Michigan Panthers defeated Pittsburg Maulers to get 1st round pick next year’s USFL draft

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Congratulations to the Michigan Panthers not only did you win the game against the Maulers, but you will also get the 1st round pick in next year’s draft

Both teams were 1-8 before the game started.

The Panthers were forced to punt on their first possession but forced a fumble on the return, giving them great field position for the next drive.

Michigan QB Paxton Lynch gave the Panthers a 7-0 lead with a four-yard pass to Ishmael Hyman.

On the Maulers’ next possession, Michigan forced another fumble this time the play resulted in another score. Cory Rahman took the turnover 63 yards to the house and the Panthers jumped to a 14-0 lead with just under three minutes remaining in the opening quarter.

The Maulers finally got on the board with under two minutes to play in the first half via a Ramiz Ahmed field goal.

The Mauler’s defense tried to set up a last-second scoring play when Blaze Alldredge picked off Lynch with less than 10 seconds to play in the half, but the Maulers couldn’t capitalize and trailed 21-3 heading into halftime.

Lynch set up Michigan with a huge pass early in the third quarter. The Panthers added a field goal towards the end of the quarter to extend the lead to 24-3.

Pittsburgh began a comeback in the fourth quarter. Roland Rivers found a wide-open Matt Seybert in the back of the end zone for six points. The three-point attempt failed, but the deficit was cut to 24-9.

Mauler’s defense forced a punt on Michigan’s next possession, and then Vad Lee dropped a beautiful pass into the arms of Isiah Hennie.

Mauler’s defense forced a punt on Michigan’s next possession, and then Vad Lee dropped a beautiful pass into the arms of Isiah Hennie.

Michigan Panthers stopped the Pittsburg Maulers, the Maulers trailed 24-15.

Michigan answered back with a touchdown of its own when Lynch completed a five-yard touchdown pass to tight end Marcus Baugh to make the score 30-15 with 6:22 to play.

Lee and Hennie gave Pittsburgh a 23-yard touchdown play with just under four minutes remaining in the game. The Maulers trailed 30-21.

The Maulers attempted to hang onto the ball with a possession play instead of attempting an onside kick. The try failed, and the Panthers took over deep in Pittsburgh territory. The Panthers tacked on a field goal to extend the lead to 33-15.

Pittsburgh tried to add one more score, but Lee was intercepted, and Michigan held on for the win.

Shawn Stewart is the Founder/CEO of Sports 4 America; Shawn Stewart also hosts The Shawn Stewart Sports Podcast and also Play-By-Play announcer for the Detroit Hustle of The Basketball League, you can follow him on Twitter @S4AStewart

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