The anticipated homecoming of Michael Vick led to a sold-out AFFL (American Flag Football League) game at Kennesaw State football stadium Saturday evening. Despite an obvious hometown advantage for the former Atlanta Falcon, Vick’s Team Roadrunners were eliminated from the AFFL playoffs by Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson’s Team Ocho, 26-13.
The hype and expectations of the game reached new levels when Vick and Ochocinco began to trash talk one another via social media.
Team Ocho struck first on Saturday night, when quarterback Jerrod Johnson connected with Jeremy Ross for an early 7-0 lead. Vick responded with a touchdown pass of his own to former New York Giants receiver Steve Smith II to tie the game at 7-7.
With less than six minutes remaining in the first half, Team Ocho orchestrated a 76-yard drive to take the lead 13-7. Vick responded by leading his team to their own 49-yard line, but the Roadrunners could not capitalize before halftime.
In the second half, Vick fired a 50-yard strike to former NFLer Aaron Rouse for a touchdown, which trimmed the Team Ocho lead to six.
However, Team Ocho’s defense would put the game out of reach. A Vick pass late in the second half was intercepted by Johnson’s squad. Shortly after, Johnson scored a late touchdown for a final score of 26-13.
“I have respect for those other guys on the field,” said Rouse. “They are great professional players and [they] prepared for their victory.”
Marvin Bracy, former NFL player and U.S. national team sprinter, credited his team for fighting together to get the win. “It was my first day out there, in case y’all couldn’t tell,” he said. “I think we gelled really well; we came and got the job done and eventually got the win.”
Team Ocho will next face Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson’s Godspeed team Saturday in Indianapolis to determine the winner of the AFFL Pro Championship.