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AAF Week 3 scores, highlights, updates: Fleet, Iron both win easily; Trent Richardson gets three more TDs



The first two games of Week 3 gave us surprises, but Sunday's action was more lopsided than both favorites won easily. The Birmingham Iron got things off to a dominant start with a 28-12 victory at Atlanta. The Legends dropped to 0-3 in the year and are in serious trouble in failing to find an identity. Then in the second game of the evening, the San Diego Fleet got revenge for their Week 1

loss to San Antonio Commanders with a victory of 31-11. The Fleet has now won two games in a row while the Commanders are on a two-game slide.

Saturday has featured the first real "upset" of the season with the Salt Lake Stallions, a 4.5-point home dog, getting their first win of the year over the Arizona Hotshots. Then, with quarterback Zach Mettenberger coming off the bench, the Memphis Express gave the Orlando Apollos everything they could handle in covering both the massive 15.5-point spread and forcing the under, though the Apollos did improve to 3-0.

CBS Sports was with you every step of the way through Sunday's games. Be sure to check below for the latest scores, highlights and updates.

Scores

Sunday
Birmingham Iron 28, Atlanta Legends 12 (Final)
San Diego Fleet 31, San Antonio Commanders 11 (Final)

Saturday
Salt Lake Stallions 23 , Arizona Hotshots 15
Orlando Apollos 21, Memphis Express 17

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Gardner's 83-yard run puts the Fleet up three touchdowns

After mustering just six points in Week 1 San Diego's offense has started to find himself. The Fleet is pulled away from the Commanders thanks to a monster 83-yard run from Fleet running back to Ja'Quan Gardner. Already up 22-8, Gardner shot up the middle through a massive hole through which you could have driven an 18-wheeler. San Antonio's defense has given up 51 points in the past two games.

A.J. Tarpley's pick-six pulls the Fleet ahead

If you miss the fascinating story of San Diego Fleet linebacker A.J. Tarpley, who gave up the NFL and spent two years on Wall Street, you can read it above in the links section. Against the Commanders, Tarpley is showing why he's giving professional football another go. Tarpley, a team captain, perfectly reads Logan Woodside's pass and picked it off, returning it all the way to a touchdown. The two-point conversion gave the Fleet a 14-8 lead.

INT, long bomb gives San Antonio the early lead

You can not get off to a much better start than San Antonio did against the Fleet. After an early interception on defense, Logan Woodside's quarterback commander has been capitalizing on a long bomb to Mekale McKay for a quick touchdown. The two-point conversion made it 8-0. It was a heck of a call right away from San Antonio and the kind of start of this team needed after an emotional loss to Orlando in Week 2.

Another Richardson touchdown gives the Iron some padding

Trent Richardson continues to be a work horse for the Iron Offense. His one-yard touchdown at the end of the third quarter, plus a catch of the backfield for a two-point conversion, gave Birmingham a 20-6 lead. That's what Richardson's fifth touchdown in the season is, and he's then added a sixth, his third of the game – so anyone with him in their fantasy team is pretty happy. The game went exactly like the Iron wanted: slow, steady suffocation that feels impossible from which to come back. Trend Richardson pulls Birmingham ahead

Truth be told, The Iron was outplayed by the Legends in the first half, but a big-time defensive pass interference penalty against Atlanta flipped the field and gave Birmingham's offense a great field position. After getting the ball into the red zone, the Iron lean is running back to Trent Richardson to barrel ahead for his fourth touchdown in the season. Richardson has not been breaking out on big runs, but he's going to move piles and get tough, necessary yards.

Iron goal-line sets the tone

You're not going to believe this, but the Iron and Legends are in a rock fight. The line for this game was opened at 40 and even dropped a couple of points. That still might be a generous point total. Though the Legends have thoroughly won the time of possession and generally moved the ball well, the "Iron Curtain" came through in the first quarter with a huge goal-line stand to keep the Legends off the board. Frankly speaking, Atlanta quarterback Matt Simms had Bug Howard open in the end zone if he made the throw sooner, but as it was, the Legends took off nearly 10 minutes before coming up empty.

One of the Legends' leading rushers is ruled inactive

Atlanta will play its first home game of the season without leading the running back of Tarean Folston, who is listed as inactive (reason not disclosed) for today's matchup against the Iron. Folston leads the team with 18 carries and is the second-rusher with 52 yards. With Folston listed as inactive, expect the Legends to go with a heavy dose of Akrum Wadley and Lawrence Pittman.


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