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  • Atlanta Veterans Memorial Arena - Jacksonville, FL Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 8:00PM ET Jacksonville

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    Atlanta
    Steam
    Standings 2-2
    Jacksonville
    Breeze
    2-2 Standings

    Veterans Memorial Arena - Jacksonville, FL Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 8:00PM ET

    MATHENY, PURNELL AND JAX VETS INTRODUCE ATLANTA TO LFL, 48-0
    It is a tough order to open your season on the road against a veteran team. The expansion franchise Atlanta Steam made their LFL debut this evening in front of a tough crowd at Veterans Memorial Arena. Their welcome into the league was brutal.
         Jacksonville had heard enough about the departure of the so called best defensive player in the league, who’s name I won’t mention here out of respect to the Breeze defense. Saturday night, they were relentless against the run, swarmed to every tackle, and made the evening less than ideal for Atlanta rookie quarterback Brittany Morgan. Despite a few successful scrambles here and there that made for positive yardage, Morgan was under fire all night long completeing just 7 of her 20 pass attempts for 46 yards and 2 interceptions.
         Leading up to tonight’s game the Steam were under the impression that feeding the ball to Nasira “Nas” Johnson and Cynthia “Sweetness” Freeman would be a good way of alleviating pressure from Morgan. Unfortunately “Nas” was unable to find any success out of the backfield and now is quite aware of just how solid those sideline walls are. Meanwhile “Sweetness” was ineffective and struggled to get into any sort of rhythm. The two of them combined for 11 rushes for just 30 yards on the ground. Jacksonville’s Lauren Ziegler (9.5 Tackles), Adrian Purnell (2 defensive touchdowns), and Saige Steinmetz (7 Tackles, 1 Sack) made life miserable for Atlanta’s offense delivering viscous hits time after time in the open field and displaying a truly tenacious pass rush.
         Jacksonville drove down easily in their first possession. A confident looking KK Matheny started fast, standing taller than ever in the pocket and making accurate throws. The Breeze charged down the field and capped off their opening drive with a sweeping 4 yard scamper into the end zone from Shelltrice Turner. Turner capped off her TD with a 2-point conversion and the Breeze were off to 8-0 start.
    Atlanta 4 and out.
         Lauren Ziegler’s contributions didn’t only come on defense. She found pay dirt on Jacksonville’s next drive running for a 13 yard score and putting Jacksonville up 14-0 at the end of the 1st quarter.
         Atlanta couldn’t get anything going deep in their own territory on the ensuing drive, and just as Brittany Morgan looked to be getting sacked at the 5-yard line, an impulsive pass attempt resulted in a pick six for Breeze safety Adrian Purnell. After an easy 2-point conversion from Purnell, Jacksonville was up 22-0 before Atlanta could take a breath. Things were getting out of hand in a hurry for the Steam, and just when Atlanta looked like they might make it to the second half with no further damage, a fumbled toss play was scooped up by Adrian Purnell and returned 37 yards all the way back for her second defensive touchdown of the quarter.
         Finally, after falling a few yards short of their first LFL touchdown on the last play of the first half, the Steam were able to head for the locker room to regroup down 28-0. Ray Norell was flabbergasted as he walked off the field. Inside the locker room he was determined to find the answer to the problems Jacksonville was causing. Adjustments had to be made, game plans had to be changed, and the maturation of a team suffering an embarrassing start to their franchise had to begin as soon as possible.
         The Breeze came back out to field with even more confidence than they started with. As the defense took the field, they were all smiles. Perhaps a lesser team might lose focus and let their demoralized opponent string a few plays together and fight their way back into the game. Unfortunately for the Steam, the Breeze continued their lights out defensive assault, immediately squashing another Steam drive by pressuring Morgan and stopping every rushing attempt well into the backfield.
         Once again, on the next Jacksonville drive, Adrian Purnell found the end zone on a 5-yard catch from Matheny for her third touchdown of the game. Saige Steinmetz rushed in for a 1 yard touchdown a few minutes later to end the third quarter.
         With a 42-0 lead heading into the fourth, the Breeze were cruising to an easy win to start their 2013 season. A powerful 10-yard touchdown run from Angie Williams ended the game and made a statement across the rest of the league that the Jacksonville Breeze are ready to make another run at a championship.
         The Breeze will ride this 48-0 shutout victory for the next two months as they prepare for their next game against the Baltimore Charm on May 25th. Meanwhile the Steam will head back home and attempt to fix things quickly as they take on the Omaha Heart in Atlanta in just two weeks on April 13th.
  • Green Bay Showare Center - Kent, WA Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 8:00PM PT Seattle

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    Green Bay
    Chill
    Standings 1-3
    Seattle
    Mist
    4-0 Standings

    Showare Center - Kent, WA Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 8:00PM PT

    CHILL, ERLER SURPRISE BUT ULTIMATELY FALL SHORT IN SEATTLE, 55-36

    The Green Bay Chill had high expectations entering Saturday night’s game in Seattle. Coming off a disappointing 1-3 season, the Chill were hoping to start 2013 off right with an upset win on the road in the most hostile building in the LFL, the ShoWare Center. Despite being a huge underdog, the Chill started their bout with Seattle in exciting fashion, matching the Mist blow for blow in the first half.

    After Seattle’s rookie running back Mele Rich drew first blood with a touchdown on their opening drive, Green Bay’s Anne Erler came right back at Seattle, running all the way from midfield through the Mist defense for a touchdown. The Mist took two more scores on the legs of LaShaunda Fowler and Shuree Hyatt to open up their advantage to 20-6 with just over 2 minutes remaining in the 2nd quarter. However, under the confident arm of Anne Erler, the Chill fought back with two touchdowns of their own pulling to within two points to end the half trailing 20-18.

    Shuree Hyatt, the eventual game MVP, earned her accolade with an exceptional 3rd quarter. She had two touchdowns this quarter as well as a crucial drive killing interception that knocked the Chill back into reality. The score was 35-18 to start the 4th, and Green Bay needed to find an answer quickly in order to keep things from getting out of hand.

    The Chill emerged with just under 7 minutes in the game with a touchdown from their new big weapon Danielle Jorgenson only to have Seattle’s Jessica Hopkins find the end zone on the Mist’s next possession. Green Bay’s Anna Heasman ran into the end zone to try and build momentum, but again Seattle responded with a score of their own.

    The Green Bay Chill were more than surprising in this game. Very few expected them to score as often as they did against this fast and revitalized Mist defense. Through sheer tenacity, Anne Erler and her Chill teammates kept things close for much longer than the ShoWare Center would have hoped. Unfortunately for the Chill, Seattle was just too relentless to keep up with. The Mist kept finding ways to score and demoralize the Chill for the remainder of the game, wrapping up a satisfying 55-36 win to start their season.

    Green Bay will head back to Wisconsin in search of a way to hone in on the flashes of greatness that were displayed Saturday night. Meanwhile, head coach Chris Michaelson and his Seattle Mist will try and parlay their win tonight into a run at the Western Conference. The next test for Seattle, and perhaps their most important game of the season comes next month as they travel to Los Angeles to take on the 3-time reigning LFL champions on May 4th.

  • Omaha The Arena at Gwinnett Center - Duluth, GA Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 8:00PM ET Atlanta

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    Omaha
    Heart
    Standings 1-3
    Atlanta
    Steam
    2-2 Standings

    The Arena at Gwinnett Center - Duluth, GA Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 8:00PM ET

    Atlanta Finds Redemption on the Legs of Sweetness as They Scorch Omaha 42-6

    The Atlanta Steam have quieted the skeptics who said a winless first season was probable. With a lopsided 42-6 victory over the Omaha Heart, the Steam claim their historic first win in franchise history, putting their harsh season opener far behind them.

    The Steam looked confident on Saturday Night. From the moment they took the field under the red lights and roaring crowd at The Arena at Gwinnett Center, this group of women had an aura of toughness about them. It was as if the loss that took place two weeks ago in Jacksonville instilled a nothing-to-lose mentality. Their defense played angry, their running backs lowered their shoulders, and quarterback Brittany Morgan’s true colors as a leader surfaced with a vengeance. Atlanta head coach Ray Norell implemented a Georgia Tech style triple option running game that had the Omaha defense guessing on every play. Sweetness and Nas, who were nowhere to be found in week one, were endzone magnets.

    Game MVP Nasira “Nas” Johnson scored on Atlanta’s first drive to put a nervous chill through the Omaha bench. The score was only 8-0, but the ease at which the Steam drove down the field was foretelling of the success they’d have Saturday night. Two more touchdowns from Cynthia “Sweetness” Freeman gave Atlanta all the swagger they needed to walk calmly into the locker room at halftime. Omaha was trailing 21-0 and needed to find something to be positive about after getting stopped on the Atlanta goal line late in the first half.

    Mind you, not only was Atlanta’s running game impressive, what with their misdirections and counter plays, but the true bright spot for this team was the intensity of their defense. Their style of play was the sort that riles up a crowd. They tackle right on the border of what’s legal. They close line weaker ball carriers. They throw their opponents to the ground, and are not shy to a start and finish a fight when things get dicey at the end of a play. The dominating power of Colette “Coco” Montgomery and Alexandria Stone had the Omaha players looking at each other, each saying, “you take the ball…No…you take the ball.”

    Omaha struggled to move the ball and suffered the killer drops and busted plays that tend to plague a rookie team on opening night. Despite showing great toughness, Omaha quarterback Linsey Noble forced too many passes downfield. Her key target tonight was Kelsey Lane, who’s great size enabled her to find mismatches and get open often. She’ll need to work on her speed, but the chemistry between her and Noble is a positive light that Omaha will work to center around moving forward.

    The second half was all Atlanta again. Sweetness capped off a 3rd quarter drive with another powering rushing touchdown, her third of the night. Brittany Morgan completed her first passing touchdown of her career, after Jodie Nettles found herself in the right spot at the right time, catching a deflected pass in the end zone. Omaha found the end zone late in the fourth, but it was far too little far too late.

    Atlanta made a statement with an Alfye Gore pick six to end their franchise home debut and found themselves circling the middle of the field in celebration. This 42-6 victory will give the Steam a little hop in their step as they head back to practice on Monday. Coach Norell will sleep well tonight knowing he’s coached a winning team in a league that is growing with more talent every day, but he knows the season for the Steam is only half way done. There is still much more to prove for this young team from Atlanta.

  • Los Angeles Sears Centre Arena - Chicago, IL Friday, April 19, 2013 - 9:00PM CT Chicago

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    Los Angeles
    Temptation
    Standings 2-2
    Chicago
    Bliss
    4-1 Standings

    Sears Centre Arena - Chicago, IL Friday, April 19, 2013 - 9:00PM CT

    Salerno and Butler Tough as Nails, Lead LA to 31-18 Road Victory Over Chicago

    It was a dicey evening in Chicago tonight as the LA Temptation headed into the Sears Centre Arena to take on a Bliss team that is loaded with talent. Despite the harsh weather that poured over northern Illinois this week, Bliss fans filled the arena in hopes that quarterback Heather Furr and company could shock the LFL and take down the three-time reigning champions. The Bliss came out swinging…literally.

    Bliss running back Chrisdell Harris brought both speed and aggression to the field. Just one minute into the game she broke into the secondary at mid-field and stunned the LA bench with a rushing touchdown to start things off. As she high stepped into the end zone, Harris’s swagger was only building and spreading throughout the rest of her team.

    LA showed why they are the three-time LFL champions on the next drive, marching down the field and capping a 35 yard drive with an Ashley Salerno rushing touchdown to tie things up at 6 all.

    Meanwhile, Bliss quarterback/safety Heather Furr was boiling and ready to go right back at the LA defense. The Bliss charged down the field on the legs of Chrisdell Harris, not shying away from the vicious fights that defined the intensity of this game. Punches were thrown and choice words were exchanged after nearly every play that ended in a dog-pile. When the smoke cleared, Furr was able to scamper in for a touchdown that gave Chicago the lead.

    There was still time left on the clock however, and once again, All-Fantasy quarterback Ashley Salerno took to her legs rather than her arm and ran with force over the hard nosed Chicago defenders. She tied up the game with her second rushing touchdown of the game and took in the 1-point conversion herself as well. LA went into the locker room up by just one point, and the Sears Centre Arena was host to a real fight between two unrelenting teams. Literally… as the two teams headed into the tunnel, their proximity to one another spiked into a fight between Bliss defensive end Yahshi Rice and a few of the Temptation players.

    After they were broken up, LA and Chicago went their separate ways and looked to retain some of that ferocity in the second half. Bliss head coach Keith Hac went into a rage of his own in the locker room in an attempt to fire up his girls and finish this game with a win. Unfortunately they just couldn’t stop making the small mistakes.

    Fumbled pitches by Heather Furr led to turnovers that gave LA great field position. LA’s Wide Receiver/defensive end Chloe Butler managed her first touchdown of the season capitalizing on a Chicago turnover and giving LA a 19 – 12 lead with 5:30 remaining in the 3rd. Quarterback Ashley Salerno made a physical statement on the 2-point conversion attempt, lowering her shoulder and laying the wood on Bliss safety Alli Alberts. Although the conversion was no good, the Temptation bench was surging with confidence as the girls on Chicago wobbled off the field. Alberts was diagnosed with a concussion and did not return to the game.

    Chicago’s Chrisdell Harris, picked the Bliss up off the ground and ran with more power and speed than the LFL has seen this year. Lowering her shoulder into the end zone, Harris brought the Bliss back to within one point heading into the 4th quarter.

    It was at this point that LA broke out of their shell and showed the rest of the league what championship defense is all about. They pressured Furr and forced a turnover on downs deep in Chicago territory. Danielle Harvey extended LA’s lead with a receiving touchdown to put them up 25-18.

    With six minutes left in the game, Chicago was in dire straights and needed Furr and Harris to assemble a game tying drive. Despite some big plays from receiver Laura Petersen, Temptation cornerback Ogom Chijindu scooped up a fumble and took it to the house to all but seal the deal for LA. Heather Furr was simply unable to elude the pressure brought by Chloe Butler and the Temptation defensive front. Meanwhile Ashley Salerno displayed serious toughness, leading her team to a convincing 31-18 road win to open their 2013 season.

    Chicago will have to find a way to get better protection for Furr heading into their next game against Las Vegas on May 10th. Meanwhile, the LA Temptation continue to hold their position as the team to beat in the LFL. They’ll look to carry this momentum into their next game on May 4th when they host a hot Seattle Mist team in Los Angeles.

  • Seattle Citizens Business Bank Arena - Ontario, CA Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 8:00PM PT Los Angeles

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    Seattle
    Mist
    Standings 4-0
    Los Angeles
    Temptation
    2-2 Standings

    Citizens Business Bank Arena - Ontario, CA Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 8:00PM PT

    Michaelson, Creel Pull of Biggest Win in Mist Franchise History

    The team to beat in the Western Conference has officially changed. The week leading up to Saturday night’s crucial matchup was filled with talks that Seattle can’t compete with the experience and tenacity of LA. Laurel Creel was considered the thorn in the side of a talented Mist team who may succumb to bad decisions and costly mistakes. Mist head coach Chris Michaelson was facing a team on the road that he had never beaten. The Mist were simply outclassed in this Pacific Division rivalry, and wouldn’t be able to keep up with the 3-time reigning champions.

    By the end of the first quarter, this proved to not be the case. It was business as usual for the Temptation early in the game as they capitalized on a Seattle fumble, and then scored on a pass from Salerno to Margulies. However, the pace of the game was set on the ensuing Seattle drive. Staring at a horrific start to the biggest game of their LFL careers, this Seattle Mist team drove right back down the throats of LA behind the poise of Laurel Creel and the hands of Christine Moore to pull to within one point heading into the second.

    Again, the veteran linebacker Monique Gaxiola proved her worth to this crippled LA defense with a pick six that was returned to the house. Cheers from the Citizens Business Bank Arena roared in hopes that Seattle’s signal caller would let the moment get to big for her. Seattle trailed 14-6 with 5 minutes remaining in the 1st half.

    At this point, all signs pointed to Seattle shooting themselves in the foot with costly mistakes and drops that were sure to continue. Again, the crowd was wrong. The Mist, on the legs of Mele Rich, were able to drive back down the field and pull to within two. It was 14-12 LA heading into halftime, and all of a sudden it was clear that neither team was outclassed.

    This wash’t a case of veterans getting too cocky and not preparing fully for this game. Nor was the first half a matter of one team getting lucky to remain in the game, while the other is simply waiting to start dominating. No, at halftime, both teams feared they might lose.

