After a win on the road in Harrisburg, the Baltimore Mariners hosted the New Jersey Revolution in their 2010 home opener on Sunday. Baltimore put a beating on the American Indoor Football Association’s newest team, scoring 51 of their 68 points in the first half.
The Mariners jumped out to an early 7-0 lead when quarterback E.J. Nemeth threw a 35 yard touchdown shot to wide receiver Scorpio Brown. Just moments later, Baltimore tacked on another 6 on defense when defensive back Armar Watson returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown. We talked to Watson about the home opener and his AIFA record tying five interception night against New Jersey.
After putting together a 21 point first quarter, the Mariners commanded the second with 30 more points. E.J. Nemeth hit three Mariner receivers for TDs; Scorpio Brown, Jamal Stokes, and Aaron Yarbough, while running back Isiah Grier rushed for a 2 yard TD. Kicker J.R. Cipra also nailed two kick offs through the uprights, (1 point each according to AIFA rules).
Head Coach Chris Simpson decided to sit his starters for most the second half.
Baltimore went on to win 68-23. E.J. Nemeth finished the night 12 for 20 with 165 yards and five touchdowns. He also threw one pick. The Mariners’ defense stepped up with lots of pressure on the Revo’s line and quarterback. Fearon Wright totaled two sacks, two tackles for a loss, and a forced fumble.
“We made some necessary adjustments to our defense during the week, which gave us an advantage for this game,” Coach Simpson said.
The Mariners season continues on Sunday March 21st when they host the Fayetteville Guard at 4 PM at the 1st Mariner Arena.