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    Baltimore Burn 2044/45



    Baltimore, MD (AP): The Baltimore Burn finished last season with a 12-4 record and 2nd place in the NC East. The Burn defeated the Atlanta Arsenal on the road by the final score of 24-23 in the Wildcard Round of the NC Playoffs to advance to the Divisional Round of the NC Playoffs. The Burn traveled to play the Hartford Diesel in the Divisional Round of the NC Playoffs and were defeated by the final score of 41-10 to bring their season to an end. This marked the 3rd straight season that the Burn reached the Divisional Round of the NC Playoffs. Their GM stepped down at the end of the season and the Burn reached out to Al Flynn who had been the GM of the San Francisco Knights from 2034-2037. The Knights made it to the NC Playoffs two of those seasons (2035 and 2036) and had a record of 34-30 record in that time span. Some are skeptical of what he can do with the Burn while others point out he had brought the Knights back to a respectable team in his span there. Time will tell what he can do with the team. Al Flynn had these comments, "I am coming into a different situation this time around and this team should be in the running from the start. I am very excited about the players we have here and we will continue to build upon the Playoff caliber team that we have in place!"


    Burn Head Coach, Jessie Knight retired at the end of last season and they brought in Nicky Carlson as their new Head Coach. Carlson has been coaching in the USFL for 14 seasons. He was Defensive Coordinator of the Atlanta Arsenal the past two seasons. Some have questioned the move as he has gone 29-69 in his career as Head Coach of the Texas Bobcats, Fargo Freeze, and Richmond Generals. Burn GM, Al Flynn is totally behind the hire and has decided that the discipline that Nicky Carlson brings to this team will get them where they want to be as a team. Burn Offensive Coordinator Ben Sobieski was retained as was Defensive Coordinator Wade Roberson. Assistant Head Coach Zachery Sanderson was let go and Quarterbacks Coach Leon Fitzgerald was promoted to Assistant Head Coach. Strength Coordinator Dean Coyle was let go and Daniel Martinez was brought in from the Wichita Harvesters to be the new Strength Coordinator of the Burn. Burn GM, Al Flynn has the utmost confidence in the Coaching Staff and feels they will get this team to where he envisions the team to be for the foreseeable future. The Burn faithful aren't as confident and have taken to the air waves to voice concern about the Coaching Staff.


    The Burn slapped the Franchise tag on G Thurman Suckle and then extended his contract 3 years. The Burn went to work restructuring the contracts of QB Travis Stephens, ILB Caden Starks, TE Graham Cortez, OLB Dave Baxter, FB Erick Strickland, WR Burt Kroinek, S Lukas Troglia, C Brantley Lake, RB Winston Vedros, OLB Taylor Thornton, ILB Sherman Robbins, DT Zack Stargell, WR Reuben Hammond, and S Edward Gallo. They also got good news when the City of Baltimore worked with the team on a renovation plan with the team to ensure they would have a better place to play and a place to stay. Burn GM, Al Flynn played a huge role in the negotiations and fans are excited over the news. RB Tommy Flannery decided to hold out of training camp and Al Flynn publicly criticized him. Flynn told anyone who would listen that this guy is not worth the kind of money that he's asking for and that he wouldn't budge on someone who hasn't proved himself to him. Flannery ended the holdout and returned for the start of the Pre-season. There may be some bad blood between Flannery and management, but winning games and producing on the field may be the solution between the two. They can't allow it to become a distraction this season!


    The Burn signed the following Free-Agents: C Tony Humphrey (ORL), FB Giovanni Patton (UDFA), P Archie Langford (UDFA), ILB Preston Kelley (UDFA), OLB Rod McCarty (UDFA), OLB Cody Meyer (UDFA), CB J.T. DeJesus (UDFA), CB Malcom Gadget (UDFA), K Dylan Westbrook (SFO), DE Myles Juckett (UDFA), CB Marco Oliver (UDFA), WR Andre Kelley (UDFA), G Mel McConnell (UDFA), T Rickey Hancock (UDFA), and CB Duane Workman (UDFA). T Wayne Day was released to cut down to 60 players for the Pre-season!


    The Burn went 3-1 in the Pre-season and sat many of their starters out of the final Pre-season game. They looked good out there, but Championships are not won in Pre-season and the games don't count. There's a lot for the fans to be optimistic about, but the players now must go out there and make things happen now that the Regular Season is upon us. Can this team make it back to the NC Playoffs? Can they get over the hump of the Divisional Round of the NC Playoffs and make a run at their 2nd Walker Bowl? Time will tell, but everyone is eager to see which direction this team is headed!

    Baltimore Burn Injury Report
    ILB Preston Kelley: Abdominal Strain (Doubtful)
    C Tony Humphrey: Sprained Lateral Knee Ligament (Probable)
    OLB Sherman Robbins: Knee Tendinitis (Probable)


    Baltimore Burn Injured Reserve
    None

    NC East STANDINGS

    Baltimore Burn (0-0)
    Boston Killer Bees (0-0)
    Erie Phantoms (0-0)
    Hartford Diesel (0-0)
    Last edited by aef027; 06-17-2017, 11:56 AM.
    Al Flynn
    Baltimore Burn GM

  • #2
    Burn 2044/45 Draft - Rounds 1-3


    1.28 G Jay Goodwin, 6'5" 319lbs, Oregon State Beavers (37/72)



    2.10 DE Brant Corcoran, 6'1" 292lbs, Indiana Hoosiers (34/58)



    3.28 QB Nolan Palmer, 6'3" 229lbs, Ohio State Buckeyes (16/47)
    Al Flynn
    Baltimore Burn GM

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    • #3
      Burn 2044/45 Draft - Rounds 4-7

      * The Burn did not have a 4th or 5th Round Selection this season.



