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New quarterback provides spark for Gladiators

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Duke City Gladiators have had a rough season thus far. The team is 1-9, but they have a new sense of optimism heading into the final stretch.

Not only do the Gladiators finish the season with five of the last six home games, but a few new players have also joined the squad. The list includes former Manzano High standout Jordan Byrd and a rookie quarterback.

Hasan Muhammad-Rogers joined the Gladiators last week and even played in the team’s final game. He came in and totaled five touchdowns. While Muhammad-Rogers doesn’t have much indoor soccer experience, he brings experience from the college level and also from the USFL.

“I just bring my positive attitude, I think the guys have a lot of confidence in the ability that I bring,” Muhammad-Rogers said. “We have a lot of new guys, new pieces, so it’s a completely different team. In the receiving area we have some good backs, including Jordan, so I have a lot of confidence in the weapons we have, and I’m definitely excited for Saturday.”

The Gladiators’ next game is Saturday at 6:05 PM at the Rio Rancho Events Center. In honor of Father’s Day weekend, all fathers receive free admission.