The nightcap from Tom Benson Stadium saw the Michigan Panthers square off with the Philadelphia Stars in a battle of 1-0 teams. Not only did they enter the evening with identical records but they proved through most of the evening that they were also pretty evenly matched. The largest lead through the first 3 quarters was the Panthers by 7.
Stars QB Case Cookus prepares to take a 3rd down snap
The scoring got started with Philadelphia Stars kicker Luis Aguilar splitting the uprights from 27 yards out with 11:09 remaining in the first quarter. That was all the scoring the opening frame saw, with Panthers kicker Cole Murphy missing from 47 yards out, doinking it off the upright. Following the missed field goal attempt, both teams traded '3 and outs' before Luis Aguilar missed a 46 yard field goal attempt wide right.
The Panthers took over after the missed attempt and scored quickly, only needing 3 plays to go 64 yards, bolstered by a 28 yard run by Reggie Corbin to the Stars 36 yard line and Love connecting with tight end Cole Hikutini on the next play for a catch and run, that included a broken tackle near the 10, for the touchdown. The Panthers extended their lead as time expired on the first half, with Cole Murphy hitting a 39-yard field goal to send the teams to the locker room with the Panthers ahead 10-3.
Stars Kicker Luis Aguilar attempts a 46 yarder that ultimately falls wide right
The Stars used two interceptions by Amani Dennis to keep within striking distance. Philadelphia was able to tie the game at 10 on a 1-yard run by Reggie Corbin with 7:39 left in the 3rd. From there, it was all Panthers.
With 52 ticks left on the 3rd quarter clock, Reggie Corbin again found the end zone, this time from 3 yards out, to regain the Panther lead 17-10 after 3.
Reggie Corbin takes it in from 3 yards out
The 4th quarter saw the Panthers take control, catapulted by Corbin rumbling down the sideline for a 52 yard touchdown scamper. The Stars were unable to gather their barring's the rest of the way.
The Panthers (2-0) head home to the 'Detroit Hub' to take on the New Jersey Generals (1-1) while the Stars (1-1) look to get back in the win column in Detroit against the Pittsburgh Maulers (0-2).