      6.28 RB Roman Coutant, 5'8" 218lbs, North Carolina A&T Aggies (29/47)



      7.28 WR Brian Tollefson, 5'11" 189lbs, Clemson Tigers (26/36)


      * The Burn cut the following players to get down to a legal 53-man roster for the Regular Season: K Leland Jenkins, CB Doug Copeland, QB Tucker Graber, DE Zip Campbell, RB Karl Seward, G Mel McConnell, and CB Roman Collier.
      Last edited by aef027; 03-02-2017, 05:23 PM.
      Al Flynn
      Baltimore Burn GM

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      • #4
        Al, welcome back to the league. Great review!
        Don Helsel
        GM - Atlanta Arsenal

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        • #5
          Thanks. It's the only way I can get into my teams.
          Al Flynn
          Baltimore Burn GM

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          • #6
            Awesome stuff Al.


            Sal
            Minnesota Norsemen GM
            Ebay: salspremiumgoods
            Specialize in high end sports cards (Football mostly)

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            • #7
              Week 1: Phantoms (0-0) @ Burn (0-0)

              Baltimore Burn 2044/45








              Baltimore, MD (AP): The Baltimore Burn hosted the Erie Phantoms in a NC East showdown to kickoff the season. Last season, the Burn finished with a 12-4 record and 2nd place in the NC East. The Burn defeated the Atlanta Arsenal on the road by the final score of 24-23 in the Wildcard Round of the NC Playoffs to advance to the Divisional Round of the NC Playoffs. The Burn lost on the road to the Hartford Diesel by the final score of 41-10 in the Divisional Round of the NFC Playoffs to bring their season to an end. It marked the 3rd straight trip to the NC Playoffs and the 3rd time they were defeated in the Divisional Round of the NC Playoffs. The Burn are eager to make it back into the NC Playoffs and make it further. Last season, the Phantoms finished with a 9-7 record and 3rd place in the NC East. This marked the 4th straight year that the Erie Phantoms missed out on the NC Playoffs. Who would start the season off strong with a divisional win?

              In the 1st Quarter, the Burn struck first when FB Erick Strickland caught a 3 yard TD pass from QB Travis Stephens, which gave his team a 7-0 lead. The Burn extended their lead on a RB Winston Vedros 13 yard TD run, which made the score 14-0. The Phantoms responded and cut into the lead when WR Stevie Lang caught a 3 yard TD pass from QB Alfredo Clements, which made the score 14-7. In the 2nd Quarter, the Phantoms Defense came up huge and tied the game when CB Ray May returned an Interception 37 yards for a TD, which made the score 14-14. The Burn responded and regained the lead when RB Toby Clancy caught a 2 yard TD pass from QB Travis Stephens, which made the score 21-14. The Burn extended their lead when WR Wyatt Mauricia caught an 80 yard TD pass from QB Travis Stephens, which made the score 28-14. With less than 20 seconds remaining in the Half, the Burn pulled away on a K Dylan Westbrook 28 yard FG, which made the score 31-14. The Burn led 31-14 at Halftime. In the 3rd Quarter, the Burn pushed further away when WR Wyatt Mauricia caught a 20 yard TD pass from QB Travis Stephens, which made the score 38-14. In the 4th Quarter, the Burn continued the rout when TE Jerald Ellison caught a 17 yard TD pass from QB Travis Stephens, which made the score 45-14. With two minutes remaining in the game, the Phantoms cut into the lead when WR Julian Sullivan caught a 39 yard TD pass from QB Alfredo Clements. The Phantoms failed to convert on the two-point conversion, which made the score 45-20. With a little over a minute remaining in the game, the Phantoms cut further into the lead on a K Lincoln Zelenka 34 yard FG, which made the score 45-23. The Burn torched the Phantoms by the final score of 45-23! Burn QB Travis Stephens was named MVP as he completed 32 of 40 passes (80%) for 423 yards with 5 TD's and an INT. Stephens also rushed 6 times for 32 yards (5.3 Ypc). The Burn get off to a hot start with a win at home over a divisional foe. The Burn (1-0) travel to play the Fargo Freeze (1-0) next week. Can the Burn find a way to keep things hot with a win on the road or will the freeze put their plans on ice with a win at home?

              Burn Head Coach, Nicky Carlson had these comments after the game, "It feels great winning your first game as Head Coach of a new team against a divisional foe. We still have a long way to go, so I can't get too caught up in the moment. We jumped ahead, but found ourselves tied in a quick turn of events near the end of the 1st Quarter/beginning of the 2nd Quarter. Our guys never lost focus and were encouraging each other on the sidelines once the Phantoms got right back in it. It was great to see the guys picking each other up and not falling apart early. We rallied and put the pressure back on the Phantoms. We were able to regain control of the game and put points on the scoreboard before the Half and our crowd was rocking out there. Our fans got our energy up and the guys delivered. Our Offense was explosive out there and the Defense did their part to slow down the Phantoms today. The game was never really in doubt and that's a great way to start the season. We travel to play the Fargo Freeze next week and we're in for an early challenge. This will be a gauge of where we are early on and what we need to do to continue to improve. We have to do a better job protecting the ball next week. We can't give those guys any extra opportunities. Their crowd can get fired up and we need to find a way to silence them. We need to come in strong and take the game to them. If we can hit on a big play or force a turnover; that can go a long way towards winning the game. We will be ready to go come game time and we're expecting a battle out there. We will leave it all out on the field and win or lose; nobody will be able to say it wasn't for lack of effort. Our guys are hungry and have something to prove!"

