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AAF Week 2: Pitt’s Shakir Soto Plays Big Role in San Diego Win



Plenty of local players played big roles in the second weekend of AAF action. Here’s a rundown of how the members of the Alliance with 412 ties fared:

• Shakir Soto, San Diego Fleet DT (Pitt)

The Fleet got in the win column with a 24-12 victory over Atlanta in the late game on Sunday night and Soto played a big role.

With the Fleet holding a nine-point lead, Atlanta got the ball back with 4 minutes to play. Soto sacked Legends quarterback Matt Simms on second down, then again hauled him down on fourth down to give San Diego the ball and a sure-fire victory.

Soto finished with 1.5 sacks and tied for second on the team with five tackles.

• Tim Lewis, Birmingham Iron head coach (Pitt)

Lewis and the Iron are 2-0 after coming from behind to beat Salt Lake, 12-9, with cast-off NFL running back Trent Richardson scoring the game-winning touchdown with 4:40 to play.

“That’s really what the Alliance of American Football is all about: local guys making plays and taking advantage of opportunities,” Lewis said to “That’s fantastic that the guys that the fans know are the guys whose names are being called over the loudspeaker. That’s really how it was designed through the vision of (co-founder/head of football) Bill Polian and (CEO/co-founder) Charlie Ebersol. Here it is coming to fruition.”

• Max Redfield, Birmingham Iron SS (IUP)

Redfield earned his second straight start and made five tackles, including two solo tackles and had a pass defended. The Iron defense has allowed just one touchdown over two games.

• Tre Tarpley, Memphis Express FS (Central Catholic)

Tarpley started his second straight game for the Express, which fell to 0-2 after a 20-18 loss to Arizona. Tarpley was fifth on Memphis with five tackles, three of which were solo tackles.

• Scott Orndoff, Orlando Apollos TE (Seton LaSalle, Pitt)

Orndoff started his second straight game at tight end for Orlando in the Apollos’ 37-29 win at San Antonio. He caught his lone target for three yards and also had a tackle on special teams.

• Jaryd Jones-Smith, San Antonio Commandos OT (Pitt)

Jones-Smith was inactive for his team’s first game, but started at left tackle against Orlando. Commandos quarterback Logan Woodside was sacked just once in the game and San Antonio averaged 5.1 yards per carry on the ground.

• Dontez Ford, San Diego Fleet WR (Sto-Rox, Pitt)

Ford had four targets but just one catch for 17 yards. He continues to be the Fleet’s third wide receiver option and leads the team in yards per catch.

Both San Diego and Atlanta had problems making the passing game work, as the game was played in a rare San Diego rain storm.


Larson Graham, Birmingham Iron T (Duquesne)


Darius Prince, San Antonio Commanders WR (West Mifflin)


Punter Ryan Winslow (Pitt) and guard Brandon Hodges (Pitt) were both waived by San Diego after Week 1.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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