions...Jacksonville finished with 12 penalties and two sacks.
In other Sunday games; Philadelphia downed Pittsburgh 24-10, Birmingham crushed Chicago 28-3, and Oakland won on the road at Arizona 29-24.

more to come......

'87 Chronology-Rookie Leads Rally

Event Date: April 6th, 1987
Event Description: Panthers Edge Generals
Source: Detroit Free Press
Rookie Willis Jacox returned a kick-off 87 yards and Ken Lacy added a late touchdown run as the Michigan Panthers held off the New Jersey Generals, 17-16, at Giants Stadium.
Bob Gagliano completed 12-of-26 passes for 125 yards for the Panthers (4-3). Ken Lacy had 47 yards on the ground on 17 carries with one score.
Herschel Walker led all rushers, with 104 yards on 17 carries. Kevin Long had eight carries for 33 yards and a touchdown for New Jersey (3-4), and John Teltschik nailed three field goals.
A 30-yard field goal by Teltschik gave New Jersey a 3-0 lead with 5:41 left in the first quarter. Long's touchdown run gave New Jersey a 10-0 lead at the break
The second half was all Panthers, with the Jacox kick return, a Novo Bojovic field goal and then the Ken Lacy touchdown at the 7:23 mark of the final frame.
The Generals came back in the fourth, with another Teltschik field goal with 5:15 left, but their comeback fell short, as they turned the ball over on downs on their final possession
The Panthers had only 82 yards rushing on 34 attempts...Doug Flutie’s struggles continued as he finished with just 176 yards passing and one interception.

more to come......

Monday, September 15, 2014

'87 Chronology-Homecoming

Event Date: April 5th, 1987
Event Description: SoCal Dream
Source: The Evening Independent
Vince Evans threw three touchdown passes, including two in the fourth quarter, and Ernie Anderson scored the opening touchdown to lead Denver to a 31-21 win over Los Angeles.
Lonnie Harris caught a 68-yard touchdown reception for the Gold (4-3), who won for the third time in four games. Evans passed for 232 yards on 15-of-23 attempts.
Vince Ferragamo threw one touchdown passes and Duane Gunn scored via an 86-yard punt return for the Express (4-3), who have lost three straight. Ferragamo completed 2-of-4 attempts for 14 yards after replacing Rick Neuheisel in the final frame.
Scott McGhee caught the final scoring pass of the fourth that put the Gold ahead 31-6. Lonnie Harris finished with four receptions for 91 yards.
Shawn Jones led Denver with 77 rushing yards on 18 carries...Kevin Nelson paced the L.A. running game with 64 yards on eight carries...Denver outgained L.A. 379-267.

more to come......

Sunday, September 14, 2014

'87 Chronology-Cruise Control

Event Date: April 3rd, 1987
Event Description: Bennett Leads Bandits
Source: Montreal Gazette
Ben Bennett threw for a career-high 352 yards and four touchdowns as the Bandits cruised to a 35-21 victory over Orlando at Tampa Stadium.
Bennett finished 28-for-36 as the Bandits (3-4) won their second straight game. Marvin Harvey, Greg Boone and Larry Brodsky each had touchdown receptions for Tampa, which built a 28-6 halftime lead.
Joe Dudek ended with 109 yards on eight catches, while Brodsky hauled in seven passes for 85 yards and Danny Buggs had three receptions for 51 yards and a score.
Quarterback David Woodley threw for a fourth-quarter touchdown for the Renegades (1-6). Alan Duncan kicked two field goals in the loss.
Ex-CFLer Larry Cowan led all rushers with 64 yards on 17 carries and Orlando in receiving with 46 yards...Woodley finished with 205 yards passing on 24 of 34 efficiency...Fred McAllister registered two sacks for the visitors.

more to come......