              Baltimore Burn Injury Report
              ILB Preston Kelley: Abdominal Strain (Doubtful)
              C Tony Humphrey: Sprained Lateral Knee Ligament (Probable)
              TE Jerald Ellison: Sprained Rotator Cuff (Probable)

              Baltimore Burn Injured Reserve
              None

              NC East STANDINGS
              Baltimore Burn (1-0)
              Boston Killer Bees (1-0)
              Hartford Diesel (0-1)
              Erie Phantoms (0-1)
              Al Flynn
              Baltimore Burn GM

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              • #8
                Week 2: Burn (1-0) @ Freeze (1-0)

                
                Baltimore Burn 2044/45


                Baltimore, MD (AP): The Baltimore Burn traveled to play the Fargo Freeze. The Burn were entering the game off a 45-23 home win over the Erie Phantoms and were looking to gain momentum with a win on the road. The Freeze were entering the game off an 18-15 road win over the Minnesota Norsemen and were also looking to build momentum with a win at home. This would be a test for both teams. Who would prevail in the end?


                In the 1st Quarter, the Burn struck first when WR Brian Tollefson caught a 7 yard TD pass from QB Travis Stephens, which gave his team a 7-0 lead. In the 2nd Quarter, the Freeze responded and cut into the lead on a K Scott Sturgis 39 yard FG, which made the score 7-3. The Burn responded and extended their lead on a K Dylan Westbrook 38 yard FG, which made the score 10-3. The Freeze responded and tied the game when TE Rickey Atkins caught a 16 yard TD pass from QB T.J. Collins, which made the score 10-10. At the end of the 1st Half, the Burn responded and regained their lead on a K Dylan Westbrook 26 yard FG, which made the score 13-10. In the 3rd Quarter, the Freeze responded and tied the game on a K Scott Sturgis 46 yard FG, which made the score 13-13. The Burn responded and regained their lead when TE Graham Cortez caught a 63 yard TD pass from QB Travis Stephens, which made the score 20-13. In the 4th Quarter, the Burn extended their lead on a K Dylan Westbrook 20 yard FG, which made the score 23-13. The Freeze responded and cut into the lead when WR Damian Hoffer caught a 5 yard TD pass from QB T.J. Collins, which made the score 23-20. The Freeze tied the game on a K Scott Sturgis 20 yard FG, which made the score 23-23. At the End of Regulation; the score was tied 23-23 and this game was headed to OT. In OT, the Burn won the game on a K Dylan Westbrook 26 yard FG, which made the final score 26-23! Burn K Dylan Westbrook was named MVP as he connected on 4 of 4 FG's (100%) with a long of 38 yards and scored 14 of the Burn 26 points. The Burn are off to a 2-0 start and host the Northern Crusaders (0-2) next week. Can the Burn keep their win streak going strong with a win at home or will the Crusader find a way to win on the road to gain their 1st win of the season?


                Burn Head Coach, Nicky Carlson had these comments after the game, "We got lucky out there today. We had the momentum and almost threw the game away at the end. We need to play tighter out there. Mistakes can kill your chances to win and it's even more important on the road against a talented team like the Freeze. Turning the ball over 4 times is just unacceptable. A veteran QB like Travis (Stephens) can't force plays. He knows better. He wants to win badly and that's great, but you need to know when to take sacks or throw the ball away. I'm not overly concerned. We know how good he is and just made a few mistakes out there. It's early in the season and guys are still trying to get into rhythm. The man still threw for 363 yards and is off to an awesome start, so I won't critique him too much. At the end of the day; the USFL is about wins and losses. We are on an early roll. Our lack of a run game and inefficiency in the Red Zone this week were more concerning to me. We left a lot of point off the board and need to maximize our opportunities. Points don't come easy at this level and we need all of them to get to where we want to be as a team. Defensively, we were solid in the 1st Half and not so much in the 2nd Half. We need to play 60 minutes out there and can't get lackadaisical. We got some good pressure and it resulted in 3 sacks today. We will continue to practice hard and get where we need to be. This is a special group of guys and we aspire to be great. Next week we have the Northern Crusaders coming to time and they are desperate to get into the win column. We need to go out there and go at them hard. We need to deny them the opportunity. They are on our turf and we need to defend it at all cost. Hopefully we will be more explosive on Offense like we were back in Week 1. Most of all; I'd like to see consistency. That and mistake free football is what drives teams to Glory! We will be ready to go and these guys are hungry to get back on the field. We will get our fans behind us and put on a show. We're ready and very confident in ourselves!"


                Baltimore Burn Injury Report
                S Edward Galio: Hyperextended Knee (OUT)
                ILB Caden Starks: Strained Calf Muscle (OUT)
                LS Samuel Bush: Arthritis (Doubtful)
                ILB Preston Kelley: Abdominal Strain (Questionable)
                C Tony Humphrey: Sprained Lateral Knee Ligament (Probable)
                G Thurman Suckle: Broken Thumb (Probable)
                TE Jerald Ellison: Sprained Rotator Cuff (Probable)


                Baltimore Burn Injured Reserve
                None


                NC East STANDINGS
                Baltimore Burn (2-0)
                Boston Killer Bees (2-0)
                Erie Phantoms (1-1)
                Hartford Diesel (0-2)
                Last edited by aef027; 03-12-2017, 02:04 PM.
                Al Flynn
                Baltimore Burn GM

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                • #9
                  Week 3: Crusaders (0-2) @ Burn (2-0)

                  Baltimore Burn 2044/45




                  Baltimore, MD (AP): The Baltimore Burn hosted the Northern Crusaders. The Burn were entering the game on a 2 game win streak and were looking to notch their 3rd straight with a win at home. The Crusaders were entering the game on a 2 game losing streak and were looking to get into the win column for the first time this season on the road. Would the Burn keep their momentum going strong with a win at home or would the Crusaders find a way to steal one with a win on the road to get that notch in the win column?


