Surge 14, Machine 7
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ Relying on one of the WLAF’s best defenses, the Sacramento Surge defeated the Montreal Machine 14-7 Saturday, keeping the Surge the only unbeaten team in the West Division.
Sacramento (3-0) scored the winning touchdown on a 1-yard plunge by Mike Pringle with 2:11 left in the game, breaking a 7-7 tie. The touchdown was set up by a 37-yard pass play from David Archer to Carl Parker to give the Surge a first down at the Machine 4. Pringle carried for 3 yards before scoring over right guard.
Sacramento’s first drive ended in a 17-yard touchdown pass from Archer to Stefon Adams.
Montreal, 1-2 in the East Division, previously lost 21-14 to Sacramento in the WLAF’s ″tiebreaker″ game three weeks ago.
The loss was frustrating for the Machine since Montreal had many opportunities, only to see them fall short.
″They made the plays when they had to and we didn’t,″ said Montreal coach Jacques Dussault. ″We could have won the game just as they did.″
Montreal outgained Sacramento 336 yards to 228 and had six more first downs, 19-13. The Machine held the Surge to 70 yards rushing.
″It’s always nice to win, even when your offense isn’t going that well,″ said Archer, who completed 11 of 25 passes for 184 yards. ″I think everyone on offense has to sit down and evaluate themselves and see if they did everything they could.″
Frustrated for three quarters, the Machine tied the game 7-7 with 12:03 to play on a 2-yard run by Ricky Johnson, who gained 117 yards on 17 carries. Johnson also led Montreal in receptions with six catches for 56 yards.
Montreal tried to rally late in the game, starting at its 15. Led by quarterback Anthony Dilweg, who replaced starter Michael Pringle late in the first half, the Machine moved to the Sacramento 24 with three seconds left. But on Montreal’s final play, defensive end Mike Sinclair sacked Dilweg to end the game.
While Sacramento’s offense continued to struggle for a second straight week, the Surge defense continued to shine. In three games, Sacramento has given up just 19 points.