    One of the key factors in the outcome of tonight’s game was the play of LA quarterback Ashley Salerno. She was ultimately a shell of herself. She had time in the pocket, but her receivers just couldn’t get open. She had receivers open but couldn’t keep her eyes downfield. She had room to run but kept trying to force throws rather than just tuck it and display her toughness as a ball-carrier. As she fumbled one of the many bad snaps from replacement center Laura Barba, Salerno fell into the end zone for what could have been a measly safety and two points for the Mist. Instead she chose to pick up the ball and force a throw downfield, which landed right in the hands of Seattle’s Shuree Hyatt who jogged into the end zone for a 18-14 lead with 6:08 remaining in the 3rd.

    The Temptation wouldn’t go down without a fight though. On the legs of Salerno, who finally decided to scramble, tuck the ball, and run, LA drove down the field. They retook the lead late in the 3rd quarter with a touchdown run from their quarterback.

    The next drive for Seattle would prove defining for the franchise, coach, and quarterback. They were fearless in throwing the ball against a vicious pass LA pass rush led by Chloe Butler who had plenty of sacks on the day. Creel was sacked, but showed no signs of slowing. With 1:29 seconds left in the game, Laurel Creel evaded pressure, stepped up in the pocket, scrambles along the line of scrimmage and found Riki Creger-Zier in the end zone for the game deciding score. The Mist were up 24-20, while LA had to figure out a plan to remain undefeated.

    Equally impressive was Seattle defensive stand. They pressured Salerno just as they had all night. She was ineffective, the team was rattled (getting a costly unsportsmanlike conduct penalty this late is not characteristic of a championship team), and the Mist defense was one play away from snagging the most unlikely road win in LFL history. On 4th and long, Salerno dropped back and heaved the ball deep down field in one last attempt at victory. The ball hit the ground, and Seattle took the field to call the victory formation.

    Chris Michaelson has pulled off the biggest win in franchise history, and game MVP Laurel Creel has finally laid to rest all the skepticism surrounding her as an elite quarterback. Seattle wins 24-20 in LA! The Mist are now the team to beat in the West and possibly the league!

  • Las Vegas Sears Centre Arena - Chicago, IL Friday, May 10, 2013 - 9:00PM CT Chicago

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    Las Vegas
    Sin
    Standings 1-3
    Chicago
    Bliss
    4-1 Standings

    Sears Centre Arena - Chicago, IL Friday, May 10, 2013 - 9:00PM CT

    “The Ferrari” Shines in Chicago as the Bliss Take Down Vegas 34-12

    Friday night in Chicago was a night to remember for Bliss fans as one of the most electrifying players in the league put on a show and took down one of the most talented teams in the league with ease. Bliss running back Chrisdell “Ferrari” Harris ran all night long against a Vegas Sin team that simply couldn’t keep up with her. Harris’s four rushing touchdowns helped Chicago get back on track in their hunt for the playoffs. Meanwhile the blistering pace set by the Bliss offense shattered Vegas’s hopes of starting 2013 off right.

    This game, as is usual when the Bliss play, was a physical contest from start to finish. Big hit after big hit kept the fans on their feet as defensive end Yahshi Rice and free safety Heather “Rockstar” Furr were stubborn in both getting to the backfield early and finishing tackles strong. After a great kickoff return from Shalina Taylor to start the game, Chrisdell Harris ran in her first of four TDs less than one minute into the game. Vegas made a valiant drive to try and tie things up but suffered a crushing early-season miscue in the form of a fumbled reverse play. Yahshi Rice, one of the most tenacious defensive players in the LFL, came up with the ball and set up the Bliss offense for their second score of the night. Of course, the Ferrari ran it in putting Chicago up 12-0 at the end of the first quarter. Vegas had to find an answer quickly.

    The bright spot for the sin was the clicking chemistry on offense. Although there were turnovers throughout, Nikki Johnson and receivers Kelley Schroeder and Cassandra Strickland were finding their rhythm. Even the glass-made Carmen Bourseau was surprising defenders as she plowed downhill with a ton of power and scored in the red zone to bring her team to within six. Bourseau ran the ball well tonight and is transforming into the kind of runner that can wear down defenders over the course of a game. Unfortunately before the quarter ended, the Bliss capitalized on an interception and drove right back down the field. Alli Alberts, the “hit-ee” from the infamous Salerno hit that took place 3 weeks ago in this very same building, snagged a tremendous catch to put the Bliss up 18-6 heading into the locker room. Coach Jeremiah Captain and the Sin would have to make adjustments if they wanted to get back into this one.

    At halftime, Bliss head coach Keith Hac was much more comfortable than we saw a few weeks ago. This time he had only great things to say about his squad of hard hitting playmakers. They seemed so much more confident this week as they retook the field with an air of swagger, knowing full well they have the best offensive player in the league on their team.

    Chrisdell Harris wasn’t done by a long shot. In a game she considered a “must-win” for her team, the Ferrari shined on. She scored again on a sweep play in the red zone, using her speed to blow past the Sin linebackers. Her capping two-point conversion put the Bliss fully in the driver’s seat as they enjoyed a 26-6 lead halfway through the third quarter. The Sin again found rhythm offensively tonight, but they simply couldn’t put scores together. Carmen Bourseau, who looks more solid than we’ve ever seen her, was again the force behind the Sin’s second score. However, it would be way too little, way too late.

    The Bliss put the nail in the coffin just as the 3rd quarter came to a close on another touchdown run by…who else? The Ferrari was a beast tonight. Her 28 total points this evening made a statement across the league. With the leadership and mobility of a quarterback like Heather Furr, the reliable hands of receiver Alli Alberts, and the explosiveness out of the backfield from “The Ferrari”, the Chicago Bliss may very well have the most frightening offense in the LFL. Chicago takes down Vegas with ease 34 to 12!

  • Minnesota Resch Center - Green Bay, WI Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 8:00PM CT Green Bay

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    Minnesota
    Valkyrie
    Standings 0-3
    Green Bay
    Chill
    1-3 Standings

    Resch Center - Green Bay, WI Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 8:00PM CT

    Chill Back in Playoff Hunt as they Slam Minnesota 40-8

    The entire Green Bay Chill team has finally arrived to support the efforts of their star quarterback Anne Erler. In the past, they’ve struggled to show up with the same focus and intensity that Erler brings to the field. Tonight, it was a different story as her receivers Jessica Payton and Anna Heisman were reliable targets, her running back Amber Mane supplied a real threat out of the backfield, and center Hallie Jiskra continues to shine from the line. Head coach Gilbert Brown has officially put his name in the mix as one of the great coaches of this league; someone who can look at defeat and use it as motivation to turn around a season.

    One of the growing stars on the Chill struck first blood tonight as running back Amber Mane scored back to back opening touchdowns to put Green Bay up 14-0. Just as the Valkyrie seemed to appear confident in pressuring Erler and stuffing the run, center sensation Hallie Jiskra snuck into the end zone with 16 seconds left in the half and caught her 4th touchdown pass of the season. After Amber Mane ran in the 2-point conversion, the Chill were headed into the locker room with a comfortable 22-0 lead.

    Despite being lit up on the scoreboard, the rookie-filled Valkyrie showed signed of maturity on both sides of the ball. Rookie quarterback Kari Janes was elusive in scrambling from pressure and showed good speed when extending the play. However she suffered the woes of a young LFL player, throwing an interception in her own territory and fumbling the ball into the end zone after making a great run. The Minnesota defense, led by ballhawk strong safey Laurie Jo Miller and veteran linebacker Leekplay Paye, were surprisingly physical tonight. They tackled well and pressured Erler all night long. Unfortunately Anne “Showtime” Erler is too much of a playmaker to be held down for long. She was just too unrelenting in her passes down field and continued her aerial attack in the second half.

    First though, she had to put on her show with her legs. After the Chill defense came up with an unlikely fumble recovery in the end zone for a heartbreaking touchback, the offense put a drive together attempting to stomp out any hopes of a Valkyrie comeback. Halfway into the third quarter Erler zigzagged her way into the side of the end zone to put the Chill up by 28. This drive was defined by a different play however as the shaky handed wideout Jessica Payton caught a deep pass in traffic to build her confidence and regain Erler’s trust.

    As the fourth quarter began, it seemed that the Minnesota bench would have to use small victories as a means of motivation. Despite suffering another touchdown reception from Chill center Hallie Jiskra, (again, who would have thought a center would be leading the league in TD receptions) the Minnesota bench was inspired by the great stuffs that came during the point after attempts. Their sportsmanship and class was on display as the Minnesota offense put together a late drive and capped it with a touchdown run from Kari Janes on a draw play. Although the score was meaningless in tonight’s contest, this team’s willingness to not be shut out in their 2013 debut showed that they are a different team this year.

    The Chill would bury the Valkyrie in the fourth with a touchdown reception from Anna Heasman, who also regained some respect as a ball catcher tonight. The Green Bay Chill were all over the field tonight. Their offense is now in sync with receivers who can make plays, and they now have some swagger on defense as Laure Gelis-Diaz AKA “Frenchy” is now on the LFL’s radar as a safety to be reckoned with. Game MVP Anne Erler showed off her skills as a defender tonight as well, picking off Kari Janes on the final play of the game.

    The Valkyrie will head back to Minneapolis, regroup, and prepare to meet the LFL’s hottest team, the Seattle Mist, on July 6th. Meanwhile the Chill are officially back in the hunt for the playoffs. They’ll meet Las Vegas in “Sin City” on June 22nd to try and improve to a winning record. It all leads to the 2013 season closer against their rival the Chicago Bliss on August 10th in what will likely be a playoff deciding game. The Chill stomp the Valkryie tonight in Green Bay, 40-8!

  • Cleveland The Arena at Gwinnett Center - Duluth, GA Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 8:00PM ET Atlanta

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    Cleveland
    Crush
    Standings 1-3
    Atlanta
    Steam
    2-2 Standings

    The Arena at Gwinnett Center - Duluth, GA Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 8:00PM ET

    Fireworks in the South as the Steam Roll 49-40 Over the Crush

    The shootout that took place tonight at the Arena at Gwinnett Center proved two things: The Cleveland Crush have prepared as well as any team in the league coming into the 2013 season, and the Atlanta Steam are legit. These two teams were relentless in tonight’s contest. As soon as it looked as though the Steam would pull away, rookie quarterback Tia Knipper would strike with a huge play to bring Cleveland within reach. Then, just as the Crush would silence the crowd, the Steam would run the ball right back down their throats and regain all the momentum. This back and forth battle lasted all 32 minutes of this ball game.

    The tone was set early as Nasira “Nas” Johnson returned the opening kickoff all the way to mid-field, giving the Steam even more swagger as the offense took the field. Less than one minute into the game, Cynthia “Sweetness” Freeman broke to the outside and high-stepped into the end zone nearly untouched. No matter. Just as the Atlanta bench was finishing celebrating the successful point after, Tia Knipper connected with Tamar Fennell on her first ever pass as an LFL quarterback for a 35-yard touchdown. This Matt Ryan like entrance into the league quieted the Arena at Gwinnett Center to a muted concern. What just happened? Cleveland was up 8-7.

    The Steam, in all their aggression, marched right back down the field on the legs of “Sweetness,” capping off the drive with a scamper from “Nas” Johnson to put Atlanta back on top. She ran in another two points, and it looked like the Crush defense would simply be run over tonight… literally.

    The following drive truly puts Cleveland on the map as an offense to be reckoned with. It is one thing to catch a celebrating team off guard and launch a deep pass on the first play from scrimmage. Any football fan will tell you, they’d rather see their team put a full-fledged drive together and show some chemistry early in the game than see a one-play bomb that took the defense by surprise. The Crush were pleasing to watch. They weren’t one dimensional. Tamar Fennell was a true threat out of the backfield, and Tia Knipper was utilizing her weapon Theresa Petruziello well. So well in fact that a Petruziello touchdown brought the Crush back to within one point.

    Atlanta would take advantage of the rookie mistakes however. Just as Tia Knipper was beginning to look impressive, there were moments when she looked out of sync completely. The Crush defense also was having problems getting to the Steam backfield. On the following two Steam drives, the small jabs at yards on the ground wore down the Cleveland defense. A rushing touchdown from “Nas” and another from Krista Kross enabled the Steam some breathing room. They were up 29-14, and Cleveland appeared to be letting this one slip away as halftime approached.

    Yet, just as the 2nd quarter was coming to a close, Knipper found her favorite target, the sure-handed and physically dominant receiver Petruziello for another touchdown. Cleveland was not going to lay over and drown under the lights of their 2013 debut. Instead, they were proving resilient in a game no one saw coming.

    As the teams retook the field for the second half, Cleveland glared at a 29-22 score and had the opportunity to tie things up and even take the lead. It was at this moment that Knipper’s true colors as a rookie quarterback surfaced. She was completely off-touch on four straight throws that led to Atlanta taking over on offense deep into Crush territory. Horrendous four-and-outs like the one that Cleveland started the 2nd half with can kill a team’s chances. With great starting field position, the Steam strolled easily into the end zone for another score courtesy of “Sweetness.”

    Once again… Cleveland’s offense surprised. The soft-spoken Sune Stamper hurried down the field, showing great speed as she blew past Atlanta’s secondary. The Crush were within a touchdown again, and the Steam defense looked slower by the minute.

    Ray Norell stuck to his game plan of not panicking and feeding his two talented backs the ball. The duo of “Sweetness” and “Nas” proved so threatening that the third part of the triple-option offense, Brittany Morgan, was able to shine as a runner. She pounded the ball into the end zone at the end of the third quarter to give Atlanta a 41-28 lead heading into the final eight minutes of the game.

    Dontez Howard, on the other hand, had to adjust his game plan as the game was slipping away again. Now with Tamar Fennell out of the game with a rib contusion, he fed the ball to the nimble Remy Olinzock. The little receiver churned the tough yards into a score that would bring her team back to within seven points. Whew! At this point no one in the arena could know just how this game would end. The only thing certain was both defenses inability to stop anything.

    A final drive that would all but seal the deal for the Steam ended with a Brittany Morgan rushing touchdown on the now routine option play. This play is becoming easier and easier for Morgan with “Sweetness” becoming the most feared pitch-man in the league. Game MVP “Sweetness” Freeman put her power on display on this drive, and capped off the touchdown with a two-point conversion.

    At the 2-minute warning, with a score of 49-34, it looked like the Steam could rest easy. Not a chance. Just as the jury was finally in on Tia Knipper’s nerves as a rookie quarterback, she launched a deep bomb once again, much like her opening play of the game, to a wide open Theresa Petruziello for another 35-yard touchdown pass. The Crush would have an opportunity to pull within one score as they lined up for the point after attempt. Tia rolled to the right and chose to try and make it in on her legs. She was overwhelmed though and stopped short of the goal line. Down 49-40, the relentless Crush would line up for an onside kick.

    By rule, when trailing in the last two minutes, the losing team is allowed an onside kick attempt to regain possession. Incredibly, Tamar Fennell’s kick bounced off the chest of a Steam player and landed right back in their breadbasket. Cleveland ball, just under two minutes, down by an unfortunate nine-points. Still, there was every reason to believe this game was far from over. A defensive off-sides penalty brought the Crush offense even closer to striking distance. In fact, after the touchdowns bombs displayed by Tia Knipper, every spot on the field is striking distance for Cleveland. Knipper, in a courageous effort to go for it all one more time, let loose the long ball which came down right into the hands of Atlanta defensive back Ashley Johnston. Game. Set. Match. An emotional Johnston left the field having sealed the fate of Cleveland and brought this expansion team to a winning record of 2-1.

    The Cleveland Crush have every reason to stay positive. They were prolific on offense, scoring on nearly every drive. The defense, despite letting up 49 points in their debut, played physical and won plenty of battles at the line of scrimmage. They were just simply worn down play after play by the running power of “Sweetness.” The incessant small gains on the ground from Morgan, “Nas”, and “Sweetness” were always just enough to continue an Atlanta drive and dishearten the Crush defense.

    At this point, the Crush have to re-evaluate themselves as a team. Yes, their offense was nothing short of impressive in their first game in over a year. Yes, their defense played physical upfront. Yes, Knipper showed signs of a great passer and Petruziello signs of becoming a dominant wideout. However it was the little mistakes that make this team raw. The defense has an inability to contain the outside rushing attack. Knipper is impulsive as a passer, throwing into double and triple coverage on numerous occasions. The coaching staff had lack of attentiveness to how their defense was lining up. Each of these things must be addressed as they look to their next three games of the season.

    The Steam however, are in the driver’s seat. They are 2-1 and have an eye on their first ever playoff birth. They are a far different team than the one we saw in week one against Jacksonville. With their final game coming against the Philadelphia Passion on July 13th, the Atlanta Steam will head back to work on Monday as the most shocking and perhaps the most feared team in the league. Atlanta closes out a barnburner tonight 49-40 at home!