Friday, September 12, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #7 Preview

Event Date: April 2nd, 1987

Event Description: Week #7 Preview

Source: PFW

Week #7 USFL Preview

  (1-5) Orlando at (2-4) Tampa Bay (Bandits -2)

  (3-3) Denver at  (4-2) Los Angeles (No Line)

    (1-5) Pittsburgh at (2-4) Philadelphia (Stars -3)
  (3-3) Chicago at (5-1) Birmingham (Stallions -9)
   (3-3) Michigan at (3-3) New Jersey (Generals -4)
 (4-2) Oakland at (2-4) Arizona (Wranglers -2)

Sunday Night
(4-2) Jacksonville at (5-1) Memphis (‘Boats -5)

(3-3) New Orleans at (3-3) Houston (Gamblers -2)

more to come......

Week #6 Poll

Thursday, September 11, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #6 Transactions

Event Date: March 31st, 1987

Event Description: Week #6 Transactions

Source: PFW

Arizona-Activated QB Alfred Jenkins from Taxi Squad.

Jacksonville-Placed LB Terry Beeson and RB Michael Whiting on Injured Reserve; activated RB-WR Gerald Harris* from Taxi Squad.

Memphis-Activated QB Ed Rubbert from Taxi Squad.

Michigan-Signed OL Ron Coder (Stars ’86).

Orlando-Placed DB Lee Wilson on Injured Reserve.

For complete team statistics through six games go here.

more to come......

Monday, September 8, 2014

'87 Chronology-Six Pack

Event Date: March 29th, 1987
Event Description: USFL Roundup
Source: Boca Raton News
Marcus Dupree and Mark Schellen both ran for a pair of scores to lead New Orleans over Oakland, 31-14, in a showdown of Western Conference powers at the Superdome.
Dupree and Schellen ran for 78 and 99 yards respectively, and Tyrone Anthony ran for 100 more yards for the Breakers (3-3), who moved into a three-way tie in the Central Division with Chicago and Houston.
The Invaders (4-2) lost for the first time since Week #1.
The Breakers outscored the Invaders 17-7 in the first half and they led the rest of the way. 
Fred Besana finished with 187 yards passing on 24-of-39 efficiency with one interceptions and one touchdown for Oakland.
Game Notes;
The Breakers produced 24 first downs compared to 19 for Oakland...Dwaine Wilson of the Invaders rushed for 32 yards, while Allen Pitts led the team in receiving yards with 64.
The Tampa Bay Bandits upset Michigan at home by a score of 34-17 on Thursday, the Memphis Showboats downed hapless Pittsburgh 23-13 on Saturday night.
On Sunday, the Bulls won on the road at Philadelphia 16-12, Birmingham stopped Los Angeles 20-17, New Jersey edged Orlando 23-17, and Houston nipped Arizona 13-10.

more to come......

Sunday, September 7, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #6 Preview

Event Date: March 26th, 1987

Event Description: Week #6 Preview

Source: PFW

Week #6 USFL Preview

 (1-4) Tampa Bay at (3-2) Michigan (Panthers -11)

 (4-1) Memphis at (1-4) Pittsburgh (Showboats -3)

   (3-2) Jacksonville at (2-3) Philadelphia (Bulls -1)
 (4-1) Los Angeles at (4-1) Birmingham (Stallions -6)
  (1-4) Orlando at (2-3) New Jersey (Generals -6)
(2-3) Arizona at (2-3) Houston (Gamblers -3)

Sunday Night
 (4-1) Oakland at (2-3) New Orleans (Even)

 (2-3) Denver at (3-2) Chicago (Blitz -1)

more to come......

Friday, September 5, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #5 Transactions

Event Date: March 25th, 1987

Event Description: Week #5 Transactions

Source: PFW

Birmingham-Placed DL Mack Moore on Injured Reserve, activated LB Greg Lloyd* from Taxi Squad.

Chicago-Placed QB Dieter Brock on Injured Reserve, activated QB Sean Payton from Taxi Squad.

New Jersey-Activated WR-KR Danny Knight from Taxi Squad.

Philadelphia-Placed S Ken Moriarity on Injured Reserve, activated DB Sid Lewis from Taxi Squad.

