Stars Surge back to Defeat the Gamblers

The Philadelphia Stars surge back to defeat the Houston Gamblers, 35-24. In their week 7 meeting with the Houston Gamblers, the Philadelphia Stars needed to continue to build on their victory last week over the Tampa Bay Bandits. The playoffs are getting closer and every game counts. The Stars defeated the Gamblers to improve to 4-3 overall on the season.


Early On

The Gamblers controlled the game early as they built a 10-0 lead. That lead would get to 17-13 at the half. This game was a tale of two halves as the Stars would outscore the Gamblers 22-7 in the second half for the win. Both teams capitalized on turnovers, including a pick-six for Houston linebacker Donald Payneon the opening drive and a late fumble recovery for the Stars to help cement the victory.

The Stars would seal the deal against the Gamblers with Adam Rodriquez sacking Houston Quarterback Kenji Bahar.  The sack resulted in a safety on the last play of the game. With the win, the Stars win back-to-back games for the first time this season. The win kept the Stars in second place in the North Division.

Stars Shine

Quarterback Case Cookuscompleted 21 of 31 attempts for 163 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Suell. Matt Colburn II and Dranell Holland combined for 124 yards on the ground with a rushing touchdown each.

Luis Aguilar was perfect on the day 4-4 in FG attempts. Cornerback Channing Stribling, who entering the day was tied for most interceptions in the league, had his fifth pick of the season.

Dolans Bar

With the loss, the Gamblers move to 1-6 after starting the season with a win. The Gamblers have now dropped six in a row and have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Houston Backup quarterback Kenji Bahar took over for former Eagles Quarterback Clayton Thorson late in the first half. Thorson who sustained an injury to his elbow had to leave the game. Bahar completed 10 of 13 pass attempts for 101 yards, throwing a touchdown pass and an interception. The Philadelphia Stars surge back to defeat the Houston Gamblers, 35-24.


The playoffs will consist of the top two teams of both Divisions at the end of the regular season. These teams will advance to. The playoff games will take place on Saturday, June 25 in Canton, Ohio.

Matt Bednarczyk
Matt Bednarczyk

Matt Bednarczyk is your host of Talking Philly Sports With Matty B. He is a proud retired US Army Sergeant First Class, he is also a combat veteran with over 80 months served in Afganistan, and Iraq . Huge Hockey Fan. Matt is a lifelong 4 for 4 Philly sports fan. Born and raised on the Mayfair and Tacony neighborhood lines of Northeast Philly. He brings over 40 years of Philadelphia Sports passion and provides a realistic look at our Major Sports Teams and the most passionate sports fans on the planet. Look for his show live on Edge of Philly Sports.