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  • Jacksonville 1st Mariner Arena - Baltimore, MD Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 8:00PM ET Baltimore

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    Jacksonville
    Breeze
    Standings 1-0
    Baltimore
    Charm
    0-1 Standings

    1st Mariner Arena - Baltimore, MD Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 8:00PM ET

    When the 2014 scheduled of LFL USA was released, many had circled the Jacksonville Breeze vs Baltimore Charm game as the game that would determine the powerhouse of the East. Many big questions were going to be answered in this game, could Morgan Spencer now run the Baltimore offense without the shadow of Angela Rypien? Is this Jacksonville Breeze group of veterans one of the best in the LFL? Would the retirement of long-time Tampa-Jacksonville head coach Yo Murphy have an effect? Can Baltimore continue to surprise people?

    With one of the deepest rosters in the LFL, the Jacksonville Breeze delivered on their top ranking in the Eastern Conference opening the season with an impressive win on the road in Baltimore. What many projected to be an Eastern Conference championship game preview, was only competitive through one half of play as Jacksonville scored 13 unanswered points in the 2nd half.

    The story of the night was the front line of Jacksonville, primarily center Dina Wojowski and tight ends Angie Williams and Adrian Purnell. The line dominated Baltimore’s defense front and controlled second year Baltimore defensive end Kym “BLANCA” Jack, opening up gapping holes for Saige Steinmetz who finished the night with a career high 143 yards on only 13 carries and scoring 3 touchdowns. Baltimore’s TC Mesta was held in check only gaining 27 yards on 6 carries as Baltimore fell behind and had to abandon the run in the 2nd half.

    Both offenses were going to move chains on this night, as early in the season the defenses struggle with little tackling and contact drills. The Baltimore offense did not disappoint the hometown crowd on its opening series mastering a 7 play 31 yard drive that ended with a Katie Fergeson 1 yard touchdown run to give Baltimore an early 6-0 lead. Fergeson is a rookie power running back that Baltimore wants to develop alongside TC Mesta.

    It did not take long after Fergeson’s score for the league’s most potent offense to strike back, as Saige Steinmetz exploded on the edge for a 24 yd touchdown run after a 3 play 35 yard scoring drive, Steinmetz gave Jacksonville a 7-6 lead after 1 quarter of play.

    The first half very much so delivered the intensity you would expect of this caliber of match-up, when Baltimore answered this time on the arm of Spencer finding Mesta for a 14 yard touchdown pass to re-gain the lead at 12-7 with 6:19 remaining in the half. Spencer looked confident most of the first half with a great control of the offense.

    With only :44 seconds remaining in the 1st half, Jacksonville capped a 2 play 19 yard scoring drive that only took 1:28 to take a 14-12 halftime lead. Despite being down 2 points, Baltimore was where they wanted to be, within striking distance.

    Through one half of play, Steinmetz was handily winning the running back match-up that most talked about heading into this game. Steinmetz finished the half with 83 yards on 6 carries while Mesta was held to 19 yards on 4 carries.

    Jacksonville rookie head coach Damon Jones also appeared to be out-coaching 2nd year coach Gary Clark of Baltimore who’s scheme of releasing key frontline personnel once again had his quarterback on the turf and under heavy pressure most of the 1st half.

    As the 2nd half opened Jacksonville asserted itself as the better team, scoring 13 unanswered points with two Steinmetz scores through the air with a Matheny to Steinmetz 4 yard touchdown pass as well as a 3 yard Steinmetz run. While the passing game for Jacksonville took a backseat to the power run game of Steinmetz, Matheny still managed to have a solid game completing 4 of 6 passes and a touchdown. In her first game without Angela Rypien breathing down her neck, Spencer struggled only completing 3 of 11 and throwing an interception.

    Baltimore will need to address its tackling issues on the defensive side of the ball and to improve their protection scheme offensively prior to their next game on Saturday, June 21 vs Toledo. Jacksonville luckily did not sustain any injuries as they now head back to Jacksonville to host Omaha Saturday, April 19 at Jacksonville Memorial Arena.


    Game Stats

    Jacksonville Baltimore
    Score 27 12
    First Downs 13 9
    Rushes-Yards (NET) 17-154 22-68
    Passing Yards (NET) 28 26
    Passes Att-Comp-Int 6-4-0 11-3-1
    Total Offense Plays-Yards 23-182 33-94
    Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
    Kickoff Returns-Yards 1-15 1-25
    Interception Returns-Yards 1-0 0-0
    Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0
    Penalties-Yards 1-10 1-3
    Posession Time 14:42 17:18
    Third-Down Conversions 0/1 2/6
    Fourth-Down Conversions 0/1 1/4
    Red-Zone Scores-Chances 3/6 2/3
  • Omaha Veterans Memorial Arena - Jacksonville, FL Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 8:00PM ET Jacksonville

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    71 FMostly Cloudy
    Omaha
    Heart
    Standings 0-0
    Jacksonville
    Breeze
    1-0 Standings

    WATCH GAME Veterans Memorial Arena - Jacksonville, FL Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 8:00PM ET TICKETS

    It was June 1, 2013 when the expansion and No.12 ranked Omaha Heart hosted the No.1 ranked Jacksonville Breeze, in a game that several Breeze players admitted to the media that they did not even bother to watch game film on Omaha. ‘A failure to prepare, is prepare to fail’ turned out to be all too true for Jacksonville as they were stunned in front of a sold-out Omaha crowd, losing to the worst ranked team 8-0. What was considered one of the best rosters in LFL history had just lost to a team that had barely been together for a year.