                  In the 1st Quarter, the Crusaders struck first on a K Vince Rowe 30 yard FG, which gave his team a 3-0 lead. The Burn responded and gained the lead on a RB Toby Clancy 7 yard TD run, which gave his team a 7-3 lead. In the 2nd Quarter, the Burn extended their lead on a RB Winston Vedros 3 yard TD run, which made the score 14-3. The Burn further extended their lead when WR Brian Tollefson caught a 4 yard TD pass from QB Travis Stephens, which made the score 21-3. The Burn began to run away with the game on a RB Toby Clancy 4 yard TD run, which made the score 28-3. The Burn led 28-3 at Halftime. In the 3rd Quarter, the Crusaders cut into the lead on a K Vince Rowe 32 yard FG, which made the score 28-6. In the 4th Quarter, the Crusaders cut further into the lead when WR Horace Tremmel caught a 10 yard TD pass from QB Jordan Skrepenak, which made the score 28-13. The Burn responded and cut into the lead on a K Dylan Westbrook 38 yard FG, which made the score 31-13. With a minute remaining in the game, the Burn capped off their scoring on a RB Winston Vedros 11 yard TD run, which made the score 38-13. The Burn lit the Crusaders up by the final score of 38-13! Burn QB Travis Stephens was named MVP as he completed 19 of 25 passes (76%) for 205 yards with a TD and rushed 9 times for 56 yards (6.2 Ypc). The Burn remain unbeaten after the win at home and sit atop the NC East. The Burn (3-0) travel to play the Seattle Stingrays (1-2) next week. Can the Burn remain undefeated with a win on the road or will the Stingrays get back to .500 with a win at home?


                  Burn Head Coach, Nicky Carlson had these comments after the game, "The good news is that we found a way to win on the road. The bad news is that our Offense was too inconsistent this week. We expect more from our guys and they didn't step up as well as we would have liked this week. We did take advantage of all our opportunities and put up points in the Red Zone. We also put the ball on the turf 3 times and need to do much better when it comes to securing the ball. Luckily, we got to the ball before the Crusaders, but being careless with the ball is a good way to lose games in the USFL. We plan to work on ball security this week. We've been a bit lax this season and we can't continue to play like that. We allowed 3 sacks and need to do a better job up front. Overall, I feel our Offense played poorly out there no matter what the final score looks like and we need to get better. Defensively, we didn't get pressure this week, but we made good stops out there. We held them to less points than we scored and that's what we need to continue doing. We won the game, but the effort seemed a little lacking this week. We will work harder in practice this week and we can't afford to overlook anyone at this level. We have the team to make it a long way this year, but we can't afford to get ahead of ourselves. Next week we travel to play the Seattle Stingrays and have a shot at a 4-0 start. That's what we need to focus on. They are the next team on our schedule and it's a game I want us to win. The guys have confidence, but I just hope it isn't too much that they forget the overall mission this season. Our goal is to make a run and find a way past the Divisional Round of the NC Playoffs, which has been this team's end point the past two seasons. To get to that level of performance; we need to tighten up our game and play serious. I spoke to the team at length and the guys are fired up and looking to step it up next week. We will leave it all out on the field and we're confident about next week's game. We now have to go out there and show it on the field. Talk doesn't win games...It takes performance out on the field!"


                  Baltimore Burn Injury Report
                  ILB Caden Starks: Strained Calf Muscle (OUT)
                  LS Samuel Bush: Arthritis (Doubtful)
                  ILB Dave Baxter: Pulled Groin (Questionable)
                  S Edward Galio: Hyperextended Knee (Questionable)
                  C Tony Humphrey: Sprained Lateral Knee Ligament (Probable)
                  G Thurman Suckle, Broken Thumb (Probable)
                  TE Jerald Ellison: Sprained Rotator Cuff (Probable)


                  Baltimore Burn Injured Reserve
                  None


                  NC East STANDINGS
                  Baltimore Burn (3-0)
                  Boston Killer Bees (3-0)
                  Erie Phantoms (2-1)
                  Hartford Diesel (0-3)
                  Al Flynn
                  Baltimore Burn GM

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                  • #10
                    Week 4: Burn (3-0) @ Stingrays (1-2)

                    Baltimore Burn 2044/45






                    Baltimore, MD (AP): The Baltimore Burn traveled to play the Seattle Stingrays. The Burn were unbeaten after 3 and were looking to notch their 4th straight on the road. The Stingrays were entering the contest on a 2-game losing streak and were looking to get back on track with a win at home. Would the Burn remain undefeated with a win on the road or would the Stingrays prevail at home?