Pittsburgh-Signed TE Paul Ricker (Generals ’86), placed TE Eason Ramson on Injured Reserve.

more to come......

Thursday, September 4, 2014

'87 Chronology-Cat Belue

Event Date: March 24th, 1987
Event Description: Maulers Drop Fourth Straight
Source: Pittsburgh Times Tribune
Buck Belue threw for 226 yards and the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter, as the Jacksonville Bulls won a close contest over the Pittsburgh Maulers, 21-18, at the Gator Bowl. Belue finished 18-for-34 with an interception for the Bulls (3-2), who have won two of their last three games. 
Elmer Bailey caught four passes for 113 yards, while Tommy Vigorito grabbed four passes for 28 yards and a touchdown reception. Brian Franco added a pair of field goals to give a boost to the Jacksonville offense.
Walter Holman carried the ball 17 times for 111 yards for the Maulers (1-4), losers of four straight. Greg Anderson added eight catches for 121 yards and a touchdown reception.
Maulers tight end Eason Ramson was taken off the field in the third quarter with a serious arm injury...Bulls starting quarterback Ed Luther was out with a knee injury...Jaime Covington racked up 102 yards on 17 carries for Pittsburgh.

more to come......

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

'87 Chronology-Gold Rush!

Event Date: March 23rd, 1987
Event Description: Bonanza!
Source: Rocky Mountain Daily
Vince Evans threw for 278 yards and four touchdowns to lead Denver to a 38-20 win over New Orleans at Mile High Stadium.
Newly signed wideout Jay Dobyns scored a pair of touchdowns for the Gold (2-3), which had lost two straight coming in. Evans completed 23-of-35 passes with one interception, and Earnest Anderson posted a touchdown run.
John Fourcade threw three interceptions for the Breakers (2-3), who have now lost two straight. Fourcade finished just 8-of-23 for 73 yards and two sacks.
Toussaint Tyler started the scoring with an 8-yard field goal touchdown run with 9:57 left in the first quarter. Just over three minutes later, Lonnie Harris caught a 41-yard touchdown pass to tie things at 7-7. A safety at the end of the quarter gave Denver a 9-7 lead.
Early in the second quarter, Marcus Dupree's two-yard touchdown run opened a 14-9 advantage for New Orleans. 
Dobyns made a 19-yard touchdown reception just over five minutes later and two more Evans touchdown passes gave the Gold a 30-14 at the 1:01 mark.
Tim Mazzetti kicked a 51-yard field goal as time expired in the first half. neither team would score in the third frame.
Just over two minutes into the fourth quarter, Earnest Anderson ran for a 3-yard touchdown to push the Denver lead to 38-17.
A second Tim Mazzetti field goal rounded out the scoring.
Ernie Anderson led all rushers with 97 yards on 24 carries...each team was called for six penalties...the Breakers were just 2 of 11 on third down.
Orlando won its first game behind David Woodley with a 20-17 win over the Stars, New Jersey dumped the Bandits 24-7, while Birmingham pounded Arizona 24-3 and Michigan edged Memphis 23-20 handing the ‘Boats their first loss of the season.

more to come......

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

'87 Chronology-Backup Plan

Event Date: March 22nd, 1987
Event Description: Backup Leads Oakland
Source: Spokane Chronicle
Tim Cowan threw for 185 yards and two touchdowns to lead Oakland to a 34-28 win over Houston at the Coliseum.
Tony Cherry rushed for 100 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns for the Invaders (4-1), who were without starting pivot Fred Besana. Cowan completed 16-of-24 passes without an interception, and the Oakland defense posted four interceptions.
Jim Kelly threw two touchdown passes for the Gamblers (2-3), who committed five turnovers in their second straight loss. Kelly finished 28-of-43 for 346 yards and four interceptions.
Kevin Shea kicked a pair field goals for Oakland, while Efren Herrera nailed two for the visitors.
Pete Catan and Carlton Rose each registered a pair of sacks...Lonell Phea led all receivers with 87 yards on six receptions...Kelly tallied a two point conversion via the run.

more to come......

