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Baltimore 14 at Memphis 9 (Winter Haven, FL)

1985 Preseason Week 2 - Saturday, February 9, 1985
Attendance: NA


(AP) - Week Two of the United States Football League's exhibition season was a lot more to Jim Mora's liking than Week One.

"I feel better about this game than last week's (a 16-1O loss to Orlando) but not because we won," the Baltimore Stars coach said Saturday after a 14-9 decision over the Memphis Showboats.

"We accomplished more on offense and defense and got a better look at more players.

"We were a little more cohesive and better than we were a week ago."

Mora singled out running back Ricky Porter and safety Scott Woerner for their performances.

"Ricky had an early fumble, but he ran into one of his own guys (guard Chuck Commiskey) and, overall, did a good job." Mora said.

Said Memphis Coach Pepper Rodgers: "We're not a strong offensive team yet. We're in limbo at quarterback, and we were playing without our big back (Tim Spencer)."

In other USFL action over the weekend, Orlando beat Jacksonville 20-10, Houston downed San Antonio 28-21, Denver routed Portland 27-9 and Tampa Bay beat New Jersey 21-7.

Former Penn Staters Chuck Fusina and Scott Fitzkee each tossed touchdown passes to lead defending Baltimore over Memphis. Fitzkee, a wide receiver, threw an 8-yarder to Tim Riordan on a flea-flicker in the second quarter, and Fusina, a quarterback, reached Herbert Harris for a 13-yard score late in the third quarter.

Alan Duncan kicked field goals of 32, 48 and 40 yards for Memphis' points. Baltimore played without running back Kelvin Bryant, the USFL's Most Valuable Player In 1983.


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