The Orlando Renegades, formerly of Washington, used today's exhibition against the defending U.S. Football League champion Baltimore Stars, formerly of Philadelphia, to present a new look.
The colors have changed and so has the attitude, or so it would seem. A touchdown pass from Reggie Collier and three field goals, two by Jeff Brockhaus, gave the Renegades, who were the worst team in pro football as the Washington Federals, a 16-10 victory over the Stars at Spec Martin Stadium.
The Renegades, who have traded in their old Federals' greens for blue and white, can't exactly call it a major upset since the Stars had an injury list of 18 players, including Kelvin Bryant, the second -- leading rusher in the USFL last season, who was out due to a bruised knee.
"A win is a win, no matter what," said Coach Lee Corso. "It was a good one to start out with. You have to rationalize it because they had so many guys hurt, but we had more points on the board, and that's what counts. Considering the situation we're in, it was great."
The Renegades took a 16-3 lead in the fourth quarter. David Trout's 42-yard first quarter field goal was all the offense the Stars could muster until the final four minutes.
Collier's 21-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Jeff Smith and Brockhaus' 52-yard field goal with nine seconds left in the first half made it 10-3. After a scoreless third quarter, Brockhaus kicked a 20-yarder at 14:18 of the fourth peiod. Jeff Davis' field goal of 23 yards with 6:04 to play accounted for the Renegades' final points.
Stars quarterback Chuck Fusina played only one first-half series, leaving the comeback task to backup Tim Riordan, who threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Allen with 3:26 to go.
The Stars got the ball back twice more, but Riordan was intercepted by defensive back Ron Osborne on the following series, then caught trying to scramble on fourth and 10 at his own 27 as time as ran out.
Stars Coach Jim Mora shrugged off the loss. "I don't put a lot of stock in the preseason," he said. "Maybe that reflects in our guys and it's my fault. I just don't and I never have."
Mora was more irritated that he couldn't get a better look at his offense. Renegades quarterback Jerry Golsteyn, who got most of the playing time after Collier's scoring drive, completed 12 of 15 passes for 147 yards, keeping Baltimore's defense on the field.
"We couldn't sustain a drive," Mora said, "so it hurt us from the standpont of evaluating people."