Monday, September 1, 2014

'87 Chronology-Back to Back

Event Date: March 20th, 1987
Event Description: Blitz Win Without Brock
Source: Lawrence Journal-World
Mike Hohensee threw for 240 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Chicago Blitz to a 21-14 upset win over the Los Angeles Express.
Hohensee, replacing an injured Dieter Brock, completed 17 of his 32 attempts for the Blitz (3-2), who were playing their second Thursday night game in a row. 
Gary Lewis had a solid day, hauling in five passes for 66 yards and Jim Stone aided the cause with 77 yards rushing and a touchdown reception of his own.
Rick Neuheisel was picked off once for Los Angeles (4-1), which suffered its first loss of the season. Neuheisel was 13-of-31 for 157 yards with one touchdown pass.
Los Angeles opened the scoring when running back Craig Ellis found the end zone at the 3:36 mark of the opening frame. The touchdown drive covered 58 yards in six plays.
The Blitz made it a 7-7 contest when Hohensee found Kris Haines streaking down the sideline for a 63-yard score to open the second quarter scoring. the teams would remain tied at the half.
Chicago then took a 14-7 lead when Hohensee fired a 13-yard touchdown strike to Marcus Anderson at the 8:18 mark of the third stanza.
In the final frame, Jim Stone hauled in a three-yard screen pass to extend Chicago's lead to 21-14.
Jairo Penaranda's one-yard touchdown catch at the 1:25 mark of the fourth quarter completed the scoring at 21-14. 
Chicago QB Dieter Brock left the game in the first quarter with was appeared to be a significant knee injury...Kris Haines led all receivers with 110 yards on four receptions.

more to come......

Sunday, August 31, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #5 Preview

Event Date: March 19th, 1987

Event Description: Week #5 Preview

Source: PFW

Week #5 USFL Preview

 (2-2) Chicago at (4-0) Los Angeles (Express -6)

 (2-2) Houston at (3-1) Oakland (Invaders -5)

   (2-2) Philadelphia at (0-4) Orlando (Renegades -1)
 (1-3) New Jersey at (1-3) Tampa Bay (Generals -2)
  (2-2) New Orleans at (1-3) Denver (Gold -2)
(2-2) Michigan at (4-0) Memphis (Showboats -8)

Sunday Night
 (3-1) Birmingham at (2-2) Arizona (Even)

 (1-3) Pittsburgh at (2-2) Jacksonville (Bulls -8)

more to come......

'87 Chronology-Woodley Named Starter

Event Date: March 18th, 1987
Event Description: ‘Gades Bench Reaves
Source: Observer-Reporter
David Woodley, not John Reaves, will start for the struggling Orlando Renegades on Sunday when they host the Philadelphia Stars.
The Sun Sentinel reports that the team decided to go with the 28-year-old pivot on the same day that the team made sweeping changes to its defensive coaching staff.
Woodley, an LSU product, spent four seasons with the Miami Dolphins from 1980 to 1983 and another two with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

more to come......

Saturday, August 30, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #4 Transactions

Event Date: March 17th, 1987

Event Description: Week #4 Transactions

Source: PFW

Denver-Signed WR Jay Dobyns (Wranglers ’86).

Jacksonville-Signed WR Stanley Shakespeare (NCAA-Miami ’84).

Michigan-Activated DB Len Bell* from Taxi Squad.

New Jersey-Signed WR Daric Zeno (CFL-Saskatchewan ’86), released WR Tom McConnaughy.

Orlando-Activated WR James Brim*, placed WR Ricky Simmons on Inactive-Left-Team List.

In other league news; the Tampa Bay Bandits won their first game of the season after a 17-13 decision over the New Orleans Breakers on Monday night. 

Marvin Harvey led the way with 87 yards receiving and a late touchdown to seal the win for the Bandits.

more to come......

