USFL Championship: Stallions maintain again Stars in horror to win title

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Birmingham Stallions full-back Alex McGough threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Victor Bolden Jr. at the end of the game and linebacker Scooby Wright III had a Pick Six to stamp on USFL Championship on Sunday night on the Philadelphia Stars, 33-30.

McGough was pushed in game after J’Mar Smith are dealing with cramps. He made an early intercept in the fourth half and was clearly frustrated on the sidelines. Birmingham coach Skip Holtz assured McGough they would win the match.

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Victor Bolden Jr.  7 of the Birmingham Stallions runs with the ball during the third-round warm-up second leg against the Philadelphia Stars during the USFL Championship game at Tom Benson Hall Of Fame Stadium on July 3, 2022 in Canton, Ohio.

Victor Bolden Jr. 7 of the Birmingham Stallions runs with the ball during the third-round warm-up second leg against the Philadelphia Stars during the USFL Championship game at Tom Benson Hall Of Fame Stadium on July 3, 2022 in Canton, Ohio.
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In the next drive, McGough took the lead for Bolden.

McGough finished the 7-on-10 game with 77 yards of passes, a touchdown pass and an interception. Smith is 10 to 18 with 131 yards of passing and a touchdown.

Bo Scarborough dashed 135 yards out of 13 with a score. He broke a 70-yard athlete in the match. Marlon Williams leads Birmingham with seven 105-yard catches and one point. Bolden had six catches for 64 yards and opened the scoring.

Bo Scarbrough #25 of the Birmingham Stallions poses with the Birmingham Stallions mascot after beating the Philadelphia Stars 33-30 to win the USFL Championship game at the Tom Benson Hall Of Fame Stadium on May 3 July 2022 in Canton, Ohio.

Bo Scarbrough #25 of the Birmingham Stallions poses with the Birmingham Stallions mascot after beating the Philadelphia Stars 33-30 to win the USFL Championship game at the Tom Benson Hall Of Fame Stadium on May 3 July 2022 in Canton, Ohio.
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Bolden, one Select all USFL at the wide receiver and special teams, named the MVP of the championship game.

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Philadelphia Stars defender Case Cookus, left, is pressured by Birmingham Stallions inside linebacker Scooby Wright during the first half of the USFL football game for the league championship, Sunday, July.  3, 2022, in Canton, Ohio.

Philadelphia Stars defender Case Cookus, left, is pressured by Birmingham Stallions inside linebacker Scooby Wright during the first half of the USFL football game for the league championship, Sunday, July. 3, 2022, in Canton, Ohio.
(AP Photo / David Dermer)

Wright had three tackles in the win. DeMarquis Gates led the team with nine tackles and two defended passes.

Philadelphia was down 20-9 at half-time but Case Cookus was able to lead an angry comeback.

In the third inning, he threw a second touchdown pass to Jordan Suell to bring the game within five points. In the first drive of the fourth quarter, Cookus had a cross encounter with Devin Grey. Suell will score two conversion points and the Star will increase 26-23.

However, Cookus fell with a broken fibula and was ejected from the field. Sub KJ Costello would come and lead the team by a point late in the game but not enough to take Philadelphia to the championship.

Birmingham Stallions full-back J'Mar Smith throws a pass during the first half of the USFL football game against the Philadelphia Stars to win the league, Sunday, July.  3, 2022, in Canton, Ohio.

Birmingham Stallions full-back J’Mar Smith throws a pass during the first half of the USFL football game against the Philadelphia Stars to win the league, Sunday, July. 3, 2022, in Canton, Ohio.
(AP Photo / David Dermer)

In the end, it was the night of Birmingham.

The championship puts the limit on the USFL’s inaugural season.

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The Stallions were the USFL’s best team throughout the season, finishing 9-1 and winning the South Division. The team had to beat the New Orleans Breakers to qualify for the championship match.

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