Darius Shepard’s heroism elevates the generals above the panthers

from Eric D. Williams
FOX sports writer

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – The New Jersey Generals are the best fast team in the USFL.

However, after the Michigan Panthers slowed them down, the Generals turned to Darius Shepard and the pass.

Shepard finished with eight catches for 99 receiving yards, including the winner of the game – a 17-yard touchdown on a fading route that gave the Generals a 25-23 victory over the Panthers on Saturday at Protective Stadium.

Generals’ Darius Shepard put the winner in the TD

Generals' Darius Shepard put the winner in the TD

New Jersey successor Darius Shepard led the generals with eight receptions at 99 yards and a winning touchdown. Michigan host Joe Walker led the Panthers with seven catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns.

“I’m just proud of our team to find a way to win,” said Generals head coach Mike Riley. “It looked a little gloomy. I felt it aside. But when we had to stop them and we had to make a few offensives, we did.”

The leading striker of the USFL, entering the Week 9, Darius Victor was amused by a finger problem, a total of only 18 yards in seven curries. Trey Williams led the generals 62 yards in 11 careers.

After leading for most of the game, New Jersey is four points behind with 6:37 left after a 25-yard goal by Cole Murphy. But Luis Perez designed the decisive drive after a big comeback from Cam Ecols-Luper, which put New Jersey close to the midfield (He also had an 18-yard turnaround as a result).

On the second and 5th of Michigan’s 17-yard line, Shepard turned against the press, beating his man over the top for the result.

“When he calls your number, you have to do plays,” Shepard said. “Coach [Riley] put us in the game today, give us a chance to show what we can do. ”

Along with Shepherd, KaVontae Turpin continues to look like the league’s most explosive player, making a 71-yard return with just over 10 minutes left in the first half – the first rematch of a punt at home this season in the USFL.

KaVontae Turpin carries it into the house

KaVontae Turpin carries it into the house

The New Jersey Generals took a 10-0 lead over the Michigan Panthers after CaVonte Turpin returned 71 yards to the house.

“The coach (Riley) told me at the beginning of this game that this will probably be the day you get one,” Turpin said. “So I just told him I would be patient there. I hit the hole once and just went back outside, I was just trying to be a team playmaker, basically.”

The generals overcame two missed flights and two missed extra points to improve to 8-1 this year, winning their eighth straight game. The Panthers fell to 1-7 and lost six in a row.

Pittsburgh Maulers quarterback for the first three games of the year, Josh Love started as a quarterback for the Panthers. Michigan’s early quarterbacks earlier this season – Paxton Lynch and Shea Patterson – were unavailable. Lynch was not active in the game, and Patterson, the No. 1 overall in the draft, was canceled a few weeks ago and is now a member of the New Orleans Breakers.

Love finished 12-for-21 for 168 passes, with two touchdown passes and two interceptions. He was hit by Hercules Mataafa and limped off the field with an injury to his right knee. Love was chosen by Trey Elston in the play.

East Washington product Eric Barriere replaced Love in the lineup. Barrier played steadily in his first action in the USFL, finishing 14-for-24 in 118 yards and a touchdown to Ishmael Hyman.

However, in need of a goal from the field at the end of the match, Barrier was intercepted by Paris Ford, sealing the victory for the generals.

Joe Walker played well for Michigan, finishing with seven assists for 129 yards and two results.

The Panthers were pretty defeated after this one, losing quarterback Cameron Scarlett (unspecified) and successor Devin Ross (knee) due to injury. Best back Reggie Corbyn did not play due to injury.

Michigan finished the game with just one solid quarterback and quarterback.

“That’s probably what I’m most proud of our boys,” said Michigan head coach Jeff Fisher. “It was kind of like one of those last upright people.”

Intercepting Toby Johnson

Toby Johnson’s Nose fight in New Jersey was a big dream come true for the Panthers – he had to show his athleticism by putting on his big football gloves.

In the first quarter, Destiny Vaeao deflected Love’s pass high in the air. Hasty Johnson followed him, making an impressive dive catch for the interception.

The generals turned the mistake into points when Austin Jones scored a goal from 36 yards.

Tre Williams update

Fisher provided some good news for injured defender Tre Williams.

With the loss of Michigan to the Philadelphia Stars last week, Williams lay motionless on the field for several minutes before being taken off the field on a tray and stretcher and transported to the University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center.

However, Fisher said Williams was released from the hospital and was on the sidelines watching his teammates play on Sunday. Fisher said he even has a chance for Williams to play in Michigan’s last game next week.

“Tre is doing remarkably well,” Fisher said. “We did not exclude him from the final match, I am really happy to say that. The good Lord listened to our prayers because it was a great incident with the answer to the prayer there. It was a terrible deal.

“He is good. He was around his teammates this week. There is some mobility. This is a matter of medical permission. But to be able to say that he has a chance to play two weeks after what we endured last week, that’s pretty good. ”

Eric D. Williams has reported on the NFL for more than a decade, covering the Los Angeles Rams for Sports Illustrated, the Los Angeles Chargers for ESPN and the Seattle Seahawks for the Tacoma News Tribune. Follow him on Twitter at @eric_d_williams.


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