  • Baltimore Veterans Memorial Arena - Jacksonville, FL Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 8:00PM ET Jacksonville

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    Charm
    Standings 3-2
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    2-2 Standings

    Veterans Memorial Arena - Jacksonville, FL Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 8:00PM ET

    Breeze Move to 2-0 Despite Offensive Mistakes

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    It didn’t look quite as easy this time around for the Breeze as they took on the Baltimore Charm this Saturday night in Jacksonville. As game time grew closer and the crowd began to pack into the Veterans Memorial Arena, many questions loomed about whether or not Jacksonville was worthy of their number one power ranking. After all, they hadn’t played in almost two months, and their only other win was against an expansion team that had never played a snap of LFL Football. Tonight, despite moments of disparity from the Breeze offense, Baltimore was simply unable to capitalize on the many chances they were given to pull off the upset.

    On the first drive of the game, the Breeze moved the ball easily through the air and on the ground. When Shelltrice Turner walked into the end zone just three minutes into the game, it appeared as though Jacksonville would be able to score at will against this Charm defense.

    However, as the Charm offense took over and fans got their first look this year at the much talked about Angela Rypien, the Jacksonville crowd was stunned by a bomb touchdown pass to her tight end Morgan Spencer. The Charm weren’t going to fall over easy. They trailed by just one point half way through the first.

    At this point, KK Matheny’s woes hadn’t quite surfaced. She was able to move the ball well and connected with her go-to receiver Bryn Renda with just 5 seconds left in the quarter. The Breeze were up 14-6 at the end of one.

    Baltimore was unable to put anything together on the ensuing drive, while Jacksonville was running on the powerful legs of running back Saige Steinmetz. She was running downhill all night and powered into the end zone for her first score of the game, giving her team a comfortable 21-6.

    Tonight’s game wouldn’t come without adversity for Jacksonville. The first pitfall was losing their stud free safety to injury near the end of the second quarter. Lauran Ziegler was taken down awkwardly on an end-around play while running the ball on offense. She suffered a severe ankle sprain that would take her out of the game.

    Meanwhile, Angela Rypien fell victim to the bad decisions of young quarterbacks. She threw her first pick of the night to Adrian Purnell with three minutes remaining in the half and then another pick to Purnell with just 30 seconds remaining. Any momentum the Charm had assembled was turned back over to the home team.

    The Breeze went into the locker room with a fifteen-point lead, while the Charm needed to settle down and start making things more difficult for Jacksonville.

    Baltimore came out resurgent in the second half. They began it with a kickoff returned touchdown courtesy of Tiana “TC” Mesta. The Breeze had to catch their breath and respond quickly as they saw their lead cut down to just nine points.

    Then, right when it looked like the Breeze offense would pull away, KK Matheny threw her first pick of the season. Baltimore was right back in the red zone. These were the sorts of opportunities the Charm would see all night long. Unfortunately, they couldn’t punch it in. No matter… as the Breeze took over, it wasn’t long before KK would throw her second pick. As Baltimore took over near the end of the quarter, it looked like they may just climb back into this one.

    On the first play of the fourth quarter, Angela Rypien, who looked surprisingly confident in the pocket tonight, turned fully back into a young mistake-riddled quarterback. She threw directly into traffic, resulting in her third pick of the night as Jacksonville’s Bryn Renda came up with the ball.

    Jacksonville marched down the field, snatching up first down after first down. With four minutes remaining in the game, they punched it in with another rushing touchdown from eventual game MVP Saige Steinmetz. Saige was the true star tonight as Baltimore simply couldn’t bring her down without the use of two or three girls.

    In a last bid for a late comeback, the Charm once again fell victim to their own mistakes as they fumbled the ball at the line of scrimmage, handing the ball back over to the home team. Jacksonville was up 27-12 and were looking at a nice 2-0 start to 2013.

    Angela Rypien and the new Charm coaching staff need to head back to Baltimore and figure out a way to score when given opportunities. An inability for an offense to score in the red zone paired with a quarterback who makes ill-advised throws will only lead to more losses. In all actually, this game was Baltimore’s for the taking. Had they been able to take advantage of just one of the myriad of opportunities Jacksonville gave them, the biggest upset of the night would have taken place tonight.

    Instead, Jacksonville is still sitting atop the LFL at 2-0, with two convincing wins to begin their season. The defense forces turnovers, the offense is flush with talent, and the coaching staff always seems to knows exactly which adjustments need to be made in order to move the ball offensively. The Breeze will look to continue their winning streak next week as they take on another weak looking expansion team in Omaha. Jacksonville emerges victorious tonight as they win 27-12 over the Charm!

  • Jacksonville Ralston Arena - Ralston, NE Saturday, June 1, 2013 - 8:00PM CT Omaha

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    Breeze
    Standings 2-2
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    1-3 Standings

    Ralston Arena - Ralston, NE Saturday, June 1, 2013 - 8:00PM CT

    Sold Out Crowd in Omaha Witnesses the Impossible

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    The so-called “softest” team in the LFL stood little chance against a powerhouse like the Jacksonville Breeze. In the days leading up to Saturday Night’s matchup, the Omaha Heart were given little respect. Strike that. They were given none.

    Having been blown out in their first ever LFL game in Atlanta over two months ago, the Heart have sat quietly at the bottom of the league, taking every bit of disrespect that could be thrown their way. As the weeks went by, and the LFL displayed a myriad of talented teams from all over the country, this new Omaha franchise became an afterthought. While the rest of the league has their sights on a championship, most LFL players and coaches regarded Omaha as a stepping stone. They’re the sort of team you’d hope to see on your schedule as you make your run at the playoffs. Prior to Saturday night, LFL fans and even league officials looked at a team like Omaha and simply hoped they wouldn’t embarrass themselves again.

    Saturday morning, afternoon, and early evening had the usual game day feeling. The clear favorite walked the halls of the arena with an air of entitlement. The Jacksonville Breeze, who had outscored their opponents 75 to 12 through two games, were high and mighty, feeding off each other’s confidence throughout the day. Meanwhile, a younger and much humbler team watched and waited.

    As game time approached, it was evident that the word “soft” had struck a chord with Omaha. The fast pace and overall physical nature of the LFL had slapped this team awake in their first game. Tonight would be different.

    As the Omaha defense stepped onto the field to start the game, there was little sign of fear or uncertainty. In fact, the tone of the entire game was set on the very first series as defensive end Kelsey Lane and the most ferocious defensive front we’ve seen this year went after Breeze quarterback KK Matheny. This team was angry, and Jacksonville learned it quickly, going three and out and giving up the ball in their own territory.

    Soon after, the first shock of the night took place as Heart wide receiver Sarah Jane Thompson scored on an end-around play giving Omaha the first points of the night. The next play proved definitive of what was to come.

    For some reason, teams in the LFL have trouble punching in the two-point conversions. Whether it’s due to a lack of practice, a lack of focus, or a lack of intensity, these short yardage scenarios can prove difficult for offenses. It’s simply one front versus another; an opportunity for the strength of one team to battle the strength of their opponent. As Omaha lined up for the 2-point conversion at the 3-yard line (their first sign of fearlessness, foregoing the option to line up at the 1-yard line for one point) the fans at the Ralston Arena would get their first opportunity to see their team challenge the Breeze in close quarters. Quarterback Linsey Noble took the snap, charged at the Breeze defense, and plowed into the end-zone for a successful conversion. Those would be the last points scored of the night.

    The Breeze offense was simply exposed on Saturday night. Quarterback KK Matheny was pressured all night long by the LFL’s newest defensive star Kelsey Lane. Lane was unstoppable at times tonight taking on power runners like Saige Steinmetz and Adrian Purnell head-on. She led the defense to one of the best pass rushing performances we’ve seen this year, completely shutting down Jacksonville’s rhythm.

    KK Matheny, at just 5 feet 2 inches tall, looked out of sync the entire night. She was hurried, sacked, ran out of the pocket, forced into making bad throws, and even had trouble with the snap deep in her own territory on multiple occasions. KK would eventually find herself in the back of an ambulance after the game, suffering concussion-like symptoms.

    This victory didn’t come without adversity for the Heart. After threatening the Breeze defense with great scrambling ability and toughness, Linsey Noble left the game at the end of the first half with a sprained MCL. Her replacement, Ashley Lambrecht would have to step in and sustain the one possession lead for the remainder of the game.

    Dontae Allen proved to be a true strategist tonight. At halftime he saw and assessed his weakness, a backup quarterback with little chemistry in the passing game. He would play to his strengths assessed his strengths running the ball with his power back Rayna Berryman and keeping the Breeze offense off the field. The Heart held the ball for the entire third quarter and entered the fourth under the roaring cheers of a crowd that believed.

    Jacksonville’s final push came with less than one minute remaining. KK Matheny rolled back, was pressured and flung a blind prayer into the end zone. As the ball hit the stands, the Heart defense stood there in disbelief. Through toughness, hard work, and flat out aggression, this expansion team had just shut out the top ranked team in the league.

    Now what for Omaha? Now what for Jacksonville? Prior to tonight, Jacksonville looked at this Monday as a time to study game film on Philadelphia and plan how they would approach their post-season run. Now the Breeze are left to study themselves as a team and find out how they respond to letdown. They’ll look for a speedy recovery from Matheny, and work to put this giant upset behind them.

    Omaha on the other hand… has to be considered a franchise with a bright future. Not only does the city of Omaha appear to be one of the most supportive and football loving towns in the LFL, but they now have a winning team to root for. The Heart showed sports fans many things tonight. They showed “heart” of course, sustaining a small lead for four quarters against a team that consists of equal parts power and speed. They showed resiliency, as Ashley Lambrecht stepped in to take the reigns of the offense on short notice after their leader was taken out. Yet most of all, tonight the Heart showed the one thing that makes up winning LFL teams. They showed confidence.

    There wasn’t a player on this team that stepped onto the field tonight with hopes of merely competing. They were here to win. Perhaps the best thing to have happened to this team expansion team out of Omaha was to be blown out in their first ever game because they played with so much fire and intensity tonight that the rest of the league has to be placing them back on the radar. The Heart are no longer a stepping stone. They’ve scored the biggest upset in LFL history, but more importantly, now they’ve earned respect. Omaha shuts out Jacksonville at the Ralston Arena, 8-0!

  • Philadelphia 1st Mariner Arena - Baltimore, MD Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 8:00PM ET Baltimore

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    Passion
    Standings 4-1
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    1st Mariner Arena - Baltimore, MD Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 8:00PM ET

    Baltimore Edges Out Philly by 1-Point, 20-19

    The 1st Mariner Arena was packed with excitement as Angela Rypien and the Baltimore Charm took to the home turf for the first time this season. They would host the reigning Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia Passion in a crucial matchup that would either launch Baltimore back into the playoff race or derail their season all together.

    This was a physical game from the get-go, but Baltimore set the tone early. On their opening drive the Charm drove down the field on the legs of running back TC Mesta as she pounded the Philly defense on the ground. The Charm capped off their charge with a rushing touchdown from Crystal Keys two minutes into the game.

    The Passion were resurgent on the ensuing drive. Quarterback Christy Bell proved why she was the starter as she struck Lindsay Nadonly from midfield for a touchdown to tie things up. The powerful Marirose Roach punched in the extra point and all of a sudden Baltimore was on their heels again.

    The turning point in this game came a few possessions later as the Passion, who had issues with the shotgun snap all night, had a snap fly over the head of Bell in the end zone. The Passion recovered giving the Charm 2 points and the ball at the end of the second half. The Charm were unable to score at the closing seconds of the first half, but they still retained their 1-point lead heading into the locker room. After two hard fought quarters, the Charm led the Passion 8-7.

    As the second half began, Baltimore once again moved the ball well on offense. Not only was TC Mesta running with power, but Quarterbacks Angela Rypien and Morgan Spencer were effective Passers. Rypien found an unlikely target on two occasions tonight in the center Alli Dickey as she reeled in crucial catches tonight that kept drives alive. They capped their drive off with a touchdown from Tamar Harris to go back up by a score 14 to 7.

    Christy Bell and Marirose Roach answered as they drove down the field capping off a drive with a rushing touchdown from Roach. Despite having an off night, Roach did have a few moments in which she looked like her old self. She was quick tonight, but it appears the rest of the league has caught up with her talent level. Regardless, the Passion were back to within one and trailed Baltimore by just a point in the fourth quarter.

    Again, the Charm offense was relentless as TC Mesta charged down the field with power. After she was taken out with a minor leg injury, Tamat Harris punched in her second score of the night and took the Charm back up by seven points with just six minutes left in the game.

    The Passion made one final push to try and keep their hopes of a season opening win alive. Christy Bell found Lauren La Bella in the end zone for a touchdown that would pull them to within one. The following point after attempt was the biggest play of the season for Baltimore so far. They held the Passion down at the 1-yard line and sustained their small lead with a little over two minutes left.

    The Passion opted not to try for the onside kick as just as it looked like they might stop the Charm on downs, Passion cornerback Crystal Gibson made the cardinal sin of getting a pass interference penalty called on her. The Charm were given a new set of downs and simply had to run out the clock, which they did.

    As the Charm rushed the field in celebration, the Passion headed for the locker room under the sting of a narrow defeat. They’ll need to sort things out and make better use of their talent if they want to return to their old winning ways.

    Meanwhile it appears that this Baltimore Charm team is maturing right before our eyes. The offense looked smooth with the one-two punch from quarterbacks Rypien and Spencer and is complemented well with the power running of TC Mesta. Gary Clark and the new coaching staff seem to have found their stride as this team looked much more sharp and focused this game. They’ll look to continue their streak as they prepare to take on Tamar Fennell and the explosive Cleveland Crush offense in one month’s time right back at the 1st Mariner Arena. For now, Baltimore can rest assured knowing they are fully back in the eastern conference playoff race. The Charm edge out the Passion 20-19!

  • Omaha Quicken Loans Arena - Cleveland, OH Friday, June 14, 2013 - 9:00PM ET Cleveland

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    Heart
    Standings 1-3
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    1-3 Standings

    Quicken Loans Arena - Cleveland, OH Friday, June 14, 2013 - 9:00PM ET

    Cleveland Gets Their First Ever Franchise Win beating Omaha 12-0!

    There’s a first time for everything! Tonight the Cleveland Crush hosted an Omaha Heart team that was still running on a high after scoring the biggest upset in LFL history. That momentum was short lived, as the Heart looked perfectly inept at the Quicken Loans Arena this evening.

    On the opening drive, it appeared that Omaha would pound the rock down the throats of the Crush defense. Running back Rayna Berryman and slot receiver Sarah Jane Thompson were running with power to move the chains. Unfortunately, with no threat through the air, the Heart succumbed to being predictable offensively. It wasn’t long before Cleveland grew wise to Omaha’s strategy. Berryman was soon overwhelmed by Theresa Petruziello and the Crush defense.

    As Cleveland took over, it only took one play for the tone to be set. Tamar Fennell broke free through the secondary on a stretch play and scored the opening points of the game. The Crush were off and running.

    Once again, the Heart displayed an inability to move the ball. Quarterback Ashley Lambrecht was completely ineffective as a passer, completing ZERO of her pass attempts tonight. The absence of Linsey Noble (out for the season with a torn ACL) was evident as Omaha looked worse and worse as the game went on. They appeared to have no leader whatsoever. The defense of Omaha was stepping up for the time being and shutout Cleveland for the remainder of the half. The Heart were down 6-0, but still in it with two quarters to play.

    Cleveland’s defense was led tonight by the aggression of cornerback Christine Pendleton and the absolute physical dominance of Theresa Petruziello. Game MVP Petruziello was fierce and all over the Heart offense. She had vicious hits all night long and made sure that Omaha’s spirit was never too high. The Heart’s defensive front led by Kelsey “Train” Lane and Jackie McDuffey were held at bay by the Crush offensive line. The duo’s dominance of two weeks ago had disappeared. Cleveland’s Micaela Minner and Lauren Noe won every battle in the trenches and allowed their quarterback Tia Knipper to become plenty comfortable in the pocket.

    As the fourth quarter began, Knipper found Petruziello in the corner of the end zone on a fade pattern giving the Crush a comfortable 12-0 lead with just seven minutes left in the game. As the final minutes faded from the scoreboard, Omaha continued to embarass themselves with incompletion after incompletion. The game couldn’t end quick enough as the dog biscuits being thrown from the loud and proud “Crush Pound” in the end zone further humiliated the Heart.

    Tonight, Cleveland showed their ability to move the ball on the ground with the fast legs of Tamar Fennell as well as a threatening passing attack from rookie quarterback Tia Knipper who continues to shine in her first LFL season. This team has the most feared receiver in the league in Petruziello and one of the strongest front lines on both sides of the ball. Head coach Dontez Howard may have given the Crush franchise its first ever win, but moreover, he has brought life to this team. At 1-1, they are leading the northeast division and have their sights set on a much bigger victory. Cleveland snatches their first win tonight, shutting out Omaha 12-0!

