Manage episode 320156129 series 3293078
Duane Butler scored on a 98-yard interception return with less than two minutes to play as the Birmingham Bolts beat the Chicago Enforcers 14-3. The interception was the third turnover by Chicago. The others also came in Birmingham territory, including a fumble by running back John Avery in the first quarter. Birmingham improved to 2-1, and Chicago dropped to 0-3. Avery came into the game as the league's second-leading rusher. He gained 96 yards against the Bolts' defense that limited the Enforcers to 164 total yards. The Enforcers' only score came on a 33-yard field goal by Andy Crossland in the first quarter. Bolts linebacker James Willis, the league's leading tackler, had 11 stops. Butler had nine tackles and defensive back Chris Shelling had eight.
James Bostic, who played at Auburn, scored the Bolts' other touchdown on a 2-yard run with 1:36 left in the first half. Bostic rushed for 82 yards on 23 carries. Bolts quarterback Casey Weldon completed 16 of 27 passes for 152 yards. Stepfret Williams was Weldon's favorite target, catching seven passes for 81 yards. With the temperature in the 40s, the crowd was considerably down from the more than 36,000 who attended the Bolts' opener two weeks ago. The announced crowd Sunday was 17,582. The game featured offsetting personal foul penalties that seemed to be borrowed from the XFL's relative, the WWF. After a third-quarter play, Enforcers' tackle Christopher Perez chopped Willis below the neck, almost mimicking a wrestling move. Willis stumbled backward, then shoved Perez to the ground.