Knights 24, Galaxy 21
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ Kendall Trainor’s 32-yard field goal as time ran out gave the New York-New Jersey Knights a 24-21 victory over the Frankfurt Galaxy Saturday night in the WLAF.
Trainor’s first attempt from 37 yards was wide, but the Knights got another chance on the play when Frankfurt’s Cedric Stallworth was called for running into the kicker.
It was the first win in five games this season for the defending North American East Division champions and temporarily moves them out of last place pending the outcome of Sunday’s Ohio-San Antonio game. Frankfurt drops to 2-3, two games behind Barcelona in the European Division.
The Knights began the winning drive on their own 16 with 1:46 remaining. Quarterback Doug Pederson found Monty Gilbreath for 15 yards on a third-and- 10, then hit Kip Lewis for 18 yards to put the ball on the Galaxy 41. Chris McLemore then rushed for 8 and 13 yards to the 20 with seven seconds left, setting up the winning field goal.
Pederson, a third-string quarterback who got the start when Reggie Slack and Brent Pease were hurt last week against Orlando, completed 18 of 39 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns. Frankfurt’s Alex Espinoza, who was starting for the injured Mike Perez, completed 10 of 18 for 169 yards.
New York-New Jersey took a 21-14 lead early in the third quarter when McLemore took a screen pass from Pederson and went 67 yards for a touchdown.
Frankfurt came back on Tony Baker’s 4-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter.
The Galaxy drive started at their own 45 and a 26-yard pass from Espinoza to Baker gave Frankfurt a first down at the 1. The Knights held on the first two downs, but a personal foul penalty gave Frankfurt a first down at the 4. Baker scored two plays later.
The Knights led 14-0 before Frankfurt’s offense got on the field. After taking the opening kickoff, New York-New Jersey drove 65 yards, capped by Eric Wilkerson’s 4-yard touchdown run.
On the ensuing kickoff, Baker didn’t get control of the ball and fumbled at the 15. Cornell Burbage recovered for the Knights at the 17.
On third-and-4 at the 11, Pederson’s pass over the middle deflected off Burbage in the end zone and into the hands of Lonnie Turner for a touchdown.
Two Knights turnovers enabled Frankfurt to tie it in the second quarter. Early in the period, Pederson fumbled after being hit by Kevin Wolfolk and Timothy Broady picked up the ball and ran 23 yards for the touchdown.
On New York-New Jersey’s next possession, Wilkerson fumbled after a pass reception and Pat Moorer’s recovery gave the Galaxy possession at the Knights’ 24. Four plays later, Espinoza hit Chad Fortune with a 7-yard touchdown pass.