  • Jacksonville PPL Park - Chester, PA Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 8:00PM ET Philadelphia

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    Standings 2-2
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    4-1 Standings

    PPL Park - Chester, PA Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 8:00PM ET

    Philly Regains Respect as they Close Out Jacksonville 21-19

    Saturday night’s game at PPL Park in Philadelphia was undoubtedly the biggest game of the 2013 LFL season thus far. The 2-1 Jacksonville Breeze were desperate to put that devastating loss they suffered two weeks ago at the hands of the expansion Omaha Heart as far behind them as possible. With the Eastern conference looking better each day, a loss tonight would put Jacksonville’s playoff hopes in serious jeopardy.

    The Philadelphia Passion however were driven in this game by the same fear. Having come so close to a championship one year ago, the Passion were staring an 0-2 start directly in the face and forced to make a decision; either win and have a chance at a playoff run or lose and start preparing for next season.

    Jacksonville won the coin toss and elected to receive under the lights of rowdy Philly crowd. The air was soft, and there was little wind in this regular season playoff atmosphere. As Breeze running back Shelltrice Turner began the return the cheers throughout PPL Park slowly began to subside. Turner found the hole in the middle of the field taking it all the way to the house to spark the Breeze and put them on the board.

    The Breeze defensive followed up the great start with a stop on downs after what appeared to be a solid drive for Philadelphia fizzled near the red zone. Jacksonville superstar Adrian Purnell was fed the ball on the next play and took it all the way in for a score. Shelltrice Turner ran in the 1-point attempt and the Breeze looked like the team we all saw at the start of the season. They looked fast, strong, and focused.

    In the second quarter, Philly running back Marirose Roach began to take effect. Her lateral style of running took the Breeze defense completely off-guard. Complementing Roach was quarterback Christy Bell’s ability to find her receivers at crucial moments. With 6:56 remaining in the half, Bell found Roach on a short screen pass and then watched her star running back plow into the end zone for their first points of the game.

    As halftime approached the physicality became more and more apparent. No play ended with cordiality. There was a fierceness on the field that Breeze and Passion fans hadn’t seen in their team’s last game. The importance of tonight’s game, along with how evenly matched the two teams were, was beginning to settle in for everyone.

    Philadelphia’s newest sensation Maegan Larsen arrived in the second half. She was found taking the direct snap from behind center and had great success running off the tight ends. With 3:54 remaining in the 3rd, Larsen found pay dirt to tie up the game. After an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty was called on the Breeze, the Passion lined up for the 1-point conversion at the half-yard line. Larsen then followed suit with the same direct snap play to take the lead. The Passion were leading 14-13 and desperation began to creep up on the Breeze.

    KK Matheny then led a crucial drive down the field on the hands of her go-to target Bryn Renda and on the legs of her power back Saige Steinmetz. As the fourth quarter began, Jacksonville was deep in Philly territory and on the verge of taking the lead. No amount of chanting from the sidelines or pressure from the defense could stop Saige Steinmetz as she bowled into the end zone to retake the lead for her team. The conversion was unsuccessful however, and Jacksonville’s five-point lead was anything but comfortable.

    Alas, Christy Bell’s poise arrived. On a drive that may define her season, she fed the ball to the elusive and powerful Marirose Roach in order to get her team within striking distance. On a second down from mid-field, Bell play-faked to Roach and stepped back to find a crossing Lindsay Nadonly who ran untouched into the end zone to take back the lead. On the 1-point conversion, the fearless Maegan Larsen followed up with her signature off-tackle direct snap run, and the Passion were leading late in the game by a score of 21-19.

    On the ensuing drive, KK Matheny and the Breeze were able to drive down once again deep into Philly territory, crossing into within ten yards of the goal-line with a fresh set of downs. This is where the Passion proved to possess a championship defense. With pressure up front coming from Dragon Richardson and the Larsen sisters playing stern off the edge, the Breeze simply had no where to go. On 4th and goal, KK Matheny sprinted left and pitched out to Steinmetz who was rocked out of bounds by game MVP Maegan Larsen. The Passion would take over and lineup in victory formation.

    Tonight, the Eastern Conference shaped up even more. The Breeze will wait patiently for the rest of the league to finish their regular season as they sit in hopes that a 2-2 record is enough to earn a playoff birth. Meanwhile, the Passion are back in the chase for the post-season. Christy Bell proved she can lead an offense in crucial situations, Marirose Roach continues to be one of the toughest backs in the league to stop, and rookie Maegan Larsen is putting in a strong bid at being named rookie of the year. This Philadelphia team has all the potential it needs to get back to a championship. They’ll look to continue their momentum as they host the 2-1 Atlanta Steam right back at PPL Park on July 13th. Tonight, Philly regains respect as they beat Jacksonville 21-19!

  • Green Bay Orleans Arena - Las Vegas, NV Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 8:00PM PT Las Vegas

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    Standings 1-3
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    Orleans Arena - Las Vegas, NV Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 8:00PM PT

    BRACE YOURSELF, LAS VEGAS SIN ARE BACK AS THEY HOLD OFF GREEN BAY 40 – 32

    As the Vegas strip lights were ready to be lit up again this past Saturday night, Vegas’ only football team’s lights were expected to go out for the season as the Vegas Sin were coming off a 34 – 12 embarrassing loss to Chicago and were headed into a match-up with Western Conference powerhouse Green Bay and its No.1 ranked offense.

    What made Saturday’s game even more vital for Las Vegas was the fact that Pacific Division leader Seattle Mist were undefeated and rival Los Angeles was getting healthy and ready to make its annual Playoff push.

    Anxiety mounted as fans wondered if rookie Head Coach Jeremiah Captain was qualified and if perhaps 2nd year players such as quarterback Nikki Johnson, Cassandra Strickland, Maddie McCoy and Danika Brace were over-rated.

    In contrast, Green Bay was coming into the game riding the high of a 40-8 win over Minnesota and a new found sense of confidence that it can compete against the best in the West. Superstar quarterback Anne Erler was leading the league in passing and wide receiver Anne Heasman was leading the league in receptions.

    The Western Conference possible Playoff preview started with the offensive fireworks everyone expected when you have two of the game’s elite quarterbacks under center in Las Vegas’ Nikki Johnson and Green Bay’s Anne Erler. Although scoring begun on the ground as the highly-touted Vegas running back Carmen Bourseau plowed through the Green Bay defense for a 4yd run to cap at 4 play 40 yard drive to put Vegas in the lead 6-0.

    Green Bay’s explosive offense answered on the very next play from scrimmage when Erler connected with Heasman on a 35yd touchdown play that was one of a league record five touchdown receptions on the night for Heasman, the score tied the game at 6-6. Just like any heavyweight bout, when one strikes the other answers, as did Johnson connecting with rookie wide receiver Kelly Schroeder on a 18yd pass for a score with 3:38 still left in the 1st quarter to regain the lead, 12-6.

    If Green Bay was to make believers of the LFL, they had to keep pace with Vegas and Erler once again mastered a 6 play 35yd drive which ended with a 3yd touchdown pass to Heasman and converted its 2pt conversion to take a 14-12 lead. At this point, it became  evident that neither of these defenses were a match for these high-powered offenses.

    Johnson and Vegas responded yet again with a 35yd drive of their own which led to a 9yd Johnson touchdown pass to Stephany Pearls to go up again 18-14, this lead change would be one of four in the game going into the half.

    At halftime the screams of Green Bay head coach Gilbert Brown could be heard through the back halls of Orleans Arena as he tried to rally his troops for a possible steal on the road. Green Bay responded by Erler yet again finding Heasman for a third time on a 5 play 30yd drive that pushed Green Bay ahead 20-18 and deflated the Vegas crowd.

    In accordance to the theme of the night, veteran quarterback Nikki Johnson and middle linebacker Danika Brace kept composure on both sides of the ball which kept Vegas fighting en route to another 35yd drive and connection from Johnson to Pearls to give Vegas the 26-20 lead with 2:05 left in the 3rd quarter.

    The Vegas score marked the official Quarterback Dual between two of the best, perhaps the Tom Brady vs Peyton Manning type match-up of the LFL, as Green Bay’s ‘Sheriff’ Erler guided another scoring drive to answer Johnson connecting with Heasman on a 13yd touchdown pass to tie the game 26-26 as the seconds ticked off in the 3rd quarter.

    The Final Act or 4th quarter, began with both team’s understanding the importance of finishing the game that could easily determine their fate as it relates to the Playoffs. As Vegas took possession, all eyes were on the All-Fantasy (all-star) quarterback and leader Nikki Johnson who dropped back to pass and found no one, than decided to use her mobility on a 35yd RGIII type scamper for a score, taking a commanding 32-26 lead and erupting the Vegas crowd. The score also sent a message to members of the Los Angeles Temptation that were in attendance, reminding them of the arsenal the second-year quarterback possess.

    Erler & Co. however were not impressed, responding with a Groundhog Day type drive that once again ended with Erler connecting with Heasman on their fifth and final score of the game to come within two points of Vegas 32-32. Next Green Bay opted to go for a 2pt conversion, which to date had only been converted 36% of the time across the league and as predicted failed.

    Now the stage was set for Johnson to achieve legendary status in front of her hometown fans who have watched her play the position since she was 8yrs old in Las Vegas. Much like John Elway’s ‘The Drive’, Johnson kept a level head and led a surgical 5 play and 35 yard drive finding veteran tight end Maddie McCoy for the game-winning 4yd touchdown pass taking a final 40-32 lead.

    Than with only 2 minutes left Sheriff Erler stepped onto the field against a defense that had little success in defending against the No.1 ranked offense all-night. Green Bay opened its final series of downs with a 5yd run by Amber Mane than followed that up with a Erler to Heasman 10yd completion with under 1:30 left. Than came the fumble that could haunt Green Bay in the Playoff picture, as rookie running back Amber Mane was stripped by Vegas’ Maha Hawwass and the Vegas defense recovered as Green Bay was left stunned.

    The game ended with a couple victory formation kneel-downs by Johnson. Despite incredible offensive performances the game also marked a rebirth for Vegas middle-linebacker and Game MVP Danika Brace who created havoc all-night for the Green Bay offense.

    For Green Bay now at 1-2, they must sit and watch the Midwest Division unfold as Minnesota (0-1) has three tough games remaining and Chicago (1-1) has a vista to Minnesota and a visit to Green Bay. That visit to the ‘Graveyard’ on August 10th, most expect will determine the Midwest Division winner.

  • Las Vegas Citizens Business Bank Arena - Ontario, CA Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 8:00PM PT Los Angeles

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    Sin
    Standings 1-3
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    Temptation
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    Citizens Business Bank Arena - Ontario, CA Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 8:00PM PT

    SALERNO & CO. PREVAIL OVER VEGAS IN A MEMORABLE BATTLE, 42-26

    (Ontario, CA – Saturday, June 29, 2013) In the classic baseball hit-movie Field of Dreams the voice told Ray Kinsella the character played by Kevin Costner, ‘If you build it, they will come’. Perhaps in 2008, that same voice was whispering in the ear of LFL Founder Mitchell Mortaza’s when he launched at the time Lingerie Football League now Legends Football League.

    Saturday night’s Centennial Game in Ontario, California was merely yet another milestone in many that have been accomplished by a league still considered to be in its infancy. Anytime Pacific Division rivals Las Vegas Sin and Los Angeles Temptation battle, its considered a marquis match-up, but Saturday night’s game had an even more unique atmosphere.

    The pre-game festivities started as the thousands in attendance at Citizens Business Bank Arena were treated to a 100th game celebration hosted by LFL Global Founder & Chairman Mitchell Mortaza as well as LFL Global’s Chief Operating Office Heather Theisen and their families. As the balloons dropped and the cake with 100 candles was wheeled out to midfield, you definitely got a sense for how special the evening was going to be. Mortaza ended the festivities by saying to the crowd, “If you think we have accomplished some amazing milestones leading up to the first 100 games, wait until the next 100!”

    As the balloons were removed and cake served to lucky fans, the two heavyweights prepared for nothing short of what was going to a battle and perhaps the most memorable game in LFL history.

    The 1st quarter the defenses shined shutting out both powerful offenses behind the play of two of the game’s premiere middle linebackers in Vegas’ Danika Brace and LA’s Monique Gaxiola. However, the two stallions that are LA and Vegas’ offenses could not be caged much longer as an epic Tom Brady vs Peyton Manning-type showdown begun as LA’s Ashley Salerno and Vegas’ Nikki Johnson led their respective offenses on long-scoring drives in the 2nd quarter.

    Salerno orchestrated an 8 play 34 yard drive to score on a Melissa Margulies 3yd run to put LA up 7-0. Not to be over-shadowed by Salerno, Johnson herself managed an 8 play 35 yard drive capping it with a 5 yard dart to now one of the premiere receivers in the LFL, Cassandra Strickland. Vegas’ extra point failed and LA continued to lead 7-6 with 3:46 left in the half.

    Salerno & Co. responded driving 35 yards and Salerno herself put the exclamation mark on the drive with a 4 yard scamper, with a Danielle Harvey extra point, LA now led 14-6.

    With only :17 seconds remaining before the half. Most expected Vegas to take a knee and re-group at halftime. However, this was Nikki Johnson and a high-powered offense with great outside weapons like Strickland and the surprising rookie receiver Kelley Schroeder.

    Johnson engineered a Joe Montana-like 2 plays inside of only :17 seconds including a no-time left on the clock zip touchdown pass to Schroeder to draw closer to LA at halftime, 12-14. Johnson finished the half with two touchdown passes while Salerno guided a balanced offensive attack.

    At halftime, fans realized this game was as good as promised and they were in for an incredible 2nd half.

    The 3rd quarter began with Salerno & Co. back to work with an offensive display LA had not shown all-season including a consistent running game with Margulies who finished the game with an impressive 76 yards including a touchdown run on the night. While Margulies helped advancing the ball down the field on the opening drive of the 3rd quarter, it was Salerno finding Harvey for a 4 yard touchdown pass that gave LA a commanding 21-12 lead.

    Playing now in her third season including her stint with LFL Canada, Johnson was not going to be rattled by the 9 point deficit and led her team on the legs of rookie running back Carmen Bourseau down the field as Bourseau capped the drive with a powerful 8 yard touchdown run and with the successful 2 point conversion, the heavyweight fight was now, LA 21 Vegas 20.

    The pressure went back to Salerno and LA’s offense and the 3rd year quarterback was up for the test leading a quick 2 play 35 yard scoring drive, capped with a 26 yard touchdown bomb to Jasmine Byndloss to put LA up 29 to 20. Byndloss and Salerno connected again, this time for 43 yards to give LA a yet another commanding 35 to 20 lead. The Vegas safeties were torched throughout the night by Salerno as the successful Margulies running attack would draw the safeties in on play-action.

    With a 6:08 still left in the game, Johnson knew it was not nearly time to push the panic-button especially with Vegas’ offensive weapons managing a score before the half with only :17 seconds remaining.

    Johnson went back to work on a very quick :50 second 2 play drive finding her own big target in Strickland for a 20 yard scoring pass to bring Vegas within 9 points, 26 to 35.

    Being down with now 4:52 left, Vegas opted for the onside kick, however LA recovered the kick and never looked back. LA finished the game with a time-consuming 6 play drive that ended with a Game MVP Salerno’s 2 yard touchdown run to put the game out of reach, 42 to 26 with 1:46 left.

    The score also erupted an already frustrated Vegas coaching staff who proceeded to jump onto the field and challenge the officials. That resulted in the LFL’s first-ever coaches ejection of Vegas head coach Jeremiah Captain.

    Knowing that their now slim Playoff chances are fast dissolving, Vegas knew point differential could come into play for them to get into the Playoffs. So they made another push for a score but the drive ended in disaster as franchise quarterback Nikki Johnson was hit against the boards and had to be taken off the field in a stretcher. X-rays following the game came back negative for any head or neck injury and is listed as Questionable for the July 20 game vs Seattle after suffering a possible concussion.

    Los Angeles now is one game from Seattle, however Seattle holds the tie-breaker should both teams end the season 3-1. Los Angeles with a win in Minnesota will qualify for the Wildcard in the Western Division.

    For Las Vegas, they finish their season at home on July 20 versus Seattle. Should they beat Seattle, at 2-2 they will need Minnesota to beat both Seattle and LA which would create a 3-way tie in the Pacific Division at 2-2, than hope the point margins for both Minnesota wins are significant.

    final stats
    Las vegas los angeles
    score 26 42
    first downs 16 14
    rushes-yards (NET) 18-100 29-129
    passing yds (net) 90 80
    Passes Att-Comp-Int 17-7-0 4-4-0
    TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 35-190 33-209
    Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 1-0
    Kickoff Returns-Yards 1-17 2-9
    Interception Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
    Punts (Number-Avg) 0-0.0 0-0.0
    Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0
    Penalties-Yards 4-22 6-45
    Possession Time 15:14 16:46
    Third-Down Conversions 0 of 5 2 of 4
    Fourth-Down Conversions 2 of 3 2 of 2
    Red-Zone Scores-Chances 3-5 4-4
  • Minnesota Showare Center - Kent, WA Saturday, July 6, 2013 - 8:00PM PT Seattle

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    Valkyrie
    Standings 0-3
    Seattle
    Mist
    4-0 Standings

    Showare Center - Kent, WA Saturday, July 6, 2013 - 8:00PM PT

    4 YEARS OF BRIDESMAID, SEATTLE FINALLY PLAYOFF BOUND WITH 38-0 WIN

    (KENT, WA. – Saturday, July 6, 2013) We all have been told that ‘good things come to those who wait’. Seattle has been waiting for a Playoff berth since the franchise debuted in 2009. Coming within a final game or points of the Playoffs in multiple seasons, but never getting the invitation to the big dance.