                    In the 1st Quarter, the Burn struck first on a K Dylan Westbrook 20 yard FG, which gave his team a 3-0 lead. In the 2nd Quarter, the Burn extended their lead on a K Dylan Westbrook 20 yard FG, which made the score 6-0. The Stingrays responded and gained the lead on a RB Renaldo Welch 52 yard TD run, which made the score 7-6. At the end of the Half, the Burn responded and regained the lead on a K Dylan Westbrook 29 yard FG, which made the score 9-7. The Burn led 9-7 at Halftime. In the 3rd Quarter, the Burn extended their lead when RB Winston Vedros caught a 14 yard TD pass from QB Travis Stephens, which made the score 16-7. The Burn extended their lead when FB Erick Strickland caught a 4 yard TD pass from QB Travis Stephens, which made the score 23-7. In the 4th Quarter, the Stingrays responded and cut into the lead on a K Buddy Covington 19 yard FG, which made the score 23-10. The Stingrays cut further into the lead when WR Arnie Vesser caught a 24 yard TD pass from QB Russell Parrish, which made the score 23-17. With less than a minute remaining in the game, the Stingrays regained the lead when WR Marcus Mugica caught a 2 yard TD pass from Russell Parrish, which made the score 24-23. On the final play of the game, the Burn found a way to remain undefeated on a K Dylan Westbrook 53 yard FG, which made the final score 26-24. Burn QB Travis Stephens was named MVP as he completed 27 of 38 passes (71.1%) for 369 yards with 2 TD's and rushed 4 times for 22 yards (5.5 Ypc). The Burn remain perfect on the season and are off to a hot 4-0 start. The Burn (4-0) host the San Francisco Knights (2-2) next week. Can the Burn ride their momentum to another win at home or will the Knights bring their win streak to an end with a victory on the road?


                    Burn Head Coach, Nicky Carlson had these comments after the game, "We gain another impressive win, but we didn't take advantage on our opportunities very well and we let them rally late. We found a way to dig down deep at the end and willed our way to victory. We are playing top notch football this season for the most part and our confidence is through the roof. We left a lot of points off the board this week and it almost cost us the game. We need to put the ball into the End Zone when we get that close. Settling for FG's within the 5 yard line is very disappointing considering how explosive our team can be. We need to work on our tactics and drive the ball home. We also put the ball on the ground way too much for my liking this week. Ball security can make or break a team. The guys continued to rally and fought hard to pull this one out at the end. I am proud of their resilience. Our guys don't lack heart or confidence, so I still think we can go a long way this season. You don't teach character and this team has a lot. We host the San Francisco Knights (2-2) next week and we need to find a way to take them down to remain undefeated. We have a tough division, so every game counts out there. We have a slight edge, but the Boston Killer Bees (3-0) are right there on our tails. We need to go out there and take care of business. We can't worry about what other teams are doing or not doing. It's up to us to secure the wins and let things fall where they may. Hard work and focus will ensure best results on the field and that's what we continue to preach. I couldn't have asked to take over a better bunch. These guys are behind one another and leave it out on the field each week. We'd play the next game anywhere if we could and we're ready right now. We need to harness the emotion and energy until we host the Knights. Our fans are in for a great game!"


                    Baltimore Burn Injury Report
                    LS Samuel Bush: Arthritis (Doubtful)
                    C Brantley Lee: Broken Hand (Questionable)
                    S Edward Galio: Hyperextended Knee (Questionable)
                    ILB Caden Starks: Strained Calf Muscle (Probable)
                    ILB Dave Baxter: Pulled Groin (Probable)
                    C Tony Humphrey: Sprained Lateral Knee Ligament (Probable)
                    G Thurman Suckle, Broken Thumb (Probable)
                    TE Graham Cortez, Sprained Knee (Probable)
                    TE Jerald Ellison: Sprained Rotator Cuff (Probable)


                    Baltimore Burn Injured Reserve
                    None


                    NC East STANDINGS
                    Baltimore Burn (4-0)
                    Boston Killer Bees (3-0)
                    Erie Phantoms (2-2)
                    Hartford Diesel (0-3)
                    Al Flynn
                    Baltimore Burn GM

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                    • #11
                      Week 5: Knights (2-2) @ Burn (4-0)

                      Baltimore Burn 2044/45






                      Baltimore, MD (AP): The Baltimore Burn hosted the San Francisco Knights. The Burn were entering the game on a 4 game unbeaten and were looking to remain that way with a win at home. The Knights were entering the game off a 16-13 home win over the Sacramento Rampage and were looking to gain momentum on the road. Would the Burn remain undefeated with a win at home or would the Rampage find a way to pull off a win on the road to land the Burn in the loss column for the 1st time this season?

                      In the 1st Quarter, the Burn struck first on a RB Winston Vedros 4 yard TD run, which gave his team a 7-0 lead. The Knights responded and tied the game when TE Kaden Fulton caught a 23 yard TD pass from QB Adam Gray, which made the score 7-7. In the 2nd Quarter, at the End of the Half, the Burn responded and regained the lead when WR Wyatt Mauricia caught a 54 yard TD pass from QB Travis Stephens, which made the score 14-7. The Burn led 14-7 at Halftime. In the 3rd Quarter, the Burn extended their lead on a K Dylan Westbrook 44 yard FG, which made the score 17-7. The Burn extended their lead when WR Wyatt Mauricia caught a 37 yard TD pass from QB Travis Stephens, which made the score 24-7. The Knights responded and cut into the lead on a K Nolan Begay 48 yard FG, which made the score 24-10. The Burn responded and pulled away when WR Brian Tollefson caught a 7 yard TD pass from QB Travis Stephens, which made the score 31-10. The Burn continued the rout on a RB Toby Clancy 10 yard TD run, which made the score 38-10. The Knights responded and cut into the lead when WR Nathaniel Schulters caught a 14 yard TD pass from QB Charles Bishop, which made the score 38-17. The Burn scorched the Knights by the final score of 38-17! Burn QB Travis Stephens was named MVP as he completed 24 of 31 passes (77.4%) for 326 yards with 3 TD's and an INT. Stephens also rushed 6 times for 31 yards (5.2 Ypc). The Burn remain undefeated after the win at home. The Burn (5-0) host the Boston Killer Bees (4-0) in a highly-anticipated NC East showdown next week. Can the Burn prevail at home to remain unbeaten atop the NC East or will the Killer Bees find a way to win on the road to remain unbeaten and gain the lead in the division?

