Flying Aces face CIF champs in road contest

The Oklahoma Flying Aces (0-2) head to Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday in search of their first franchise win against the defending Champions Indoor Football League champions, the Duke City Gladiators (2-0).

This will Oklahoma's first contest against a Southern Conference foe.

It will be a daunting task for the Flying Aces as the Gladiators are coming off back-to-back games of scoring 70 points or more. Duke City crushed Wichita by 52 points in Week 1 and rolled over Amarillo by 40 points the following game.

The Gladiators never trailed in either game and outscored their opponents by at least two possessions in the first quarter.

Duke City is led by former University of New Mexico quarterback Donovan Porterie, who is second in the league in passing touchdowns with 12. Porterie is completing around 56 percent of his passes this season and has only one interception.

He threw seven touchdowns against the Force and is coming off a five-touchdown performance against the Venom.

The Oklahoma Flying Aces are looking to rebound from their second straight game in which they surrendered a double-digit lead. Oklahoma led by as many as 17 points against Omaha in the season-opener and 10 points against Wichita in the home-opener.

Oklahoma quarterback Joshua Floyd has seven touchdown passes through two games and rushed for two touchdowns against Wichita. Floyd is fourth in yards-per-game (177).

Duke City is allowing the fourth-most yards (177) but has reeled-in three interceptions. Floyd will need to rely on receivers Joshua Stewart and Jordan Payne. The pair caught five of Floyd’s passing touchdowns so far this year. Stewart leads the team with three.

On defense, the Gladiators are stacked with a veteran defensive front which includes defensive lineman Brett Bowers, who led the league with 14 sacks last season. Joining him will be Anthony Jackson and linebacker Jayson Serda, who was co-defensive player of the year last season. The pair have 4.5 sacks between them and are among the top five sack leaders.

Serda leads Duke City with 10 tackles and 4.5 tackles-for-loss. He also has an interception on the season.

After holding Omaha to below 70 passing yards, the Flying Aces defense allowed 135 passing yards against Wichita. Force quarterback Josh Hubener completed 50 percent of his passes and tossed a pair of touchdown passes against Oklahoma.

The Flying Aces broke up 11 of Hubener’s passes during the home opener.

The Flying Aces and Gladiators kick-off at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed live on PlutoTV.