    On Saturday night, the stage was set as the Seattle faithful poured into ShoWare Center hoping to see their beloved Mist not only pursue a Playoff berth but the Pacific Division crown over powerhouse Los Angeles Temptation and a solid Las Vegas Sin squad.

    There was careful optimism heading into the game as Seattle was incredibly loose during pre-game and walked with a swagger. Could that swagger been because they were facing the No.12 ranked team in Minnesota or was it more to do with its now No.2 ranked offense average a staggering 39pts. per game and a quarterback in Laurel Creel who is now amongst the league’s elite. Surrounding Creel are weapons that Offensive Coordinator and Head Coach Chris Michaelson could only dream about prior, impact rookies like running back Mele Rich and wide receiver Shuree Hyatt as well as the emergence of 2nd year wide receiver Riki Creger-Zier and Jessica Hopkins who is now the most clutch receiver in the game.

    With its bullets secure in their chambers, Michaelson and crew went to work on a Minnesota team still in search of its identity. A Valkyrie squad who’s coaching staff has been highly criticized all-season, an inept offense and a defense that cannot tackle or cover.

    As the opening festivities concluded with 4th of July celebrations including an oversized US flag being rolled by both teams and a coin-toss by Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor, it was finally time to kickoff.

    Seattle did not disappoint the near capacity crowd as offensive coordinator Michaelson dialed-up some razzle-dazzle from the opening play lining up quarterback Laurel Creel at wide receiver than tossing a lateral pass to her as Creel than found a streaking Shuree Hyatt for a 34yd touchdown bomb to go up 8-0 with 4:34 in the 1st.

    Minnesota turned the ball over on downs for a 2nd series, this time 4 and done turning the ball back over to Seattle inside Minnesota’s 16yd line. Seattle did not waste anytime with the short field gift as the resurgent Creel who is having a career-season found another rookie target, this time LaShaunda Fowler for a 16yd touchdown pass to increase Seattle’s lead to 16-0.

    Desperately trying to stay in the game but simply lacking the weapons and protection, rookie Minnesota quarterback threw her 2nd interception of the half which led to yet another Creel touchdown pass this time to veteran Jessica Hopkins as the seconds closed down on the first half of play with Seattle in the lead, 22-0.

    At halftime, despite being up 22-0, Seattle’s locker-room was filled with a sense of urgency and focus while Minnesota continued to lack direction.

    That lack of focus continued into the 2nd half for Minnesota which in one series had 8 attempts inside the Seattle 10yd line or RedZone yet came away with zero points. For Seattle, the Air Creel Show continued as she opened their first series of the 2nd half guiding the Mist offense on a 5 play 35yd scoring drive capped with a 19yd touchdown pass to Shuree Hyatt, their 2nd connection on the night.

    Minnesota rookie quarterback Kari Janes continued to struggle in the 2nd half, throwing another 2 interceptions and finishing the game with a disappointing 5 completions on 19 attempts.

    The veteran Creel was not done as she continued to school the rookie Janes, finishing the scoring on the night with a 8yd pass to Riki Creger-Zier to put the final nail in the 2013 coffin of Minnesota at 38-0.

    The win for Seattle clinched a Playoff berth and at least the No.2 seed in the Western Conference Playoffs and more than likely the No.1 seed if Seattle can beat Las Vegas on July 20 or a Chicago or Los Angeles loss. Regardless, Seattle has accomplished the impossible in winning its first-ever Pacific Division over 3-time Legends Cup champion Los Angeles and a Las Vegas team that played in the Western Conference Championship last season.

    For Minnesota, two more games remain and still an outside shot at the Playoffs as a Wildcard with home match-ups coming up against rival Chicago and the season-finale vs. Los Angeles.

    final stats
    MINN SEA
    score 0 38
    first downs 5 13
    rushes-yards (NET) 18-63 10-61
    passing yds (net) 12 152
    Passes Att-Comp-Int 19-5-4 21-11-2
    TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 38-75 31-213
    Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
    Kickoff Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
    Interception Returns-Yards 2-19 4-26
    Punts (Number-Avg) 0-0.0 0-0.0
    Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-1
    Penalties-Yards 3-12 3-12
    Possession Time 19:58 12:15
    Third-Down Conversions 1 of 7 2 of 4
    Fourth-Down Conversions 0 of 6 1 of 2
    Red-Zone Scores-Chances 0-2 3-6

     

  • Cleveland 1st Mariner Arena - Baltimore, MD Friday, July 12, 2013 - 9:00PM ET Baltimore

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    Crush
    Standings 1-3
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    3-2 Standings

    1st Mariner Arena - Baltimore, MD Friday, July 12, 2013 - 9:00PM ET

    RECORD BALTIMORE CROWD WITNESS OT WIN OVER CLEVELAND, 24-18

    (BALTIMORE, MD – Saturday, July 13, 2013)  A city that prides itself on ‘Football & Crabs’ fell out of love with the LFL’s Baltimore Charm after posting two-losing seasons in its first seasons as a franchise. Having become a football town and with the Ravens winning another Super Bowl, little to no attention has been given to the Baltimore Charm.

    Couple the lack of fan interest in a losing team with an off-season full of turmoil as Head Coach Rick Reeder and his staff were released, the franchise was at its lowest point. Than Baltimore signs the most high-profile free agent of the off-season in former Seattle Mist quarterback Angela Rypien and follows that with the hiring of Super Bowl champion wide receiver Gary Clark. Suddenly the town is buzzing with excitement and the Charm are getting featured coverage across Baltimore media.

    Following Saturday night’s overtime battle and win (only the 2nd OT in league history) over another resurgent LFL franchise in the Cleveland Crush, Baltimore is riding high in 1st place of the Northeastern Division. As the record Baltimore crowd piled into 1st Mariner Arena you had a sense of change in the franchise, perhaps fan fare, media attention and winning football were now on the door-step of a franchise that has been the door-stop of the Eastern Conference in its first two seasons.

    The Northeastern battle began with what has plagued this Gary Clark led offense, poor play-calling that started with 4 straight run plays and a turnover on downs. With a short field, Cleveland took advantage using their ace, Tamar Fennell on a 5 play 16 yard scoring drive that finished with a 3yd Fennell touchdown run to have Cleveland go up 6-0.

    Angela Rypien responded orchestrating a 5 play 35 yard scoring drive featuring the Ray Rice of the Charm, TC Mesta who scored on a 5 yard run to tie the game, 6-6. With only 2:05 remaining in the 1st half, Tia Knipper part of an incredible 2013 class of rookie quarterbacks took a shot down the field and found a streaking Tamar Fennell for a 35 yard touchdown pass to quickly go up, 12-6 at the half.

    While up at halftime, Cleveland’s franchise quarterback Knipper was knocked out of the game with a broken thumb which was going to be the storyline of this game in the 2nd half. As the 2nd half began, Cleveland inserted an unlikely backup quarterback in Tiffany Soggs who had taken very few if any snaps behind Knipper all-season. The rust did not show as Soggs guided a staggering 9 play 27 yard scoring drive that ended by finding Theresa Petruziello in the corner of the end zone on a 10 yard touchdown pass to take a commanding 18-6 lead over Baltimore.

    It was at this point where previous Baltimore teams would have packed it in, with only 3:26 left in the 3rd quarter hope was fleeting fast behind an unproven young quarterback in Rypien, an offensive system that had many holes and a finesse front line. However, this is a new-look Charm roster that includes the most unlikely of heroes and that would be center Ally Dickey who surprised everyone with a 29 yard touchdown run that brought the game back within reach at 12-18 with 1:33 left in the 3rd quarter.

    As the 4th quarter began, it was obvious both teams knew their seasons in all likelihood would be coming down to one final quarter.

    Baltimore continued its quarterback shuffle inserting Morgan Spencer with a degree of success while Rypien struggled finishing the night 3 of 10 for only 11 yards and interception. Spencer did not do much better as she went 3 of 6 for 45 yards, but she managed to extend drives with her feet as Spencer is considered the more mobile of the two Baltimore quarterbacks. With Spencer under center, Baltimore tied the game with a 3 play 31 yard 4th quarter drive that was capped by perhaps the unsung hero of this Baltimore squad, Tamara Harris who broke off a 25 yard touchdown run. Mesta led the team in rushing finishing the night with 55 yards on 10 carries while Mesta carried 12 times for 50 yards.

    With a back-up quarterback having taken little to no snaps, Cleveland’s offense continued to struggle not scoring in the final 17 minutes of play including the remainder of the 3rd, all of the 4th and overtime. The Cleveland passing game was an unbelievable -5 yards in the 2nd half. Soggs threw for a staggering 3 interceptions in the 2nd half.

    In overtime, both teams had their shots and failed. It appeared we could be heading toward a tie game as the sudden-death overtime was coming to an end. In overtime the Baltimore record crowd came to life and helped bring some fire to an offense that was now in the command of Spencer not Rypien. It took only 1:50 for Spencer to guide the Charm offense on a game-winning drive that ended on a trick play as Spencer found rookie Heather Hudson in the back of the end zone for a 11yd touchdown pass. As Hudson caught the pass all of 1st Mariner Arena exploded as winning and now the Playoffs and possibly a division championship was at Baltimore’s grasp.

    For Baltimore, a win in a tough environment in Omaha on August 3rd means clinching the No.2 possibly No.2 seed in the Playoffs and the Northeastern Division.

    For Cleveland, they have a pivotal matchup versus Eastern Conference powerhouse Philadelphia in Cleveland. With a win and some help, Cleveland can sneak into the Playoffs as the Wildcard.

     

  • Atlanta PPL Park - Chester, PA Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 8:00PM ET Philadelphia

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  • Seattle Orleans Arena - Las Vegas, NV Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 8:00PM PT Las Vegas

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    Orleans Arena - Las Vegas, NV Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 8:00PM PT

    VEGAS’ PLAY IS A SIN AS THEY ROLL-OVER FOR SEATTLE, 52-14

    (LAS VEGAS, NV. – Saturday, July 20, 2013)  Not since the New York Yankees of baseball and Dallas Cowboys of football has as much talent been wasted as the Vegas Sin have wasted in the 2013 season. Entering Saturday night’s game vs Seattle with a 1-2 record and a franchise in turmoil, the outlook was as grim as the casino floor at Circus Circus on a Wednesday night.

    This game was served up on platter to this Vegas Sin franchise that had the opportunity to right the ship beating the No.1 Seattle Mist as well as Vegas coach Jeremiah Captain and linebacker Danika Brace beating their former team.

    The start of the game showed signs of hope as rookie running back Carmen Bourseau made the edge and turned up the field for a 45 yard touchdown run that showed not only is Bourseau a bruising back, but also has jets as she out-ran the entire Seattle defense to give Vegas an early 6-0 lead.

    Possible League MVP Laurel Creel than took center stage with her No.2 ranked offense and league high 11 touchdown passes against only 3 interceptions. Creel & Co. walked to their first huddle with a bit of an undefeated swagger despite All-Fantasy wide receiver Jessica Hopkins missing the game with a possible torn MCL. Creel guided the Mist offense on a 4 play 35 yard drive which ended on a 6 yard touchdown pass from Creel to LaShaunda Fowler who is quietly having a career season on both sides of the ball. Fowler’s score tied the game 6-6 with 4:52 still left in the 1st quarter.

    Before the quarterback dual could begin, Nikki Johnson’s pass was picked off on the ensuing drive by Mele Rich and taken to the house on a 49 yard touchdown return. The Rich score gave Seattle a 14-6 lead and Seattle never looked back.

    Johnson struggled behind a make-shift offensive line that sometimes collapsed around her and at other times center Elise Barkman sent snaps sailing above Johnson’s head while Creel benefited from great protection which led to yet another Seattle score, this time Creel connecting on a 31 yard touchdown bomb with LaShaunda Fowler extending the Seattle lead to 22-6.

    Not yet ready to through in the towel on a horrible season, Nikki Johnson and the Vegas offense mounted a 6 play 35 yard drive that ended with a Johnson to Kelley Schroeder touchdown pass bringing Vegas to within 8 points, 22-14. The No.2 ranked offense and a bend but don’t break Seattle defense finished the 1st half on a flurry of plays including two offensive scoring drives which included a Creel to Megan Hanson touchdown pass and a Mele Rich 1 yard touchdown run, the scores gave Seattle a commanding 36-14 lead at halftime.

    At halftime, it became very evident which team was better-coached, better-prepared and had better horses. Vegas still appeared to have the hangover of losing to LA a couple weeks earlier.

    The 2nd half was only going to get uglier for Vegas as Seattle continued to put their foot on the throat of Vegas engineering a Playoff-like 5 play 35 yard scoring drive that ended with a Creel 1 yard touchdown run to extend the Seattle lead to 44-14.

    Seattle added another clock-eating drive to start the 4th quarter that was driven on the feet of possible Rookie of the Year candidate Mele Rich who capped the drive with 2 yard touchdown giving Seattle its highest points scored mark at 52 and greatest point differential in franchise history. Rich finished the game with 68 yards on 9 carries and had 2 scores.

    The combination of Seattle’s outstanding rookies Rich and Hyatt, proved to be too much for a Vegas defense that resembled more a bullfighter than a defense. The two combined for over 93 all-purpose yards from scrimmage.

    Creel only missed on one pass finishing the game with a staggering 7 completions on 8 attempts and 3 touchdown passes. Vegas’ Johnson had her worst career performance completing only 9 passes on 21 attempts and throwing for a career-high 3 interceptions.

    Johnson and Vegas now have an entire off-season to think about this one.

    After a 1-3 season and failing to meet off the field commitments, both players and coaches, find themselves wondering about their futures with the franchise. How does a team with as many All-Fantasy and potential All-Fantasy players end the season at 1-3?

    For Seattle, they now await the winner of the Western Conference Divisional Playoff round. Seattle’s clinching of the No.1 seed provided them a bye from the 1st round of the Playoffs, they will play the winner of the Divisional Round in Los Angeles at the Conference Championship game on Saturday, August 24.

  • Chicago Target Center - Minneapolis, MN Friday, July 26, 2013 - 9:00PM CT Minnesota

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    0-3 Standings

    Target Center - Minneapolis, MN Friday, July 26, 2013 - 9:00PM CT

    FURR & FERRARI HARRIS ROLL OVER MINNESOTA 25-12

    (MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Friday, July 26, 2013) A typical black-and-blue Midwestern Division match-up which meant little on paper to one and an opportunity to turn a season around for the other. Heading into the game Chicago head coach Keith Hac had said, “We are planning a very vanilla approach because we do not want to show our playbook to Green Bay”, alluding to the monster match-up on August 10 in Green Bay that will determine the Midwestern Division winner and No.2 seed in the Western Conference Playoffs.

    Both teams started slow out of the gate with a lot of rust and amoebic offenses that struggled against physical and at times contentious defensive play. Chicago was the first to strike in the 2nd Quarter when Heather Furr completed a 9 play 49 yard drive consuming nearly 5 minutes that was capped with a 20 yard Furr touchdown pass to rookie sensation Ali Alberts. Furr is having a career season leading the league with a staggering 125.8 passer rating while Alberts is a ‘Rookie of the Year’ nominee.

    While Furr impressed, another promising quarterback who has drawn headlines for her sometime Anne Erler-type play creation, Minnesota’s Kari Janes managed her own 4:38 drive that included 8 plays and covered 35 yards to tie the game 6-6 with a Maria Rye touchdown run with only :38 seconds left in the half. The score was only the 2nd time the league’s 11th ranked offense managed to score all-season.

    Than much like the season has gone for a young Minnesota roster, with only :33 seconds left in the 1st half, they allowed Furr & Co. to orchestrate a 4 play 35 yard scoring drive that ended with a Furr to ChrisDell FERRARI Harris touchdown reception to take a 12-6 lead into halftime.

    In the 2nd half, the superior team started to pull away as the Furr to Alberts combination resurfaced on a 25 yard touchdown pass to give Chicago a 19-6 lead with 7:00 minutes left in the 3rd Quarter. Alberts was not done as she scored her 3rd touchdown of the night to open the 4th Quarter with another extended 7 play 44 yard drive to take a commanding 25-6 lead.

