Kerwin Bell passed for 341 yards and four touchdowns Saturday night, leading the Orlando Thunder to a 58-20 WLAF victory over the Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks.
Bell, the league's leading passer, hit 29 of 44 passes before leaving with two minutes remaining in the third quarter. In two games, the former University of Florida quarterback has thrown nine touchdown passes.The Thunder improved to 2-0 in the new league, averaging 46.2 points a game. The Skyhawks fell to 0-2.
The Thunder opened the game by recovering an on-side kick. Charlie Baumann kicked a 48-yard field goal seven plays later and Orlando went on to score the first 30 points.
Baumann had two more field goals and halfback Eric Mitchell threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Bruce LaSane. Bell followed with a 16-yard touchdown toss to LaSane and a 27-yard scoring strike to John Simpson.
Andre Johnson got Raleigh-Durham on the board on the final play of the first half, catching a 14-yard pass from backup quarterback Bobby McAllister.
Skyhawks' starting quarterback Mark Maye left in the first period with a separated shoulder.
Bell had two third-quarter touchdown passes to Byron Williams, one for 5 yards and another for 18.
McAllister finished with 17 completions on 39 attempts for 289 yards and three touchdowns.
Fire 17, Surge 10
At Birmingham, Ala., John Miller returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter, giving the Birmingham Fire a victory over the Sacramento Surge in the WLAF.
The crowd, estimated at 16,500, was considerably smaller than the estimated 53,000 at Legion Field last week for the Fire's opener. Temperatures that dipped near freezing - and the NCAA tournament semifinals - could have affected the turnout.
Miller's interception came with the game tied 10-10 and the Surge driving for the go-ahead score.
But on second and goal from the 6-yard line Sacramento quarterback Mike Elkins threw a pass that Miller caught just outside the Fire end zone.
Sacramento nearly tied the game in the final minutes but failed to score after having a first down at the Fire 2-yard line. Both teams are now 1-and-1.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Fire took advantage of lost fumbles on three consecutive possessions by Sacramento to build a 10-0 lead.
Win Lyle gave Birmingham a 3-0 lead with a 35-yard field goal in the second quarter and Joe Henderson ran 35 yards for a touchdown.
Elkins threw a 20-yard TD pass to Sam Archer and Kendall Trainor kicked a 25-yard field goal to tie the game at 10-10 at halftime.