                      Burn Head Coach, Nicky Carlson had these comments after the game, "Our aerial game was impressive once again and has played a huge part in winning games this season. We notch another victory and remain undefeated. We are playing at such a high level and morale is running high. We need to continue to perform the way we have been all season. We have a lot of faith in the system. We made explosive plays once again this week and it went a long way towards winning the game. We dominated the time of possession and were able to dictate the pace of the game. Picking up key 3rd down conversions was key out there. We're a hard team to beat when our Offense plays so efficiently. Defensively, we kept them off the scoreboard collectively, but nobody stood out for us. It's hard to complain with the final score being what it was. We have a huge game coming up next week. We host the Boston Killer Bees (4-0) in a NC West showdown and we're headed full speed at one another. We have a huge challenge in front of us and we're a confident bunch. We need to continue to do what we've been doing and not stray too far from the path. The key to pulling that off is to score fast and stay out front. We are a hungry team and we feel that we can go far this year. This will be a gauge of how realistic our expectations are. Those guys are just as hungry and are highly motivated. It's going to be a tough game and our fans are in for a treat. We need our fans to get into this game and bring the noise. We're excited about the game and ready to go. A win here will go very far when it comes to the end of the year standings. Neither team wants to give an inch and there will be no quarter for either side. It's time to prove that we are the real deal and come out with a win at all costs in front of our fans. We know we can do it, but we need to go out there and prove it!"

                      Baltimore Burn Injury Report
                      LS Samuel Bush: Arthritis (Doubtful)
                      S Edward Galio: Hyperextended Knee (Probable)
                      C Tony Humphrey: Sprained Lateral Knee Ligament (Probable)
                      C Brantley Lee: Broken Hand (Probable)
                      TE Jerald Ellison: Sprained Rotator Cuff (Probable)

                      Baltimore Burn Injured Reserve
                      None

                      NC East STANDINGS
                      Baltimore Burn (5-0)
                      Boston Killer Bees (4-0)
                      Erie Phantoms (2-3)
                      Hartford Diesel (0-4)
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                      Al Flynn
                      Baltimore Burn GM

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                      • #12
                        Week 6: Killer Bees (4-0) @ Burn (5-0)

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                        Baltimore, MD (AP): The Baltimore Burn hosted the Boston Killer Bees in a NC East showdown. The Burn were entering the game unbeaten after 5. The Killer Bees were also unbeaten after 4. This was a highly-anticipated game as well as for the NC East division lead. Would the Burn remain undefeated with a win at home or would the Killer Bees find a way to remain unbeaten with a win on the road?

                        In the 1st Quarter, the Burn struck first on a RB Toby Clancy TD run, which gave his team a 7-0 lead. The Killer Bees responded and cut into the lead on a K Theodore Wilcox 34 yard FG, which made the score 7-3. The Burn responded and extended their lead on a K Dylan Westbrook 33 yard FG, which made the score 10-3. In the 2nd Quarter, with less than 2 minutes remaining in the Half, the Burn extended their lead on a RB Winston Vedros 21 yard TD run, which made the score 17-3. The Burn led 17-3 at Halftime. In the 3rd Quarter, the Killer Bees cut into the lead when RB Lester Billmaier returned a punt 53 yards for a TD, which made the score 17-10. The Burn responded and extended their lead on a K Dylan Westbrook 36 yard FG, which made the score 20-10. The Burn extended their lead further when WR Wyatt Mauricia caught a 35 yard TD pass from QB Travis Stephens, which made the score 27-10. In the 4th Quarter, the Killer Bees responded and cut into the lead on a K Theodore Wilcox 45 yard FG, which made the score 27-13. With less than two minutes remaining in the game, the Burn responded and capped off their scoring on a K Dylan Westbrook 26 yard FG, which made the score 30-13. The Burn lit up the Killer Bees by the final score of 30-13! Burn QB Travis Stephens was named MVP as he completed 23 of 40 passes (57.5%) for 232 yards with a TD and rushed 10 times for 36 yards (3.6 Ypc). The Burn remain one of the two unbeaten teams in the USFL. The other team being the New York Blizzard over in the AC. The Burn appear to be on a mission this season and it remains to be seen who can beat them. The Burn have a BYE and have an extra week to prepare to host the Hartford Diesel in a NC East matchup. Can they make use of the BYE week or will it have an impact on their momentum?

                        Burn Head Coach, Nicky Carlson had these comments after the game, "We went out there and dictated the pace of this game from the start. Our passing game opened our run game and this allowed us to dominate the time of possession. It's hard for the other team when they get less touches. We maintained a balanced attack and it ended up being our run game that carried us today. Our Offense is explosive and versatile. The only knock on our team today would be not closing the deal in the Red Zone. We left a lot of points off the board and had to settle for too many FG's out there. We started our drives a lot deeper in our own territory, but moved the ball well. I have a great feeling about this team and our preparation heading into games has been top notch. We get a well-deserved rest next week, but we can't afford to get complacent. We are off to a great start, but it's a long season and nothing has been won yet. We don't want to get too full of ourselves or look too far ahead. We have a much bigger prize in sight. So far so good. We are pumped up and a very confident bunch. We don't want to lose that edge!"