    While there have not been many bright spots for Valkyrie fans in 2013, the play of Kari Janes has been consistent contributing 70 all-purpose yards which included the final score of the night when she put together a 9 play 35 yard drive scoring herself on a 3 yard dart to bring Minnesota to a respectable 25-12 deficit with 2:12 left in the game. However the onside kick failed and Chicago took over and brought the game to an end.

    It was a physical game that could have been closer if it were not for a pair of major challenges won by veteran Chicago coach Keith Hac.

    The 0-3 Minnesota season certainly spells trouble for 1st year coach Benson Manento who has had a tough time managing the roster and also lost the faith of two veteran players in Whitney Merirotto and Cydney Froelich prior to the season starting. Manento’s return is in doubt especially with the firing of Vegas Sin’s Jeremiah Captain earlier this season who managed a 1-3 season.

    For Chicago now they simply await the ‘Game of the Year’ on Saturday, August 10th in TitleTown when they play rival Green Bay Chill at the Graveyard. Fans will finally get to see the much awaited match-up of fan-favorites Heather ROCKSTAR Furr vs Anne SHOWTIME Erler.

  • Philadelphia Quicken Loans Arena - Cleveland, OH Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 4:00PM ET Cleveland

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    1-3 Standings

    Quicken Loans Arena - Cleveland, OH Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 4:00PM ET

    It was a battle of two Eastern Conference teams maneuvering for a playoff spot Sunday as the Philadelphia Passion (2-1-1) beat the Cleveland Crush (1-3), 33-26 at Quicken Loans Arena. With the win, Philadelphia gave themselves the inside lane on the wild-card playoff spot.

    It took a come-from-behind effort to achieve the victory as Cleveland held a commanding 20-7 lead at halftime. The Passion came out for the second half re-energized as they outscored Cleveland 26-6 in the second half for the road win.

    Cleveland drew first blood as they took the game’s opening drive 25 yards in five plays which was capped by Theresa Petruziello’s 1-yard TD run to put the Crush up 6-0. The lead would not be long lived.

    Philadelphia marched down to the Cleveland 3-yard line on five consecutive running plays by Marirose Roach. Roach took the ball in to the end zone, but on a 3-yard TD pass from Christy Bell. Roach ran in the one point conversion to put Philly up 7-6 with 1:40 left in the 1st quarter.

    Cleveland answered back with an eight play drive which included a fumble which was recovered by the Crush’s Melissa Hoffbauer which took them from 1st and goal at the Passion 8-yard line to 2nd and goal on their own 13. Hoffbauer connected with Christine Pendleton on a 31-yard bomb to set up 3rd and goal on the Philadelphia 3. Tamar Fennel got the TD run two plays later to put Cleveland back on top 13-7 after the conversion.

    Philadelphia’s next possession stalled at the Crush 7-yard line with 2:42 left in the 1st half. That would be more than enough time for Cleveland as Hoffbauer threw a 20-yard TD strike to Pendleton as Cleveland look in control with a 20-7 lead at the end of the half.

    The Passion had other plans for half number two and took the opening drive 40 yards in eight plays while chewing up 5:33 of clock finished by a 14-yard TD pass from Bell to Lindsay Nadonly to bring Philly within six at 20-14 Cleveland on top.

    Philadelphia held Cleveland to a four and out on the next drive which included the second fumble and recovery by Hoffbauer, this time to the Crush 10-yard line. From there, it took Philly’s Roach just one play to run it in and tie the game at 20-20.

    Heading into the 4th quarter it was still anyone’s game but Cleveland again turned the ball over on downs at the Passion 17-yard line. Philly took the ball the other way and finished the drive with a 4-yard TD pass from Bell to Qiana Wright for a 27-20 lead with 4:20 left in the game.

    Cleveland had an answer as Hoffbauer found Pendleton on their third TD connection of the game, this time from 19 yards out. Fennel was stopped on the one point conversion attempt and Philadelphia led 27-26 with 1:45 left in the game.

    Cleveland attempted the onside kick, which was recovered by Philadelphia’s Darcy Thompson on the Crush 22. Philadelphia used just 35 seconds of clock as Megan Larsen, who was in at QB, ran the ball in for a 14-yard TD run and the final score of the game. Philly was up 33-27 but Cleveland still had 1:05 on the clock.

    Any hopes of a comeback were squashed when Roach intercepted Hoffbauer on the Philly 14-yard line. Two Bell kneel downs and the game was a final.

    Philadelphia will now watch next week’s Baltimore Charm vs Omaha Heart game to see how the Eastern Conference playoffs will shape up.

  • Baltimore Ralston Arena - Ralston, NE Saturday, August 3, 2013 - 8:00PM CT Omaha

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    Charm
    Standings 3-2
    Omaha
    Heart
    1-3 Standings

    Ralston Arena - Ralston, NE Saturday, August 3, 2013 - 8:00PM CT

    BALTIMORE’S UNLIKELY RIDE LANDS THEM NO.1 SEED, BEATING OMAHA 12-6

    (Omaha, NE – Saturday, August 3, 2013) One of 2013’s most unlikely stories has the been journey of the Baltimore Charm. Not much was expected of a franchise that has been accustomed to losing since its inception in 2010 and now having fired its coaching staff in the offseason and brought on the most controversial player in the league, Angela Rypien as it top free agent pick-up.

    The results while unexpected have landed Baltimore the No.1 seed in the competitive and parity-driven Eastern Conference.

    To advance as the top seed, Baltimore first had to beat a resurgent Omaha Heart who themselves were on the doorstep of a Playoff berth with a win. Baltimore’s task was made that much tougher considering they would have to win in what has become the LFL’s toughest environment for away teams, Ralston Arena.

    As another sold out crowd piled into the arena, a certain level of Playoff excitement was in the air as Omaha’s starting quarterback Linsey Noble was back after an exhausting rehab schedule on her torn ACL. Noble provided the hope that did not exist with back-up Ashley Lambrecht under center who went 0-2 as Omaha’s starter.

    The crowd or the atmosphere did not impress a focused Baltimore squad who opened the game with a crowd-quieting 6 play 35 yard drive capped with Baltimore leading rusher TC Mesta’s 2 yard touchdown run to give Baltimore an early 6-0 lead.

    Omaha offense who has been the worst statistically most of the season, could not answer managing only 9 yards on their 4 plays and turning the ball back over to Baltimore on their own 24 yard line. It took Baltimore’s dual-quarterback offense only 1 play to capitalize on the field position as Morgan Spencer found a streaking Alley Dickey for a 25 yard touchdown pass to take now a 12-6 lead heading into the 2nd quarter.

    Having settled their rookie nerves, Omaha’s offense finally put together an impressive drive that included a whopping 8 plays covering 35 yds. and taking nearly 5 minutes off the clock. The drive ended when full-back Kelsy Lane plowed over the Baltimore small frontline to bring Omaha to within six points at 12-6.

    At halftime the defensive battle only yield 18 points between the two teams when the league average at halftime has been nearly 38 points this season.

    The 2nd half would not bring anymore points as both defenses anchored down and bent at times but never broke. Baltimore’s defense only surrendered a total of 90 yards of offense while Omaha gave up 150 yards.

    Noble & Co. had their opportunities in the 2nd half but simply lacked the intensity of their ‘Miracle in Omaha’ win over Jacksonville on June 1st. Omaha’s only 2 drives of the 2nd half ended with a Noble interception and a turnover on downs in the 4 quarter.

    Baltimore’s offense took control of the clock in the 4 quarter chewing up 5:44 en route to a conference championship.

    For Omaha many questions loom as first -year coach Dontae Allen delivered what most felt was a subpar football product and athletes that were out of shape and lacked motivation.

    Baltimore may finally gain some respectability for its much-maligned coaching staff and a dual-quarterback system that is now paying off as Rypien and Spencer combined for 7 completions on 11 attempts for 67 yards and a score. Most importantly, neither turned the ball over.

    As the No.1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, Baltimore now simply awaits its opponent in the Eastern Conference Championship round in Ontario, CA. on Saturday, August 24.

  • Los Angeles Target Center - Minneapolis, MN Friday, August 9, 2013 - 9:00PM CT Minnesota

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    Temptation
    Standings 2-2
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    Valkyrie
    0-3 Standings

    WATCH GAME Target Center - Minneapolis, MN Friday, August 9, 2013 - 9:00PM CT TICKETS

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  • Chicago Resch Center - Green Bay, WI Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 8:00PM CT Green Bay

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    Resch Center - Green Bay, WI Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 8:00PM CT

    Bliss Thaw Out Chill 27-18 To Win Midwestern Division Title

    The LFL calendar did not say it was a playoff game Saturday night but in reality, that is exactly what it was between the Chicago Bliss (3-1) and the Green Bay Chill (2-2). Winner advances to the playoffs and the loser heads into the off-season. It would be the Bliss making playoff plans after a 27-18 win in Green Bay, a win which was guaranteed by Bliss head coach Keith Hac.

    Chicago never trailed in the game after QB Heather Furr ran in the first TD of the game from 37 yards out and a 6-0 early lead. Green Bay would put together a eight play 33 yard drive, only to see it stall on the Bliss 18-yard line. The teams would trade failed drives once more before the games next score.

    The Bliss started the scoring drive on their own 3-yard line and kept the ball on the ground the entire way before ChrisDell Harris eventually punched it in the end zone and converted on the one point p.a.t. It looked like Chicago was going to roll, up 13-0 with 2:29 left in the opening half.

    Green Bay would get on the scoreboard before the half ended. Anne Erler connected with Jessica Peyton on a 22-yard TD pass to cut Chicago’s lead to 13-6 after the conversion attempt failed. That would be the score going into halftime.

    The Chill’s opening drive of the second half ended abruptly when Furr picked of an Erler pass at the Bliss 8-yard line and returned it out to the 19. Just four plays later, Furr connected with Ali Albert on an 8-yard TD strike and a 20-6 lead after Harris was successful on the conversion.

    Three plays in to the 4th quarter, Green Bay made it a one-possession game again when Erler found Anna Heasman from 19 yards out. The conversion attempt was no good and Chicago remained on top 20-12 with 6:42 left in the game.

    With the playoffs on the line, the next drive was the Bliss Harris and Furr show as the two stars ran the ball all the way down field. Harris crossed the goal line from four yards out and Furr ran in the conversion to put Chicago up 27-12 with 2:54 left.

    The Chill answered on the next possession as Erler threw her way downfield eventually connecting with Heasman on a 15-yard TD pass. Her p.a.t pass attempt was incomplete and the Chill trailed Chicago 27-18 with 1:20 left in the game.

    Everyone in the arena knew an onside kick was coming and Erler put it just a bit too far down-field as the Bliss recovered at mid-field. Furr kneeled three times to end the game and Chicago emerged as the Midwestern Division Champions.

    With the tie-breaker system in place, the Bliss will face the wild-card Los Angeles Temptation on Saturday August 17 in Chicago.

  • Philadelphia Sears Centre Arena - Chicago, IL Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 7:00PM CT Atlanta

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    2-2 Standings

    Sears Centre Arena - Chicago, IL Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 7:00PM CT

    Philadelphia Passion Advance to Eastern Conference Final With Win Over Atlanta

    The Philadelphia Passion (3-1-1) moved one step closer to their third consecutive Legends Cup appearance with a 28-20 win over the Atlanta Steam (2-2-1) in the Divisional Round last Saturday in Chicago.

    In a game where teams took turns scoring, the Philadelphia Passion drew first blood in the 2nd quarter on a Marirose Roach 27-yard run. The run capped off a two play drive in which Roach carried the ball on both plays and Philadelphia went up 7-0.

    Atlanta answered back on the next drive when Sweetness Jones ran in from six yards out. The scoring play was set up nicely by a nice 28 yard pass from Brittany Morgan to Coco Montgomery. With the one point conversion, the game was tied 7-7 with 4:07 left in the first half. That would be enough time for both teams to score again before half-time.

    After trading fumbles, Philadelphia went up 14-7 on Roach’s second touchdown of the game, this time on an 8-yard run while taking the clock down to 0:53 left in the half.

    On their ensuing possession, Atlanta faced a 4<sup>th</sup> and 7 on their own 18-yard line. Morgan was able to scramble for 14 yards into Passion territory. On the very next play, she found Jodie Nettles on an 18 yard touchdown pass as time ran out in the half. The conversion attempt was no good and it was a one point game at half-time, 14-13 Philadelphia.

    To open the 2nd half, the Passion put together a five-play, 40 yard drive in which two different players lined up at QB. In fact, the Passion would utilize four different players in that role throughout the game. Ultimately, it was an 18 yard pass from Christy Bell to Lindsay Nadonly which put Philadelphia up 21-13 after the conversion.

    The Steam were quick to answer on a Morgan 3 yard touchdown run. Once again, the failed conversion at the end of the 1<sup>st</sup> half was the difference as Atlanta now trailed Philadelphia 21-20 with 0:49 left in the 3<sup>rd</sup> quarter.

    The next series, Philadelphia’s Roach took made a beautiful 34 yard run down to the Atlanta 1-yard line. She carried it across the goal-line on the next play for her third rushing touchdown of the game. With the extra point, Philadelphia went up 28-20 with 2:52 remaining in the game.

    It looked like that would be plenty of time for Atlanta to score again as they moved the ball to the Philadelphia 9-yard line on a series of short runs. Unfortunately for the Steam, after Krista Cross caught a pass from Nettles, the Passion’s Heather Roy knocked the ball loose and Latasha Richardson fell on it to seal the game for Philadelphia.

    The win for Philadelphia advances them to the Eastern Conference Finals this Saturday against the Baltimore Charm in Ontario California.

    For tickets- www.cbbankarena.com

  • Los Angeles Sears Centre Arena - Chicago, IL Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 9:00PM CT Chicago

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    Temptation
    Standings 2-2
    Chicago
    Bliss
    4-1 Standings

    Sears Centre Arena - Chicago, IL Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 9:00PM CT

  • Philadelphia Citizens Business Bank Arena - Ontario, CA Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 9:00PM PT Baltimore

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    Standings 4-1
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    Charm
    3-2 Standings

    Citizens Business Bank Arena - Ontario, CA Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 9:00PM PT

    For the third consecutive season, the Philadelphia Passion will represent the Eastern Conference in the Legends Cup after an exciting but controversial win over the Baltimore Charm 20-19 Saturday in Ontario, CA. The Passion trailed the entire game until they scored with 0:06 left in the game following a huge missed call by LFL head official Steve Strimling.

    Philadelphia had the ball 2nd and 2 on the Baltimore 12-yard line. Following a reception and 7-yard run by Marirose Roach, Passion QB Christy Bell hurried to the line of scrimmage to spike the ball and stop the clock. After receiving the snap, she took a knee before spiking the ball. Strimling called for the stoppage of the clock with10.5 seconds left while the clock should have run down after the kneel down and Philadelphia was out of time-outs.

    Roach took the handoff on the next play to the left side and in to the end zone from five yards out to tie the game at 19 with six seconds left. The Passion converted on the one point try and went on to win by the 20-19 final.

    Baltimore set the tone of what would primarily be a rushing game by taking their opening possession 37 yards in 11 plays while using the entire first quarter to score. TC Mesta ran in from the Passion 1-yard line as time expired in the 1st quarter and a 6-0 Charm lead.

    Philadelphia moved the ball down to the Charm 14-yard line but turned the ball over on downs. Baltimore took the ball all the way in the other direction and Morgan Spencer finished the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run. With the one point conversion, Baltimore went up 13-0 going in to halftime.

    The Passion opened the second half with an impressive drive which was finished off by a 13-yard TD pass from Bell to Megan Larsen to make it a 13-7 game after the conversion.

    Baltimore took their next drive down to the Passion 5-yard line before failing to convert on a 4th and 2. Philadelphia tied the game on their next possession on Bell’s second TD throw to Larsen, this time from the 4-yard line as the Citizen’s Business Bank Arena fans settled in for a great finish with 5:06 left in the contest.

    The Charm used most of that time up by putting together a 7-play 35-yard scoring drive lasting 3:58. Angela Rypien, one half of the Charm’s one-two QB punch with Spencer, walked into the end zone from two yards out and a 19-13 Charm lead.

    Philadelphia took over with 1:08 left in the game. Two quick plays moved the ball down to the Charm 12-yard line when they took their time-out with 32 seconds left. From there the controversial ending unfolded and for the second time in the evening, the conference’s number one seed was eliminated.

    This sets up the Passion vs. the Chicago Bliss for the Legends Cup Championship Sunday September 1 at Orleans Arena at 7 pm.

    For tickets- www.orleansarena.com.

