As the Augusta Stallions (4-0) rolled through the first quarter of their season unscathed, quarterback Glen Gauntt has posted some impressive numbers.
Gauntt, who has completed 58 percent of his passes for 23 touchdowns and only three interceptions, ranks third in arenafootball2 with 262.8 passing yards a game. In Saturday's 55-39 win at Columbus, he was 18 of 30, for 250 yards and six touchdowns.
The Stallions, averaging 50 points a game, will need another efficient performance from Gauntt on Friday night if they are to keep pace with their toughest opponent yet. The Eastern Division rival Macon Knights (4-1) pay a visit to the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center for a 7:30 kickoff.
None of Augusta's first four opponents have a winning record.
Friday's game represents the weekend's marquee matchup in af2, as the Knights can replace Augusta atop the Eastern Division standings with a victory.
In the previous meeting between the two teams last July, turnovers prevented the Stallions from clinching a playoff berth, with Macon prevailing 56-32. A loss to the Jacksonville Tomcats in the final game of the season a week later eliminated Augusta from the playoff hunt.
Macon squared off against the Tomcats last weekend, faring better than the Stallions did in their 2001 finale.
Knights linebacker Rendell Jackson earned af2 Ironman of the Week honors by blocking a potential game-tying field goal as time expired, giving Macon a 50-47 win. Jackson also scored on a 16-yard run in the first quarter.
AROUND THE LEAGUE: On Saturday, the weekend's other top af2 showdown will pit Tennessee Valley (4-0) against the Memphis Xplorers (4-1). Memphis set a team record for points in an 80-18 rout of Mobile last weekend.
Birmingham (4-1) quarterback Montressa Kirby threw seven touchdown passes for the second straight week, in a 49-31 win over Florida (3-1).
San Diego's Rico Curtis was the af2 Toughman of the Week, after scoring two touchdowns and making 10 1/2 tackles, as the Riptide drubbed Louisville, 68-27.
Gary Briggs of Norfolk was game MVP in the Nighthawks' 58-51 overtime win against Mohegan. He scored two of his four touchdowns on a 57-yard kickoff return and a 57-yard missed field goal.
YOUTH COMPETITION: The inaugural Augusta Stallions Punt, Pass and Kick competition will be held Saturday at Evans Middle School. Registration for boys and girls ages 6-15 starts at 8:30 a.m., with the camp beginning at 9:30 a.m. There is a $30 entry fee.
Each entrant will receive a Stallions tee-shirt and a ticket to the Stallions' game against Charleston on May 24. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each age group.
Stallions players are cheerleaders will be in attendance to sign autographs and offer assistance.