    Fast forward to April 2014, Jacksonville opened the season returning to form against Eastern Conference rival Baltimore with a monster 27-12 road win. For Omaha, they have also retooled this off-season with two key free-agent acquisitions in former Cleveland Crush members and All-Fantasy players Theresa Petruziello and Lauren Noe.


    Las Vegas Betting Line

    Jacksonville -8.5pts 45 Over | Under


    Omaha Heart

    The Omaha Heart inspired many and turned the LFL world upside down when it upset the No.1 ranked Jacksonville Breeze in 2013, unfortunately, that was the only highlight of an otherwise tough 2013 expansion season which ended with a poor 1-3 record. This past off-season, Head Coach Dontae Allen committed to developing his existing roster as well as acquiring two key free agents in WR / S Theresa Petruziello considered by most as perhaps the second-best two-way player next to Jacksonville’s Lauren Ziegler as well as TE Lauren Noe. Offensively, this Heart team only scored 20 points the entire 2013 season. They come into 2013 with relatively the same offensive roster and a quarterback that did not excite anyone in 2013, Ashley Lambrecht. The only good news for this offense could be Linsey Noble returning to health as well as gaining size upfront with Lauren Noe and a deep wide receiver group with Petruziello, 2013 All-Fantasy WR Morgan Anderson, Shawnte Bunting and Noble. The running game is suspect with no real bona fide starter.

    On the defensive side of the ball, this unit excelled in 2013, led primarily by C Shawnte Bunting and 2013 All-Fantasy DE and the league’s leading tackler Jacqueline Smyth. The loss of Kelsey Lane will hurt the pass rush upfront. The secondary will be led by S Petruziello and corner Bunting. The defense will have to excel once again in 2014 with an offense that is not expected to post many points.

    Keys for Omaha to Win

    Without a franchise quarterback, identify a solid running back and develop the run game. Defensively blitz Jacksonville’s KK Matheny off the edge with Smyth and run blitzes with Petruziello regarded as one the league’s best tacklers against Saige Steinmetz.

    Injuries

    None

    Players to Watch

    Theresa Petruziello | Linsey Noble | Jacqueline Smyth


    Jacksonville Breeze

    After a major coaching and brand change in 2014, the Jacksonville Breeze roster looked dominant once again in its season opener vs Baltimore last week. Saige Steinmetz proved that she could be considered as a franchise running back and another great two-way player while quarterback KK Matheny showed by she has now moved into the elite class of LFL quarterbacks. Upfront, the line is one of the biggest and most athletic in the league with tight Angie Williams, center Dina Wojowski and All-Fantasy tight end Adrian Purnell. On the outside, All-Fantasy wide receiver / running back Lauren Ziegler has become the best slot receiver in LFL USA and Bryn Renda has proven she can stretch the field with her speed. Most importantly, Jacksonville has developed a balanced offensive attack and the best 1-7 offensive starters in LFL USA.

    Defensively, Jacksonville is healthy, confident and meshing. Middle linebacker Dina Wojowski is set to become the next breakout star in the league and taking command of this defense. Steinmetz is tough to block off the edge and the combination of Adrian Purnell at strong safety and Lauren Ziegler at free safety is the best safety duo globally.

    Keys for Jacksonville to Win

    Attack a young and unproven Omaha quarterback in Ashley Lambrecht. Offensively maintain your balance led by the power run game of Steinmetz.

    Injuries

    None

    Players to Watch

    Dina Wojowski | Saige Steinmetz | Adrian Purnell

  • Las Vegas Citizens Business Bank Arena - Ontario, CA Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 8:00PM PT Los Angeles

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    75 FMostly Cloudy
    Las Vegas
    Sin
    Standings 0-0
    Los Angeles
    Temptation
    0-0 Standings

    WATCH GAME Citizens Business Bank Arena - Ontario, CA Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 8:00PM PT TICKETS

  • Green Bay Showare Center - Kent, WA Friday, May 2, 2014 - 9:00PM PT Seattle

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    46 FLight Rain
    Green Bay
    Chill
    Standings 0-0
    Seattle
    Mist
    0-0 Standings

    WATCH GAME Showare Center - Kent, WA Friday, May 2, 2014 - 9:00PM PT TICKETS

  • Los Angeles Sears Centre Arena - Chicago, IL Friday, May 9, 2014 - 9:00PM CT Chicago

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    67 FFair
    Los Angeles
    Temptation
    Standings 0-0
    Chicago
    Bliss
    0-0 Standings

    WATCH GAME Sears Centre Arena - Chicago, IL Friday, May 9, 2014 - 9:00PM CT TICKETS