                        Baltimore Burn Injury Report
                        LS Samuel Bush: Arthritis (Doubtful)
                        C Brantley Lake: Broken Hand (Probable)

                        Baltimore Burn Injured Reserve
                        None

                        NC East STANDINGS

                        Baltimore Burn (6-0)
                        Boston Killer Bees (4-1)
                        Erie Phantoms (3-3)
                        Hartford Diesel (0-5)
                        Al Flynn
                        Baltimore Burn GM

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                        • #13
                          Week 8: Diesel (0-6) @ Burn (6-0)

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                          Baltimore, MD (AP): The Baltimore Burn hosted the Hartford Diesel in a NC East matchup. The Burn were entering the game unbeaten after 6 and were looking to keep their momentum going strong with a win at home. The Diesel were entering the game winless after 6 and were desperate to get into the win column on the road. Would the Burn hold the Diesel off with a win at home to remain undefeated or would the Diesel find a way to steal one on the road to get into the win column for the 1st time this season?

                          In the 1st Quarter, the Diesel Defense came up huge when CB Richie Copperfield returned an Interception 78 yards for a TD, which gave his team a 7-0 lead. The Burn responded and tied the game when WR Wyatt Mauricia caught a 9 yard TD pass from QB Travis Stephens, which made the score 7-7. The Burn extended their lead on a K Dylan Westbrook 29 yard FG, which made the score 10-7. The Burn extended their lead on a RB Winston Vedros 43 yard TD run, which made the score 17-7. In the 2nd Quarter, with less than 10 seconds remaining in the Half, the Burn extended their lead on a K Dylan Westbrook 52 yard FG, which made the score 20-7. The Burn led 20-7 at Halftime. In the 3rd Quarter, the Diesel cut into the lead when WR Winfred Field caught a 3 yard TD pass from QB Deion Kirk, which made the score 20-14. The Burn responded and extended their lead on a K Dylan Westbrook 27 yard FG, which made the score 23-14. In the 4th Quarter, the Diesel responded and cut into the lead on a RB Mo Godfrey 5 yard TD run, which made the score 23-21. The Burn held on and slipped by with a 23-21 victory! Burn RB Winston Vedros was named MVP as he recorded 18 carries for 111 yards (6.2 Ypc) with a TD and hauled in 2 receptions for 22 yards (11 Ypc). The Burn remain undefeated after the win at home. The Burn (7-0) travel to play the Sacramento Rampage (2-5) next week. Can the Burn keep their momentum going strong with a win on the road or will the Rampage bring an end to a 2 game slide with a win at home?

                          Burn Head Coach, Nicky Carlson had these comments after the game, "I have mixed feelings about our performance today. We won and remain unbeaten, but we left them hang around for way too long and almost gave this one away. We need to finish off our opponents when we have such an advantage. We turned the ball over 3 times, but also forced 3 Turnovers. Our struggles today were in the Red Zone. We scored 13 points on 3 trips to the Red Zone and left points off the board. They found the End Zone on both of their trips to the Red Zone. We need to do a better job at getting the ball into the End Zone. We dominated the time of possession and most of the game was one sided in our favor, so it baffles me as to why the final score was so close. We can't afford to leave teams in the game. Credit has to be given to the Diesel though. They hung in there and were scrappy throughout the game. We couldn't break their will and they scared us all the way to the end. We could have easily let this game slip away, but our Defense stepped up on the final drive and put it away. Our Defense was all over them today and are the main reason we ended up holding on for the win. It was too close for comfort. We will review the game film and continue to grow as a team. We have a special group of players and our expectations are very high for the season. We feel that we are a contender for the Walker Bowl this season and we're out to prove it on the field!"

                          Baltimore Burn Injury Report
                          LS Samuel Bush: Arthritis (Doubtful)
                          OLB Dave Baxter: Hip Pointer (Questionable)
                          C Brantley Lake: Strained Triceps Muscle (Questionable)

                          Baltimore Burn Injured Reserve
                          None

                          NC East STANDINGS
                          Baltimore Burn (7-0)
                          Boston Killer Bees (6-1)
                          Erie Phantoms (5-3)
                          Hartford Diesel (0-7)
                          Al Flynn
                          Baltimore Burn GM

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                          • #14
                            Week 9: Burn (7-0) @ Rampage (2-5)

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                            Baltimore, MD (AP): The Baltimore Burn traveled to play the Sacramento Rampage. The Burn were entering the game unbeaten after 7 and looking to remain that way with a win on the road. The Rampage were entering the game on a 2 game losing streak and were looking to begin turning things around with a win at home. Would the Burn remain undefeated with a win on the road or would the Rampage get back into the win column and hand the Burn their 1st loss of the season at home?

                            In the 1st Quarter, the Burn struck first on a K Dylan Westbrook 31 yard FG, which gave his team a 3-0 lead. In the 2nd Quarter, the Burn extended their lead on a RB Toby Clancy 4 yard TD run, which made the score 10-0. With less than a minute remaining in the Half, the Burn extended their lead on a K Dylan Westbrook 30 yard FG, which made the score 13-0. The Burn led 13-0 at Halftime. In the 3rd Quarter, the Burn pulled away when WR Wyatt Mauricia caught an 11 yard TD pass from QB Travis Stephens, which made the score 20-0. The Burn continued the rout on a K Dylan Westbrook 48 yard FG, which made the score 23-0. In the 4th Quarter, the Burn closed out the game on a pair of K Dylan Westbrook FG's, which made the score 29-0. The Burn lit up the Rampage by the final score of 29-0. Burn QB Travis Stephens was named MVP as he completed 22 of 36 passes (61.1%) for 250 yards and a TD. The Burn remain undefeated after the shutout win on the road! The Burn (8-0) host the Portland Dragons (4-4) next week and will be looking to remain undefeated with a win at home. How long can these guys keep it going? Can anyone find a way to beat them?

