The team has nearly matched its 2019 win total after the first two weeks of the regular season.
The Alabama Fire boasted the WNFC’s top passing offense in 2019 with quarterback Courtney Billingsley, but the team lacked balance. Despite their passing prowess, the team’s poor running game and mediocre defense held them back. The team averaged under 90 rushing yards a game and only had the 7th ranked defense out of fifteen teams resulting in a 3–3 record.
Two weeks into the 2021 season, it seems like the Fire have a new look. They have maintained their air attack with new quarterback Synisha Smith, but they also have the league’s top rusher and touchdown leader, Kelli Smith. The duo has combined to create an offense that is averaging 489 yards and 43.5 points per game. An explosive offense is just one of the keys to the Fire’s early success, but their defense is also much improved.
The Alabama Fire defense has extinguished opposing offenses, only allowing six points through the first two weeks of the season, and forcing several turnovers to assist their high powered offense. Rashida Young is currently leading the league in both receiving yards and interceptions. The aggressive defense has forced four fumbles and four interceptions in the teams two games thus far.
The Fire’s quick start has placed them alongside the top tier teams in the league. With a 2–0 record the Fire are currently tied atop the Atlantic Division with the reigning IX Cup Champions, Texas Elite Spartans. The only other team that has a 2–0 this season are the Utah Falconz, the team the Spartans defeated in the IX Cup. If the Fire can maintain pace with the contenders in the WNFC, then a IX Cup may be in their future.
The Alabama Fire will take on the Philly Phantomz on May 22.