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2019 AAF Season

Alliance of American Football: Week 8, 2019

Reggie Smith, Brandon Cruse, Jeff Heaser, and Tra Blake will be the referees in the eighth week of the AAF regular season.



With only a few weeks to go before the Alliance of American Football postseason beings, Reggie Smith, Brandon Cruse, Jeff Heaser, and Tra Blake will be the referees in the eighth week of the regular season.

Follow our live coverage here this weekend during the games, and on our Twitter page, @footballzebras.

Game assignments are below. All times are Eastern. TV networks are in a rounded box, streaming providers in a dashed box. The game between Orlando and Memphis will only be broadcast on Bleacher Report’s live stream.

Inside 2 minute rules discussion

In the Orlando at Memphis game, referee Reggie Smith led his crew in a discussion of the AAF rules inside two minutes to go in the first half.

The video was a little choppy (and also not sure why it says “Snow White and the Huntsman”), so I cut in the portion with the good audio. Reggie is mic’d up for the broadcast and gives a good overview of the rules inside two minutes and the scenarios that the crew should be watching for.

Illegal defense

The sky judge in the Orlando at Memphis game threw a penalty flag for illegal defense when they ruled that the Memphis defense rushed with the maximum allowed five-man rush but four of the rushers came from the center over to the left tackle.

The call was perplexing and I don’t think it was the right call because the rules state that the defense is allowed to rush with four defenders from one side of the ball at the snap.

Game assignments

Saturday, Mar. 30

Orlando Apollos at Memphis Express, 2 p.m. B/RLive

  • Referee: Reggie Smith
  • SkyJudge: Mike Pereira

San Diego Fleet at Salt Lake Stallions, 8 p.m. NFLN FUBO

  • Referee: Brandon Cruse
  • SkyJudge: Steve Strimling

Sunday, Mar. 31

Atlanta Legends at Birmingham Iron, 4 p.m. CBSSN CBSSN

  • Referee: Jeff Heaser
  • SkyJudge: Dean Blandino

Arizona Hotshots at San Antonio Commanders, 8 p.m. NFLN FUBO

  • Referee: Tra Blake
  • SkyJudge: Steve Strimling


Cam Filipe is a forensic scientist and has been involved in football officiating for 12 years. Cam is in his fourth season as a high school football official. This is his ninth season covering NFL officiating for Football Zebras.

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