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    Citizens Business Bank Arena - Ontario, CA Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 7:00PM PT

    The Seattle Mist’s run at a perfect season came to a halt Saturday night against the Chicago Bliss in the Western Conference Finals. Chicago, coming off two games in the previous two weeks, took down Seattle convincingly 31-14 to advance to the 2013 Legends Cup. They will face the Eastern Conference Champion Philadelphia Passion Sunday September 1st at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

    The Mist had scored the most points in the LFL this season but they were held to just one offensive touchdown by a Bliss defense that was tough and effective all game long. Seattle was only able to convert on 1 of 6 fourth down conversion attempts and the Bliss only allowed them in the Red Zone twice during the game.

    Chicago on the other hand, only reached fourth down three times and picked up a first down on two of them. In addition, they scored on five of their six trips in to the Red Zone. They also held the ball 20:08 to Seattle’s 11:58.

    After a Mist opening drive which featured two fumbles, both of which Seattle was able to recover, Chicago took over on the Seattle 16-yard line. Three plays later, the Bliss went up 6-0 on Laura Peterson’s 7-yard run.

    The Mist’s second drive only advanced three yards before the Bliss took over and ChrisDell Harris plowed 14 yards down to the Mist 4-yard line to end the 1st quarter. From there, Seattle backed Chicago up to a 2nd and goal from the 12. Nneka Nwani ran it in from there and after Mist captain Jessica Hopkins intercepted the conversion attempt, Chicago led 12-0.

    Seattle went four and out on their next drive and again handed the ball over to the Bliss inside of their own 20-yard line. This time, the Bliss took to the air on 3rd and 2 as Heather Furr connected with Ali Alberts on an 11-yard TD pass and an 18-0 lead over Seattle.

    The Mist’s next possession lasted 16 seconds and stalled on their own 19-yard line. Furr found Alberts on a 15 yard pass down to the Seattle 4 and Harris carried it into the end zone to put Chicago up 24-0 with 1:24 left in the first half.

    That should have been plenty of time for a final drive but Seattle turned the ball over on downs after just 21 seconds. With 1:03 left and the ball on the Mist 15-yard line, Chicago would have plenty of time as Furr connected with Alberts for their second TD of the game, this time from eight yards out. That would be the final score of the half and Chicago led Seattle 31-0 headed into the locker room.

    The Bliss had the ball to start the second half and it would be on defense that Seattle would finally get on the score board. Riki Creger-Zier picked off a Furr pass and returned it 26 yards for the score and make it a 31-6 Chicago lead. That would be all the scoring for the 3rd quarter

    The final TD of the game would come on the legs of Seattle’s Hopkins from four yards out on the first play of the 4th qtr. Mele Rich converted on the one point attempt to reach the eventual final score of 31-14 Bliss.

    Neither team had a break-out performance although  Alberts had two TDs for Chicago and was named the Western Conference Final MVP. Furr had the two passing TDs on 5-13 passing for 58 yards and one interception. Her counterpart, Laurel Creel was 8-28 on the night with two picks and also took two sacks as well.

    Three different Bliss players had rushing touchdowns as Chicago put together a very solid, convincing win. Next week, they have the chance to win four games in four weeks, capping it off with a LFL Championship banner.

    Sunday September 1- Legends Cup at Orleans Arena 7 pm

    Chicago Bliss vs. Philadelphia Passion

    Tickets – www.orleansarena.com

  • Chicago Orleans Arena - Las Vegas, NV Sunday, September 1, 2013 - 7:00PM PT Philadelphia

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    Standings 4-1
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    4-1 Standings

    WATCH GAME Orleans Arena - Las Vegas, NV Sunday, September 1, 2013 - 7:00PM PT TICKETS

  • Los Angeles Showare Center - Kent, WA Friday, December 6, 2013 - 8:00PM PT Seattle

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    Temptation
    Standings 2-2
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    4-0 Standings

    WATCH GAME Showare Center - Kent, WA Friday, December 6, 2013 - 8:00PM PT TICKETS

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

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    Breeze
    Standings 2-1
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    1-2 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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    Heart
    Standings 2-2
    Jacksonville
    Breeze
    2-1 Standings

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

    (JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Tuesday, April 22, 2014)

    As the Jacksonville Breeze players were being introduced, it was clear what was on the mind of the Jacksonville, simply the embarrassing June 2013 loss to Omaha as the Breeze players all wore the V for Vandetta masks, sending a clear message of their intentions on this April night. In 2014, the early season results are mapping out as expected, a loaded Jacksonville roster is slicing through the Eastern Conference and raising a few eyebrows in the West. Fresh off a big 27-12 road-win in Baltimore, the Breeze struggled through most of the first half then scored an unanswered 25 points in the 2nd half, 19 of which came in the 4th to improve to 2-0 on the season. The first half was a repeat of the Jacksonville vs Omaha match-up of June 2013, where Omaha shocked the LFL world upsetting the No.1 ranked Jacksonville Breeze 8-0, shutting out one of the most prolific offenses. Most of the first half, the two Eastern Conference rivals went back and forth with both defenses bending but not breaking. Both Quarterbacks, Ashley Lambrecht and KK Matheny were picked off in the 1st half and the red-hot Saige Steinmetz was held to a respectable 30 yards through two quarters of play. At halftime an uneasy Jacksonville locker room remembered the 2013 game which also was a shutout at halftime and the horror that followed, several reports have a couple veterans standing up and refusing to lose to Omaha for a second-straight season. That urgency seem to have lit a match, because Jacksonville mounted a 7 play 31 yard drive in the 3rd quarter to strike first in the scoring column on a 1 yard power run by Steinmetz to take a 6-0 lead. Omaha began to panic despite only being down 6-0 to start the 4th quarter, abandoning an already non-existent run game for the passing game with Lambrecht. However, Omaha missed on several key passes which resulted in quick four and outs as they would turn the ball over deep on their side of the field, giving an already loaded Jacksonville offense short fields to work with. Jacksonville would capitalize, as they only had to travel 19 yards for their second score, a Sheltrice Turner 2 yard run to take a 12-0 lead with 4:59 remaining. Omaha was only down two scores but the passing game could not come together, with the only production being on the ground with Lambrecht who finished the game as Omaha’s leading rusher, rushing for 25 yards on 3 carries. Through the air Lambrecht completed a poor 1 of 16 passes, despite having one of the deepest receiving groups in the league. After yet another turnover on downs, Jacksonville only had to travel 10 yards on their next scoring drive as Lauren Ziegler ran in a 5 yard touchdown to take a commanding 19-0 lead and the route was on with 1:54 remaining in the game. The Jacksonville defense smelled blood in the water as Janita Ocana stepped in front of a Lambrecht pass on the following play and returned it to the house for a 25 yard touchdown to extend the lead to 25-0 and that would be the final score. In first place early in the season in the Eastern Conference, Jacksonville now simply awaits the Toledo Crush on May 31st in Jacksonville. Omaha stays on the road headed to Atlanta on June 7 to fight for their playoff lives early in the season.


    Game Stats

    Omaha Jacksonville
    Score 0 25
    First Downs 3 10
    Rushes-Yards (NET) 12-17 21-106
    Passing Yards (NET) 1 23
    Passes Att-Comp-Int 16-1-2 8-3-1
    Total Offense Plays-Yards 28-18 29-129
    Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
    Kickoff Returns-Yards 0-0 1-26
    Interception Returns-Yards 1-41 2-47
    Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0
    Penalties-Yards 2-6 3-20
    Posession Time 14:05 17:55
    Third-Down Conversions 0/6 2/4
    Fourth-Down Conversions 0/6 0/1
    Red-Zone Scores-Chances 0/1 3/6
  • Las Vegas Citizens Business Bank Arena - Ontario, CA Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 8:00PM PT Los Angeles

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    Sin
    Standings 1-3
    Los Angeles
    Temptation
    2-2 Standings

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

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    Score 14 42
    First Downs 11 11
    Rushes-Yards (NET) 25-53 13-136
    Passing Yards (NET) 104 77
    Passes Att-Comp-Int 15-9-0 3-3-0
    Total Offense Plays-Yards 40-157 16-213
    Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
    Kickoff Returns-Yards 1-16 2-1
    Interception Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
    Fumbles-Lost 2-1 0-0
    Penalties-Yards 0-0 1-10
    Posession Time 22:39 09:27
    Third-Down Conversions 3/9 0/0
    Fourth-Down Conversions 2/5 0/0
    Red-Zone Scores-Chances 1/5 3/4
  • Green Bay Showare Center - Kent, WA Friday, May 2, 2014 - 9:00PM PT Seattle

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    Green Bay
    Chill
    Standings 0-3
    Seattle
    Mist
    2-1 Standings

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

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

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    Los Angeles
    Temptation
    Standings 2-2
    Chicago
    Bliss
    5-0 Standings

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

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

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    Chill
    Standings 0-3
    Las Vegas
    Sin
    1-3 Standings

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

    (LAS VEGAS, Nevada – May 20, 2014)

    As the field was being laid down inside Las Vegas’ Thomas &amp; Mack Center, there was a different mood in the sense in the air. Different because the Vegas Sin franchise was in a new home, with a new head coach and nearly a complete overhaul of its 2013 roster.

    The early season results have been impressive, a team that was going through a rebuilding year and not much was expected from, sit at 1-1 following two great games to start the 2014 season. Despite the 42-14 blowout versus Los Angeles, Vegas showed signs of what it can do on both sides of the ball.

    Entering its home opener, confidence ran high with this Tui Suiauona led team that now included names in Sindy Cummings, Markie Henderson, Cynthia Schmidt and other previously unknowns. The internal and league turmoil of previous seasons involving the Vegas Sin also seem to be a distant memory. In Tui Suiaunoa, Quarterback Sindy Cummings and the staple of this franchise Danika Brace have seem to erase names that were ridden in controversy and negativity like former coaches Dion Lee and Jeremiah Captain as well as former quarterback Nikki Johnson. The Vegas Sin DNA now is very much so a ‘can do’ and positive attitude which has delivered results on the field.

    This past Thursday night, it was evident that Vegas now not only had a quarterback in Sindy Cummings who has a strong arm, but one that was not afraid to take the big hit, which was a major criticism of former quarterback Nikki Johnson who many believed lacked the physical toughness. Cummings now leads an offense that has shown great efficiency with Markie Henderson as its featured running back and perhaps the biggest surprise story of 2014, the emergence of Cynthia Schmidt at wide receiver.

    Before the 1st quarter was done, Vegas had two touchdowns on the board with a Kia Ramos 5yd run and a Cynthia Schmidt 6yd touchdown reception from Cummings. Green Bay did finally respond with only :14 seconds remaining the 1st with a Jessica Peyton 2yd run to make the score 13-6. It was clear the only offense Green Bay was going to have on this night, was #2, Jessica Peyton who has become a playmaker from the quarterback position.

    Green Bay made the game interesting after a 3 play 22 yard scoring drive in the 2nd quarter that running back Amber mane capped on a 2yd touchdown run to bring Green Bay within 1, at 13-12 at halftime.

    This Chill roster is another team that had low expectations from the 2014 season with the loss of Green Bay legend, Anne ‘Showtime’ Erler. However, Green Bay rallied late against Seattle in its season-opener and after one half football, was only down 1pt on the road vs. Vegas.

    The only scoring of the 3rd Quarter was a surprise, as defensive stud middle linebacker Danika Brace made an impact on the offensive side of the ball hauling in a 21yd touchdown pass from Cummings to take a 20-12 lead.

    The 4th Quarter, fireworks started exploding as both offenses tested the Thomas &amp; Mack scoreboards, scoring a combined 4 touchdowns. Vegas’ scores featured a 4yd touchdown pass to Cynthia Schmidt her 2nd score of the night and Sindy Cummings taking in a 3yd touchdown run. For Green Bay, it was two unlikely sources in Kara Alexander who scored on a 6yd touchdown run and Stephany Ponzer who brought in a 17yd touchdown pass from Peyton. The Ponzer touchdown pass brought the game to within reach for Green Bay at 24-27 with only 1:22 remaining in the game.

    The ensuing onside kickoff was recovered by Vegas and the Sin never looked back en route to a 34-24 key Western Conference win. In the days following, the Sin have become a fan favorite in Vegas with a lot of media buzz following the new-look team.

    Vegas is now tied with Los Angeles at 1-1 and trails a 1-0 Seattle and a 1-0 Chicago. Green Bay will try to save their season as they finally return home on June 14 to face Los Angeles while Vegas has a monster match-up on July 3rd vs Chicago in Vegas.


    Game Stats

    GB LV
    Score 24 34
    First Downs 12 10
    Rushes-Yards (NET) 20-96 18-91
    Passing Yards (NET) 63 37
    Passes Att-Comp-Int 16-9-1 10-4-0
    Total Offense Plays-Yards 36-159 28-128
    Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
    Kickoff Returns-Yards 1-18 1-35
    Interception Returns-Yards 0-0 1-23
    Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0
    Penalties-Yards 2-14 3-20
    Posession Time 16:06 16:08
    Third-Down Conversions 0/5 3/5
    Fourth-Down Conversions 3/5 0/2
    Red-Zone Scores-Chances 4/5 5/6
  • Omaha The Arena at Gwinnett Center - Duluth, GA Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 8:00PM ET Atlanta

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    Omaha
    Heart
    Standings 2-2
    Atlanta
    Steam
    3-1 Standings

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

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

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    Seattle
    Mist
    Standings 2-1
    Chicago
    Bliss
    5-0 Standings

    Sears Centre Arena - Chicago, IL Friday, June 13, 2014 - 9:00PM CT

    (CHICAGO, IL. – Friday, June 13, 2014)

    There are a few games on the LFL USA schedule that everyone circles and most of those circles reside in the Western Conference primarily around Los Angeles, Seattle and Chicago. So when two of these three match-up, the entire league takes notice. To further add to the dramatics of Friday night’s game, Chicago came in as the USA Champions while Seattle felt they were the better team in the post-season last year coming in undefeated.

    Now couple all of this with two bitter rivals at coaches with Keith Hac of Chicago and Chris Michaelson of Seattle. Wait, one last twist, the high-profile free-agent Quarterback Angela Rypien Seattle signed in the off-season would be benched. Enough story lines?

    As the 2013 Legends Cup championship banner hung high above the heads of Seattle and Chicago, we kicked off a game that would not only have Playoff implications but could possibly determine the No.1 seed in the West. Chicago exerted its dominance early with champion-like swagger especially with its run game with ChrisDell FERRARI Harris opening scoring on a 37 yard touchdown run to give ChiTown an early 7-0 lead.

    Then it was the more ‘mature’ Seattle Quarterback Mary-Ann Hanson’s turn, coming in for what Seattle coach Michaelson claimed to be a slightly injured Rypien, translation = a slightly benched Rypien after ineffective play in the opener. Hanson is not exactly unknown, leading her BC Angels to a championship in the inaugural season of LFL Canada while also being named the Legends Cup MVP. Hanson did not disappoint early, with a short field after a Chicago turnover, one of many, Hanson needed only 2 plays and found LaShaunda Fowler for a 9 yard touchdown pass to bring the score 6-7 with :50 seconds remaining in the first.

    Two things happend to start the 2nd quarter, both defenses checked their desire at the door and turnovers became like Justin Bieber, they were everywhere.

    For Chicago, Harris scored two rushing touchdowns and Nneka Nwani added another on the ground while Heather ROCKSTAR Furr threw for a 32 yard touchdown pass. Seattle’s lone score was a 40 yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by Jessica Hopkins, her 3rd defensive score of the year.

    At halftime, Chicago dominated across every category racking up 155 yards to Seattle’s 64 yards, however it was Chicago’s two fumbles lost that kept the 27-13 gap at halftime from being much larger. Harris had an incredible 94 yards at halftime while Furr was an impressive 3 of 4 passing. By all accounts the champion had the challenger on the ropes and the 2nd half was a mere formality. Then there was a ‘Record-scratch’, as Seattle rallied, doubling their offensive yardage and creating 4 more Chicago turnovers all of which equated to Seattle out-scoring Chicago 21-7 at the end of regulation.

    Another BC Angels free-agent made her impact on the 2nd half alongside Hanson, Schnor scored on a 3 yard run and a 18 yard fumble recovery for a score. Hanson added a 3 yard touchdown pass to Meghan Hanson to her night. Chicago’s sole score was a 1 yard Harris touchdown run.

    Seattle had several opportunities to win it in regulation but a series of flags, some of which resulting because of crowd-noise, pushed them back from 3 yard line to midfield as the clock ran out to force the third overtime game in League history.

    Seattle won the toss in overtime but could not score managing only 5 yards on 6 plays and eventually turning it over on downs to Chicago. The champs felt good as they took over at midfield with 4:00 minutes still remaining in regulation and a running back in Harris that Seattle struggled to contain. However after a Furr fumble it was all downhill again for this offense that was plaqued by the turnover bug all-night.

