TEMPE, Ariz – The newest pro football team in Salt Lake began his inaugural season on Sunday evening.
But like half of the teams in the eight teams of the Alliance of Professional Football, they start playing at 0-1.
Hotshots quarterback John Wolford has threw four touchdowns, including two former Arizona State wide receivers Rashad Ross, who gave Arizona at Stallions their first losing franchise history, 38-22 in Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.
Wolford, who played collegiately at Wake Forest, drew two first-half touchdowns that led to the Hotshots with a 19-8 lead in the first half.
But former BYU receiver Jordan Leslie earned the Stallions for three, 1
The former Utah running back Matt Asiata scored the first touchdown of Stallions & The history of the franchise with a 1-yard plunge tied to the game on 8-8 in the first quarter. But the Hotshots recovered the moment in the future and lasted for a three-point halftime edge.
Woodrum was the first starter in the history of the Salt Lake Stallions, while backup quarterback Austin Allen was among the inactive, (including former Utah wide receiver Kaelin Clay, linebacker of Utah Gionni Paul and BYU offensive lineman Tunisian Kanuch).
6-foot-3 Woodrum did not play in the second half in a hamstring injury, ended his debut start in Salt Lake completing a 10-of-22 pass with a touchdown and an interception.
The former Idaho signals calling Matt Linehan finished the game at Woodrum's convenience.
Hotshots picked up points, holding the Stallions scoreless in the second half until Nick Truesdell's 7-yard grabbed TD from Linehan at the start of the fourth quarter.
But Salt Lake reduced the deficit to 35-22, and the Stallions were not getting closer.
Salt Lake will play in Birmingham next Saturday at noon MT. The Kickoff for the inaugural home opener is scheduled for February 23 at 1 p.m. MT at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
This story will be updated.