  • Atlanta Huntington Center - Toledo, OH Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 8:00PM ET Toledo

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    52 FFair
    Atlanta
    Steam
    Standings 0-0
    Toledo
    Crush
    0-0 Standings

    WATCH GAME Huntington Center - Toledo, OH Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 8:00PM ET TICKETS

  • Green Bay Thomas & Mack Center - Las Vegas, NV Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 8:00PM PT Las Vegas

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    71 FPartly Cloudy
    Green Bay
    Chill
    Standings 0-0
    Las Vegas
    Sin
    0-0 Standings

    WATCH GAME Thomas & Mack Center - Las Vegas, NV Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 8:00PM PT TICKETS

  • Toledo Veterans Memorial Arena - Jacksonville, FL Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 8:00PM ET Jacksonville

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    71 FMostly Cloudy
    Toledo
    Crush
    Standings 0-0
    Jacksonville
    Breeze
    1-0 Standings

    WATCH GAME Veterans Memorial Arena - Jacksonville, FL Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 8:00PM ET TICKETS

  • Omaha The Arena at Gwinnett Center - Duluth, GA Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 8:00PM ET Atlanta

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    59 FLight Rain
    Omaha
    Heart
    Standings 0-0
    Atlanta
    Steam
    0-0 Standings

    WATCH GAME The Arena at Gwinnett Center - Duluth, GA Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 8:00PM ET TICKETS

  • Seattle Sears Centre Arena - Chicago, IL Friday, June 13, 2014 - 9:00PM PT Chicago

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    67 FFair
    Seattle
    Mist
    Standings 0-0
    Chicago
    Bliss
    0-0 Standings

    WATCH GAME Sears Centre Arena - Chicago, IL Friday, June 13, 2014 - 9:00PM PT TICKETS

  • Los Angeles US Cellular Arena - Milwaukee, WI Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 8:00PM CT Green Bay

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    51 FMostly Cloudy
    Los Angeles
    Temptation
    Standings 0-0
    Green Bay
    Chill
    0-0 Standings

    WATCH GAME US Cellular Arena - Milwaukee, WI Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 8:00PM CT TICKETS

  • Baltimore Huntington Center - Toledo, OH Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 8:00PM ET Toledo

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    52 FFair
    Baltimore
    Charm
    Standings 0-1
    Toledo
    Crush
    0-0 Standings

    WATCH GAME Huntington Center - Toledo, OH Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 8:00PM ET TICKETS

  • Atlanta 1st Mariner Arena - Baltimore, MD Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 8:00PM ET Baltimore

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    66 FCloudy
    Atlanta
    Steam
    Standings 0-0
    Baltimore
    Charm
    0-1 Standings

    WATCH GAME 1st Mariner Arena - Baltimore, MD Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 8:00PM ET TICKETS

  • Chicago Thomas & Mack Center - Las Vegas, NV Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 8:00PM PT Las Vegas

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    Chicago
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    Standings 0-0
    Las Vegas
    Sin
    0-0 Standings

    WATCH GAME Thomas & Mack Center - Las Vegas, NV Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 8:00PM PT TICKETS

  • Chicago US Cellular Arena - Milwaukee, WI Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 8:00PM CT Green Bay

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    50 FMostly Cloudy
    Chicago
    Bliss
    Standings 0-0
    Green Bay
    Chill
    0-0 Standings

    WATCH GAME US Cellular Arena - Milwaukee, WI Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 8:00PM CT TICKETS

  • Toledo Ralston Arena - Ralston, NE Friday, July 18, 2014 - 9:00PM CT Omaha

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    52 FFair
    Toledo
    Crush
    Standings 0-0
    Omaha
    Heart
    0-0 Standings

    WATCH GAME Ralston Arena - Ralston, NE Friday, July 18, 2014 - 9:00PM CT TICKETS

  • Las Vegas Showare Center - Kent, WA Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 8:00PM PT Seattle

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    46 FLight Rain
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    Sin
    Standings 0-0
    Seattle
    Mist
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    WATCH GAME Showare Center - Kent, WA Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 8:00PM PT TICKETS

  • Seattle Citizens Business Bank Arena - Ontario, CA Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 8:00PM PT Los Angeles

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    77 FMostly Cloudy
    Seattle
    Mist
    Standings 0-0
    Los Angeles
    Temptation
    0-0 Standings

    WATCH GAME Citizens Business Bank Arena - Ontario, CA Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 8:00PM PT TICKETS

  • Baltimore Ralston Arena - Ralston, NE Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 8:00PM CT Omaha

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    52 FFair
    Baltimore
    Charm
    Standings 0-1
    Omaha
    Heart
    0-0 Standings

    WATCH GAME Ralston Arena - Ralston, NE Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 8:00PM CT TICKETS

  • Jacksonville The Arena at Gwinnett Center - Duluth, GA Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 8:00PM ET Atlanta

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    59 FLight Rain
    Jacksonville
    Breeze
    Standings 1-0
    Atlanta
    Steam
    0-0 Standings

    WATCH GAME The Arena at Gwinnett Center - Duluth, GA Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 8:00PM ET TICKETS