Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
“It was exciting,” Valor Head Coach Dean Cokinos said after the game. “I think the fans enjoyed it. This is what arena football is. It usually comes down to the last play.”
“Good to finally pull one of these close ones out. As we mentioned earlier going into the game, from our very first game we played Baltimore here to this game tonight we had 12 different players playing tonight. Being an experienced team and then having to build a core and then having to revamp your team midseason with new players and rookies. That’s kind of what we have been doing all year is building. We’ve played a lot of tight games just like this that we haven’t captured a win, so for our players first and foremost, the organization second and the fans it was finally good to pull one of these games out. It was exciting and I think the fans enjoyed it and this is what arena football is. It usually comes down to the last play. I think our fans and our organization got a good taste of arena football tonight. Baltimore played extremely hard, we have to credit them. They are our brothers in the organization. They’ve been playing really well too.”
Baltimore put up one more drive in the final three seconds that saw their two receivers make a catch close to the end zone and and then try a flea flicker to try and get into the end zone ended with no luck and the Valor escaping another close game, only this one was one that finally went their way.
The 64 total points were the fewest scored in an AFL game this season and the 34 points by the Valor were the fewest by a winning team this season.