DULUTH, Ga. (WXIA) -- In the Week 6 contest against the Chicago Rush, the Georgia Force crushed their competitors with a final game score of 70-49. In front of a crowd of 3,442 Arena Football League fans, the two competitors faced off in The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia.
Archer came out and led the Force to three first quarter touchdowns on their three first quarter possessions, including a rushing touchdown by wide receiver Jeremy Grier and two touchdown catches by Brandon McRae. With just one minute left in the first quarter, McRae made a spectacular grab as he went up and over the right sideline wall while maintaining possession to put the Force up 21-6 after quarter number one. The Force defense, which gave up 92 points in last week's loss, would intercept Chicago Rush starting quarterback Russ Michna twice, once each by Tracy Belton and Roland Cola. The Force held Chicago to just one touchdown in the quarter.
Quarter number two would be no different. Archer would add four more touchdowns, thrown to four different Force playmakers, starting when he hit offensive specialist CJ Johnson with a ten yard dart at the eight minute mark. Less then four minutes later, McRae would add another spectacular touchdown catch, his third of the half. This time the ball would pinball off of both McRae and the defender but would end up at the feet of McRae who was able to maintain the catch. Wide receiver Larry Shipp would run a beautiful corner pattern and be hit in stride for a 36 yard touchdown. An interception by Force corner Marrio Norman would set up the final touchdown of the quarter, a swing pass from Archer to fullback Mykell Benson, who would take it in 14 yards for the touchdown and a 49-20 half time lead.
RJ Archer would start the third quarter like he ended the second, with a 14 yard touchdown pass to fullback Mykell Benson. However, the third quarter would get no better as the Force would only have one more possession and that would end with a sack of Archer in the end-zone for a safety. The Rush would end the quarter on a 23-0 scoring streak to pull within 13, but the Force were still up 56-43.
Fullback Mykell Benson would get the Force back on track to start the fourth. The big bruiser from UMass would score his third touchdown of the game when he took the pitch on third and goal from the Rush three and bulldozed his way to the end-zone. The defense would then come alive. With three minutes remaining and the Rush threatening, Kris Cooke would cause Rush quarterback Russ Michna to fumble (Michna's fifth turnover of the game) and Caleb Bostic would rumble 35 yards to set up a first and goal at the Rush five for the Force. The very next play, Larry Shipp would score his second touchdown of the game as he took the end-around toss from Archer and would go in untouched to extend the Force lead to 27. Chicago would add a touchdown in the final minute but the Force would go on to win 70-49.
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game: Brandon McRae, Georgia
Riddell Defensive Player of the Game: Kelvin Morris, Chicago
JLS Ironman of the Game: Mykell Benson, Georgia
AFL Playmaker of the Game: Brandon McRae, Georgia
Cutters Catch of the Game: Brandon McRae's touchdown rolling over the boards
Spalding Highlight of the Game: Brandon McRae's touchdown rolling over the boards
National Guard MVP: RJ Archer, Georgia
The Force will be on the road next weekend, facing the Orlando Predators at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on Friday, April 20th at 7:00 p.m. EST.