Giddy up! Birmingham Stallions win USFL Championship

From the big screen at the Birmingham Stallions Watch Party at Avondale Brewing.Former Alabama Player and Tuscaloosa native Bo Scarbrough lifts the trophy. (Pat Byington/Bhamnow

Thanks to a late 4th quarter pick six by charismatic  linebacker Scooby Wright, the Birmingham Stallions held off the hard charging Philadelphia Stars 33-30 to win the USFL Championship.

The Stallions were led by USFL Championship MVP and wide receiver Victor Bolden, Jr. who caught a crucial go-ahead TD in the final quarter and former Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough who ran for 135 yards. 

Starting quarterback J’Mar Smith left the 3rd quarter due to injury and was replaced by Alex McGough, who after throwing an interception on his first drive ended up leading the team on a go-ahead drive with over three minutes to play.

On the next drive, Wright stepped in front of a pass near midfield by the Stars backup quarterback KJ Costello, scampering for touchdown, almost untouched. 

Watch Party at Avondale Brewing

The official Birmingham Stallions Watch Party was at Avondale Brewing.  The outdoor event venue was filled to capacity with several hundreds fans who witnessed the nailbiter.

After the game, Bham Now talked to Birmingham City Council President Wardine Alexander and Councilor LaTonya Tate.

“I’m so happy that they won the game — bringing the championship trophy back to the city of Birmingham,” said Council President Alexander. “We’ve always known what sports and entertainment means to us as a city. I’m just ecstatic for this council, for the mayor, and most importantly, for the USFL believing in the city of Birmingham to start something that was so new and to bring all these players into the city and to see the Birmingham Stallions. We look forward to season two.”

Birmingham Councilor LaTonya Tate and President of the Birmingham City Council Wardine Alexander celebrating the USFL Championship at Avondale Brewing. (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

“They proved to the city that spring football is worth having,” added Councilor Tate. “The Stallion played super hard. They were always a second half team. We proved to the world that the city of Birmingham is ready for spring football. I’m happy to be here to support the city of Birmingham and congratulations to the Stallions!” 

Next Up – A Parade?

Obviously with The World Games coming up this week a parade or some kind of celebration will likely take place after July 17th.  

The good news, the city of Birmingham doesn’t have to go far to coordinate such an event with USFL headquarters since they announced earlier this week they are keeping the office in the Magic City for season two.

Stay tuned for details about a celebration. Meanwhile – we can’t wait to secure some Stallions Championship t-shirts and swag.

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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