Friday, August 29, 2014

'87 Chronology-Riverboat Gamblers

Event Date: March 16th, 1987
Event Description: Two For Four
Source: Houston Star Tribune
Walter Lewis threw for 197 yards and a pair of touchdowns to William Andrews as Memphis cruised to a 32-17 victory over Houston at the Liberty Bowl.
Lewis completed 13-of-22 passes with two interceptions and Andrews rushed for 73 yards on 19 carries for the undefeated Showboats (4-0). Andrews hauled in both touchdown tosses and finished with 77 yards on four catches.
Jim Kelly was limited to 136 yards on 19-of-36 passing with two scores but was intercepted twice and fumbled once for Houston (2-2). Sam Harrell had nine receptions for 41 yards while also rushing for 58 yards in the loss.
The Gamblers took a 7-0 lead courtesy of a Kelly to Lonell Phea touchdown toss. Memphis kicker Roger Ruzek answered with two consecutive field goals, before Lewis found Andrews for a 21-yard touchdown to close out the first half.
Ruzek's pair of field goals in the third put the Showboats up 19-7.
In the final frame, Houston closed the gap to 19-17 after an Efren Herrera field goal and a Kelly to Richard Johnson three yard touchdown. 
Memphis closed out the scoring with a second Lewis to Andrews touchdown and a 13-yard touchdown run by rookie Tony Burse.
Memphis finished with 438 total yards as compared to just 213 for Houston...Memphis lost three defensive players to injury in the final frame.
In other Sunday action; New Jersey won its first game of the year 13-10 at Denver, Los Angeles remains undefeated after a 19-17 home win against Michigan, meanwhile Arizona topped Pittsburgh 27-13 and Birmingham upset Jacksonville 27-17.

more to come......

'87 Chronology-Impact Player

Event Date: March 15th, 1987
Event Description: Invaders Edge Stars
Source: Spokane Chronicle
Tony Cherry rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown, and Oakland came up with a pair of key defensive stops in the fourth quarter to preserve a 20-17 win over the Philadelphia Stars.
Fred Besana completed 12-of-17 passes before leaving the game due to injury, and Ted Torosian rushed for a score, and caught four passes for 39 yards for Oakland (3-1).
Chuck Fusina completed 12-of-23 passes for 114 yards with a score for the Stars, but he was intercepted by David Greenwood trying to lead his team to the tying field goal inside two minutes remaining.
Ken Dunek had four receptions for 35 yards for the Stars (2-2), who were coming off a win against Denver.
Allen Harvin led all rushers with 129 yards...Oakland quarterbacks were sacked a total of seven times...Tim Cowan came on in relief of Besana and finished with 65 yards passing and one interception.

more to come......

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

'87 Chronology-Aerial Antics

Event Date: March 14th, 1987

Event Description: Blitz Bounce Back!

Source: Rockford Herald Tribune

Dieter Brock found Marcus Anderson for the game-winning touchdown reception in overtime, as the Chicago Blitz came away with a thrilling 41-35 comeback win against the Orlando Renegdades.

Brock was brilliant, throwing for 379 yards and five touchdowns on 33-of-39 efficiency and rushing for 16 yards. Marcus Anderson recorded 13 receptions for a whopping 222 yards and four touchdowns. Vagas Ferguson added 32 yards on the ground to go with a touchdown run.
Orlando's John Reaves finished with 178 yards and a touchdown with one pick, on 14-of-26 passes. Jerry Gordon was a recipient of three balls for 57 yards and a score. Curtis Bledsoe compiled a career-high 187 rushing yards on 28 carries, as the Renegaedes fell to 0-4 on the year.
Trailing 35-28, the Blitz took the ball at the Orlando 46-yard line with less than two minutes left in the game. Using quick strikes in the passing game, Chicago worked its way down the field and scored on the sixth play of the drive. 
The game remained tied in overtime until Brock lofted a ball down the sidelines intended for Anderson, who leaped and snagged the ball out of the air for 29-yard touchdown.
Chicago was without the services of RB Larry Canada...the teams combined for 878 yards of offense...James Looney registered two sacks for the Blitz.

more to come......

