BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Birmingham Iron fell to 3-2 on the season after suffering a second straight home loss to Orlando, 31-14. Steve Spurrier’s Apollos advanced to 5-0, the AAF’s only undefeated team. The Iron saw it’s first quarterback change when Keith Price replaced Luis Perez. Head coach Tim Lewis addressed the media following the loss.
“They’re a good football team. We matched up well against a good one. They came into town and did a fantastic job getting their players ready. We have to get better. It’s a little bit like a measuring stick. You like to think sometimes you’re doing the right things and you’re prepared and ready to go till you run into a buzzsaw like that that beat you offensively and defensively.
Special teams wise, I think our punter (Colton Schmidt) did a nice job. We did miss a field goal though. So, I say they won all three phases. They make you offensively…(Apollos head) Coach Spurrier does a fantastic job and has a very good quarterback, a very good receiver, a running back, offensive line, they make you defend the entire field. We didn’t do a great job of that.
Offensively, I thought we got a spark with (Iron quarterback) Keith (Price). Bringing in Keith was the right thing to do and he proved he was up for the challenge and he could get the team going a little bit and give it a little life. That was a very positive thing. (Iron running back) Brandon Ross had a nice 30 yard touchdown run. (Iron running back) Trent (Richardson) got another touchdown and (Iron wide receiver) Quinton Patton got another 2-point conversion. That was good. We’ll just keep working with them.