Apollos, Steve Spurrier make successful AAF debut

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The new Alliance of American Football debuted Saturday in Orlando and the debut was a good one for the home team. 

With longtime coach Steve Spurrier helming the Orlando Apollos, fans expecting offense got plenty of that as the Apollos posted a 40-6 win against the Atlanta Legends. 

The 73-year-old Spurrier returned to the sideline for the first time since abruptly walking away from the college game in 2015, bringing along an entertaining style of offense that didn’t disappoint an announced crowd of 20,191. 

With a 52-man roster featuring 29 players from nine Florida colleges, there’s a local feel to the Apollos for fans of the hometown team.

And, there was just enough razzle-dazzle and imaginative play-calling in the Apollos’ 40-6 victory over the Legends to remind the faithful, who can buy season tickets for as little as $75, of the good old days.

“I think the fans had a good time,” said Spurrier, who improved to 6-0 in his first game with the six teams he coached. “They saw enough good plays, especially after the first quarter.”

In the league’s other opener Saturday night, San Antonio topped San Diego 15-6.

“I think the rain deterred the crowd a little bit,” the coach said. “But 20,000 is pretty good.

“I think Atlanta’s a pretty good team. Time will tell if they are,” Spurrier said. “Time will tell if we’re any good. It’s just one game.”

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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