'87 Chronology-Week #4 Preview

Event Date: March 12th, 1987

Event Description: Week #4 Preview

Source: PFW

Week #4 USFL Preview

 (1-2) Chicago at  (0-3) Orlando (Renegades -7)

 (2-1) Philadelphia at  (2-1) Oakland (Stars -1)

   (1-2) Pittsburgh at (1-2) Arizona (Maulers -5)
 (0-3) New Jersey at (1-2) Denver (Generals -1)
  (2-1) Houston at (3-0) Memphis (‘Boats -11)
(2-1) Michigan at (3-0) Los Angeles (Panthers -2)

Sunday Night
 (2-1) Birmingham at (2-1) Jacksonville (Bulls -11)

 (2-1) New Orleans at (0-3) Tampa Bay (Breakers -4)

more to come......

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #3 Transactions

Event Date: March 11th, 1987

Event Description: Week #3 Transactions

Source: PFW

Birmingham-Signed TE Beau Coash (Bulls ’86).

New Orleans-Activated DB Ron Osborne from Taxi Squad.

more to come......

Sunday, August 24, 2014

'87 Chronology-Monday Mayhem

Event Date: March 10th, 1987
Event Description: Windy City Blow Out
Source: PFW
Ed Luther went 20-for-32 with 233 yards and four touchdowns and the Jacksonville defense caused three turnovers as the Bulls crushed the Chicago Blitz, 50-13.
Brian Franco nailed five field goals and Don Roberts had 28 yards on three carries with a score and also hauled in two passes for 25 yards for the Bulls (2-1).
Dieter Brock went just 8-for-16 with 92 yards and a pair of interceptions, while Buster Rhymes had four catches for 75 yards for the Blitz (1-2), who have dropped their past two games.
Mike Hohensee came on in relief for Chicago and finished 8 of 15 for 120 yards with one touchdown pass to Thomas Rooks.
Robert Young had eight catches for 84 yards and Elmer Bailey had five catches for 95 yards with two touchdowns for the Bulls...Tommy Vigorito and Alton Alexis also had TD scores for the visitors.

more to come......

Saturday, August 23, 2014

'87 Chronology-Week #3 Sunday Games

Event Date: March 9th, 1987
Event Description: ‘Boats Stay Afloat
Source: Star News
Walter Lewis battled through a sore ankle to complete 11-of-18 passes for 148 yards and one touchdown, as the Memphis Showboats edged the Birmingham Stallions, 24-22.
Sam Bowers hauled in two passes for 76 yards with a touchdown reception for the Showboats, who sit atop the South division at (3-0).
Gill Fenerty added 96 rushing yards on 28 carries while also grabbing a 12-yard reception in the win.
Joel Coles rushed for 75 yards on 21 attempts for the Stallions (2-1), who committed four turnovers while losing their first game.
Cliff Stoudt completed 15-of-28 passes for 154 yards with two interceptions and a touchdown while also rushing for 31 yards. Stoudt left the game in the third quarter with a bruised right knee, and was replaced by backup Kent Austin
Austin led Birmingham to two fourth quarter scoring drives, but a failed two-point conversion ended up being the difference. Joey Jones made seven catches for 66 yards and a touchdown reception.
Leonard Williams' touchdown midway through the first frame from three yards out made it a 7-0 game.
Danny Miller tacked on a pair of field goals for the Stallions in the second frame and Walter Lewis tossed a 58-yard touchdown pass to send the Showboats into halftime with a 14-6 edge.
Kent Austin finished 13-of-19 for 106 yards with two interceptions and one score in his relief of Stoudt...Birmingham outgained Memphis 361-296...Herb Spencer had two sacks for the hosts.
In other Week #3 action:
Michigan beat Arizona 17-10 on Saturday night, the Los Angeles Express remain undefeated after a 26-24 win at Pittsburgh, Oakland also won on the road at New Jersey 16-6, while Philadelphia held on at home 15-13 against Denver and Houston dominated Tampa Bay 41-16 behind a strong showing by Jim Kelly.

more to come......