                            Burn Head Coach, Nicky Carlson had these comments after the game, "It wasn't our best performance of the season, but it was more than enough to walk away victorious. We used our passing game to free up some room for our ground game. This allowed us to control the clock and dictate the pace of the game. We ended up tiring them out and rode it out to remain undefeated. We got after their QB and shutdown their passing game. We also held our ground and all but eliminated their run game. Strong Defense along with controlling the clock led us to victory out there today. We stalled at times on Offense. Unfortunately, this happened way too much for my liking in the Red Zone and we were held to 26 points on 7 trips to the Red Zone. We need to do a better job at finishing drives. It didn't matter that much today, but that can cost you down the line. We got a little too complacent and appeared to let up at times today. I want to see 60 minutes of effort. Putting in the hard work wins you championships. At this point, anything less would be disappointing. This team is way too good to fall short. We need to refocus and I want to see more effort from us next week. We host the Portland Dragons (4-4) next week and I want us to remain undefeated. We need to go out there and keep our head in the game. I don't want to see these guys let up again this season. We need to finish off our opponents all the time. I don't want to see that many squandered opportunities again. The guys are fired up, but I don't want the success to go to their heads. We need to be more consistent out there and run like a well-oiled machine. We still have a way to go, but I also can't deny that these guys have remained undefeated up to the midway point. We still have half a season to go and expectations around here are growing. We need to deliver on those expectations. We owe it to ourselves and the fans. We will be ready come game time and these men are on a mission!"

                            Baltimore Burn Injury Report
                            LS Samuel Bush: Arthritis (Doubtful)
                            T Corwin Poirier: Strained Hamstring (Questionable)
                            OLB Dave Baxter: Hip Pointer (Questionable)
                            C Brantley Lake: Strained Triceps Muscle (Probable)
                            T Burt Ferguson: Broken Figer (Probable)

                            Baltimore Burn Injured Reserve
                            None

                            NC East STANDINGS
                            Baltimore Burn (8-0)
                            Boston Killer Bees (7-1)
                            Erie Phantoms (5-3)
                            Hartford Diesel (1-7)
                            Al Flynn
                            Baltimore Burn GM

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                            • #15
                              Week 10: Dragons (4-4) @ Burn (8-0)

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                              Baltimore, MD (AP): The Baltimore Burn hosted the Portland Dragons. The Burn were unbeaten after 8 games and were looking to remain that way with a win at home. The Dragons were entering the game off a 16-9 home loss to the Boston Killer Bees and were looking to get back on track with a win on the road. Would the Burn remain undefeated with a win at home or would the Dragons find a way to win on the road to hand the Burn their first loss of the season?

                              In the 1st Quarter, the Dragons struck first on a K Deron Price 46 yard FG, which gave his team a 3-0 lead. In the 2nd Quarter, the Burn responded and gained the lead on a RB Winston Vedros TD run, which made the score 7-3. The Dragons responded and regained the lead on a RB Collin Dole 70 yard TD run, which made the score 10-7. The Dragons extended their lead on a K Deron Price 43 yard TD run, which made the score 13-7. The Dragons led 13-7 at Halftime. In the 3rd Quarter, neither team found a way to score. In the 4th Quarter, the Burn regained the lead when WR Brian Tollefson caught a 41 yard TD pass from QB Travis Stephens, which made the score 14-13. The Burn held on to slip by with a 14-13 victory to remain undefeated! Burn QB Travis Stephens was named MVP as he completed 27 of 40 passes (67.5%) fir 258 yards with a TD and rushed 11 times for 45 yards (4.1 Ypc). The Burn remain unbeaten. Can anyone stop them this year? The Burn (9-0) travel to play the Erie Phantoms (6-3) next week in a NC East showdown. The Burn defeated the Phantoms back in Week 1 by the final score of 45-23 to begin the season. Can the Burn sweep the Phantoms with a win on the road or will the Phantoms pay them back with a win at home this time around to hand the Burn their 1st loss of the season?

                              Burn Head Coach, Nicky Carlson had these comments after the game, "The little things in football make the difference between a win and a loss. Luckily, we found a way to take advantage of a slight opening late in the game to get back out front and stay there. We dominated the time of possession, but couldn't find a way to do much with it out there today. It wasn't our best performance, but winning is the most important thing in the USFL and we did just that. They ended up doing more with limited touches, but you'll have days like that I suppose. We still aren't where we need to be despite our record. I'd rather see consistency on Offense over splash plays. It's hard to argue too much when you are winning, but this style of play won't hold up in the NC Playoffs where the competition gets fiercer and teams get hungry for a Championship. We feel that we have the right team in place to make a run at it and expectations keep growing with each win. We know that we have a good football team, but we want to be remembered as great. There's only 1 way to make that happen and we need to keep putting in the work! We travel to play the Erie Phantoms next week in a NC East matchup. We know they are looking to get back at us and we're expecting a tough game against them. We need to remain focused and find a way to put them away. We need to make a big play early on and take their crowd out of the game. We have an explosive Offense at times and we need to find a way to harness that energy. It's been a little too sporadic at times and we need to reel it all in. We're fired up for our next opponents and they know we're coming. We'll leave it all out on the field and we're looking to remain undefeated!"

                              Baltimore Burn Injury Report
                              LS Samuel Bush: Arthritis (Doubtful)
                              SS Lukas Troglia: Sprained Knee (Questionable)
                              T Corwin Pointer: Strained Hamstring (Questionable)
                              OLB Dave Baxter: Hip Pointer (Probable)
                              T Burt Ferguson: Broken Figer (Probable)

                              Baltimore Burn Injured Reserve
                              None

                              NC East STANDINGS

                              Baltimore Burn (9-0)
                              Boston Killer Bees (7-2)
                              Erie Phantoms (6-3)
                              Hartford Diesel (1-8)
                              Al Flynn
                              Baltimore Burn GM

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