    Seattle took over with 2:00 minutes remaining and again got inside Chicago’s redzone to the 3 yard line after a 15 yard pass on the 2nd play of the drive from Hanson to Fowler. The next two plays were a pair of 5 yard runs with plenty of time remaining and the ball at the Chicago 3 yard line. After a yet another redzone penalty, Seattle once again started to back-peddle ending up back on the 17 yard line on 4th & Goal on the final play of the game, Hanson competed the pass to Schnor but she could only make it to the 7 yard line.

    Following an eruption from the crowd as Ali Alberts tackled Schnor to the ground, an akward silence and confusion set across the crowd each realizing that the clock read 0:00 at the end of overtime, which in the LFL means the worst word in football outside of ‘off-setting penalties’, the T word, tie game.

    The outcome makes the Western Conference suddenly very interesting with Los Angeles and Vegas at 1-1 while Chicago and Seattle are at 1-0-1 and Green Bay, is well irrelevant to this discussion at 0-2-1.

    Chicago now hits the road with match-ups versus the lower half of the Western Conference in Vegas and Green Bay, although Vegas has shown signs of life and Green Bay rallied against both Seattle and Vegas.

    For Seattle, they return to face Vegas then off to LA to play their rival. In other words, the West is wide open for the taking.


    Game Stats

    SEA CHI
    Score 34 34
    First Downs 14 13
    Rushes-Yards (NET) 27-93 24-146
    Passing Yards (NET) 96 66
    Passes Att-Comp-Int 25-9-2 7-4-1
    Total Offense Plays-Yards 52-189 31-212
    Fumble Returns-Yards 2-58 0-0
    Kickoff Returns-Yards 1-6 1-15
    Interception Returns-Yards 1-18 2-13
    Fumbles-Lost 1-0 4-3
    Penalties-Yards 6-60 7-50
    Posession Time 21:30 18:30
    Third-Down Conversions 3/9 3/4
    Fourth-Down Conversions 3/6 0/1
    Red-Zone Scores-Chances 3/8 3/4
  • Baltimore Huntington Center - Toledo, OH Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 8:00PM ET Toledo

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    Baltimore
    Charm
    Standings 1-2
    Toledo
    Crush
    0-3 Standings

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

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

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    Chicago
    Bliss
    Standings 5-0
    Las Vegas
    Sin
    1-3 Standings

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

    (LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Tuesday, July 8, 2014)

    As thousands piled into the Thomas & Mack Center off the Vegas Strip, one team had nothing to lose while the other had a back-to-back championship run on the line. Not much has been expected of this Sin roster that saw almost a complete overhaul in the off-season including its 4th head coach in the franchise’s 3yr history. For Chicago, despite 1-0-1 record, the confidence of 2013 is no longer there. Seattle and Los Angeles seem more poised then ever to dethrone the champs.

    The first half proved to be a defensive battle as Chicago’s performance vehicle, the Ferrari ChrisDell Harris was held to a season-low 29yds at halftime while standout rookie Vegas Sin running back only had 6yds. Both Quarterbacks impressed the little they were called on with Heather ‘Rockstar’ Furr going 2 of 3 but did throw an interception while the rookie Vegas Sin quarterback Sindy Cummings completed 3 of 5 with a touchdown and no pick.

    The scoring started with an impressive 5 play 35 yard Chicago drive capped by 2nd yr standout Ali Alberts who is regaining her Rookie of the Year type form, the Alberts score gave Chicago a 7-0 early lead with 5:00 remaining. It did not take Vegas long to answer and have their massive home crowd erupt as Cummings found ‘Lil Train’ Henderson who bulldozed her way into an the end zone to draw within one point of Chicago, 7-6. The Henderson score has since become a viral video hit across the web and instantly turning the rookie into LFL stardom.

    After several defensive stops, Chicago finally answered, this time with veteran Deena Fagiano on a 5yd touchdown run which extended Chicago’s halftime lead to 14-6. At halftime, despite the 8pt gap, Vegas felt extremely confident while Chicago was rather uneasy coming into the game as a heavy 8.5pt favorite. Chicago’s lack of balance on offense has had defenses keying on the Ferrari, simply not fearing Chicago’s pass-attack.

    Just when you thought Vegas’ confidence could not peak any higher, rookie QB Cummings mounted an impressive 6 play 35 yd drive chewing up 4:09 minutes and capped with a Kia Ramos 8yd run to draw Vegas to within 2 points of the Champs. Chicago did not panic, they went back to their bread-butter with the Ferrari scoring on a 3yd touchdown run to extend Chicago’s lead to 21-12. The Bliss offense, then mixed it up with a little razzle-dazzle catching veteran Vegas corner Kelly Campbell over-pursuing which led to a Alberts 8yd touchdown run to place them game nearly out of reach at 27-12 with 2:46 remaining in the 4th.

    Vegas never-die attitude led to Cummings connecting with Henderson once again, this time on a 35yd touchdown pass with :51 seconds remaining to draw within 27-18. The ensuing onside kick was recovered by Chicago and the potentially disastrous trip to Vegas was avoided.

    The Sin offense literally dropped several opportunities in the end zone which could have made this game far more interesting, including a drop by LFL USA’s leading pass receiver Cynthia Schmidt and the otherwise sure-handed Henderson.

    Vegas now plays the role of spoiler vs Seattle while Chicago can assure itself a birth in the Conference Championship with a win over Green Bay.


    Game Stats

    CHI LV
    Score 27 18
    First Downs 11 8
    Rushes-Yards (NET) 19-116 14-24
    Passing Yards (NET) 52 116
    Passes Att-Comp-Int 6-3-1 15-8-0
    Total Offense Plays-Yards 25-168 29-140
    Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
    Kickoff Returns-Yards 0-0 1-1
    Interception Returns-Yards 0-0 1-3
    Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0
    Penalties-Yards 4-30 4-20
    Posession Time 14:27 17:33
    Third-Down Conversions 1/1 1/6
    Fourth-Down Conversions 0/0 2/4
    Red-Zone Scores-Chances 4/7 1/2
  • Atlanta Huntington Center - Toledo, OH Friday, July 11, 2014 - 8:00PM ET Toledo

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    Atlanta
    Steam
    Standings 3-1
    Toledo
    Crush
    0-3 Standings

    Huntington Center - Toledo, OH Friday, July 11, 2014 - 8:00PM ET

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

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    Bliss
    Standings 5-0
    Green Bay
    Chill
    0-3 Standings

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

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

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    Toledo
    Crush
    Standings 0-3
    Omaha
    Heart
    2-2 Standings

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

    (LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Wednesday, July 23, 2014)

    After coming within a point of knocking off the Atlanta Steam, the Omaha Heart wanted nothing more than to finally pick up a win on the season. On Friday night, they did just that to the tune of a 31-0 blowout of the Toledo Crush. With the win, Omaha still has a chance to finish with a .500 record. The loss earns the Crush a winless record and plenty of the issues to address in the off-season.

    When the Heart is being discussed, the common themes are a “strong defense” and a “weak offense” that cannot put up points. This time around, the Heart showed just what their offense is capable of doing. The 31 points they scored in this game are more than they have scored in their first two games combined (19). The defense was as good as advertised as they pitched their first and the league’s second shutout of 2014.

    As Omaha experienced an offensive power surge, Toledo suffered through an offensive power outage. Tamar Fenell, an All-Fantasy running back/corner was limited to 35 yards on seven carries. Trying to get her team back in the game, rookie quarterback Arika Hoffman completed 6/14 passes for 48 yards. She also had two big turnovers (INT, FUM) and was sacked once.

    The defense of the Crush could not help much either. They allowed the Heart to gain 131 of their 142 yards of total offense on the ground. As if the yards were not enough, by giving up 31 points, Toledo joined the Green Bay Chill as the only teams to give up 30+ points to each of their opponents in 2014.

    Running back Ashley Heida (12 car., 66 yards, 2 rush TDs) kicked off the game’s scoring with a seven yard touchdown run with 5:03 left in the first quarter. Fennell then carried the Crush 20 yards down the field (on three carries) to the Heart 15 yard line. It was here that Hoffman turned the ball over on a fumble caused by Omaha’s Brittany Demary (Sack and FF) and recovered by Morgan Anderson.

    With a slim 6-0 lead at the end of the first, it looked like Toledo would be able to stick around for a while. Rather than let Toledo make a game of it, the Heart decided to put this one away in the in the second quarter. In this period, the crowd in Omaha were treated to rushing touchdowns by Heida, Shawnte Bunting (3 car., 26 yards rushing, 11 yards rec., 1 TD) and Brittany Demary (1 car., 20 yards rush, rush TD).

    When Fennell and her Crush teammates prepared to start the 2nd half, they faced a 25 point deficit. Despite their first half letdown, the Crush were going to fight this one out to the end. They were able to get a major spark from there defense when Remy Olinzock picked off Heart QB Lindsey Noble (1-5 11 yds, TD, INT) on the one yard line. The excitement was short lived as the Crush turned the ball over on downs following a big 12 yard run by Fennell. Omaha then put the proverbial “nail in the coffin” when Noble hit Bunting for an 11 yard touchdown pass on the very next play.

    The win for Omaha was redemption for an offense that has been highly criticized, although it has yet to prove it can pass the ball. The defense lived up to its billing by shutting out Toledo despite several scares inside the redzone. Omaha now finishes its season with another home match-up, this time vs a Baltimore Charm team still in the Playoff hunt.

    Toledo will look to regroup after a dismissal first season in Toledo that lacked commitment on and off the field. There is also a question as to whether or not head coach Ben Kelly will be renewed for 2015 based on the team’s unorganized football operation.


    Game Stats

    TOL OMAHA
    Score 0 31
    First Downs 6 10
    Rushes-Yards (NET) 15-14 22-131
    Passing Yards (NET) 48 11
    Passes Att-Comp-Int 14-6-1 5-1-1
    Total Offense Plays-Yards 29-62 27-142
    Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
    Kickoff Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
    Interception Returns-Yards 1-0 1-0
    Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-0
    Penalties-Yards 2-17 3-40
    Posession Time 18:24 13:36
    Third-Down Conversions 1/5 2/4
    Fourth-Down Conversions 0/4 0/1
    Red-Zone Scores-Chances 0/4 4/6

     

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

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    Sin
    Standings 1-3
    Seattle
    Mist
    2-1 Standings

    Showare Center - Kent, WA Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 8:00PM PT

    (LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Wednesday, July 30, 2014)

    Saturday night’s game for Seattle vs Las Vegas Sin could have easily been a trap-game, without a lot of meaning as the final Playoff seed in the West would be played for the following week in LA.

    However, before squaring off against the Los Angeles Temptation (1-1-1) on August 2 for the right to play the Chicago Bliss (3-0-1) in the Western Conference Championship, the Seattle Mist first had to deal with the Las Vegas Sin (1-3-0). After going down 21-6 late in the 2nd quarter, the Sin countered with two touchdowns, making the score 21-18. Mist receiver Lashaunda Fowler sealed the deal with a six yard touchdown run with eight seconds left in the 4th after the Sin had gotten to the Mist 18 yard line. The final score was 29-18 Seattle.

    For the Mist, the game brought about the return of Angela Rypien as the starting quarterback. All week long, there was much debate about who Coach Chris Michaelson would choose to start. In their first game, Michaelson pulled Rypien in favor of the veteran Mary Anne Hanson. Hanson would go on to start their next game vs. the Chicago Bliss.

    Rypien finished the game 5-11 for 45 yards with one TD and one INT. Her touchdown pass was caught by Jessica Hopkins (2 rec. for 27 yds). As has been the theme this year, the Mist found more success on the ground. Running back Stevi Schnoor, the LFL’s third leading rusher, led the game in rushing with 72 yards on 12 carries and one TD. Saftey Lily Granston had a game high nine tackles.

    It was a tough night for the Sin’s rookie QB and the LFL’s second leading passer Sidney Cummings. Cummings went 2-13 for 29 yards. While she only completed two passes, Cummings made them both count. Her passes found Markie Henderson (27 yards) and Danika Brace (2 yards), each for touchdowns. On the ground, Cummings churned her way to 47 yards and one TD. Kia Ramos (6.5 tackles) as well as Danika (6.5 tackles) and Amanda Brace (7.5 tackles, 1 FF) each had a tackle for loss. Ashley Brasil recorded her first interception of the season.

    Seattle’s offense opened up the game with a solid first drive. In it, Rypien completed her first three passes and Schnoor broke off a big 10 yard run. After Fowler ran the ball down to the Sin 1 yard line, Hopkins took a carry and fumbled the ball. Luckily for Seattle, Schnoor recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown.

    The second quarter would feature the teams trading shots. Schnoor ran for a two yard TD to start the period’s scoring. On the next drive, the Sin marched down the field and Cummings put them on the board with an 11 yard TD run. The third drive of the 2nd quarter saw Rypien find Hopkins for a big 21 yard TD pass. In the period’s 4th drive the Sin were faced with a 3rd and 7 on their own 18 when the Mist were called offside. On 3rd and 2, Cummings hit Henderson for the two necessary yards and 25 more for a touchdown. At the half, Seattle led 21-12.

    The Sin came out of halftime with a sense of urgency. Rushes by Henderson, Brace, Ramos and Cummings got them all the way to the Seattle 2 yard line. Cummings then found Brace for what may be her last LFL touchdown.

    Now up by only three, the Mist offense went back to work. The drive started of promising as Schnoor ripped of runs of 11 and then 12 yards. That success was followed up by two costly penalties for holding and delay of game (each 5 yards). Despite this, the Mist were able to get down to the Sin 3 on 3rd down. The Sin stood strong though and did not allow the Mist to convert on 4th down.

    With the momentum of stopping the Mist on 4th down, the Sin had the ball with a chance to go ahead. It was here, unfortunately for the Sin, that their comeback magic ran out. After running the ball into Seattle territory, the Sin decided to try and reach pay-dirt through the air. After a one yard run on first down by Henderson, Cummings passes fell incomplete on second and third down. Needing a big play, Cummings threw one last pass, but it ended up incomplete as well. Seattle scored on the very next drive.

    With their season now over, Coach Tui Suiaunoa will have plenty of time to make needed adjustments to his squad. While every team deals with player movement, Suiaunoa may have to deal with the reality of replacing his on-field leader and LFL legend in Brace. One thing Suiaunoa will not have to worry about is quarterback. After the season Cummings had, Suiaunoa has reason to believe that 2015 will be even better for her and the rest of the Sin which has become a team no one wants to face.

    As for the Mist, they can now focus their sights on the Los Angeles Temptation. Here, the situation is very simple: whoever wins is through to the Conference Championship game in Los Angeles, versus Chicago. If there is one thing that is true, it is that both teams want another chance to knock off the defending champion Bliss. In order for the Mist to win, they must have another solid performance from their defense, more from Rypien and lots of production from Schnoor.


    Game Stats

    Vegas Seattle
    Score 18 29
    First Downs 9 12
    Rushes-Yards (NET) 17-99 22-111
    Passing Yards (NET) 29 45
    Passes Att-Comp-Int 13-2-0 11-5-1
    Total Offense Plays-Yards 30-128 33-156
    Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
    Kickoff Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
    Interception Returns-Yards 1-0 0-0
    Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0
    Penalties-Yards 1-5 4-21
    Posession Time 13:44 18:16
    Third-Down Conversions 3/5 1/5
    Fourth-Down Conversions 0/2 2/3
    Red-Zone Scores-Chances 2/3 3/4

     

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

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    Seattle
    Mist
    Standings 2-1
    Los Angeles
    Temptation
    2-2 Standings

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

    (LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Thursday, August 7, 2014)

    A chance to exact revenge was earned Saturday night. In front of a massive Los Angeles crowd at The Pirate Ship (Citizens Business Bank Arena), the Los Angeles Temptation punched their ticket to the Western Conference Championship with a 34-12 statement win vs the Seattle Mist. The Temptation will next play the Chicago Bliss in the Western Conference Championship

    With a spot in the Playoffs on the line, many predicted the game would be close. They were wrong. The Mist were held scoreless until the 2:32 mark of the 3rd quarter while the Temptation scored 20 points in the same amount time.

    Running back Carmen Bourseau led the way for the Temptation with an All-Fantasy type performance. She carried the ball 13 times for 95 yards and three touchdowns. Bourseau had a one yard catch that also went for a touchdown. Quarterback Ashley Salerno did not throw a lot of passes, but she was efficient. Salerno went 4-9 with 56 yards and two touchdown tosses. Rookie safety Michelle Angel had three tackles (one for loss) and two pass-break ups.

    On Friday night, Angela Rypien was confirmed as the starting signal caller for Seattle. Unfortunately, she could not maintain her status. When Seattle started their second drive of the 3rd quarter, Rypien was 3-12 for 24 yards. Needing for his offense to show some form of life, Head Coach Chris Michaelson turned, once again, to veteran Mary-Anne Hanson, the MVP of LFL Canada’s first inaugural Lingerie Bowl. Hanson finished the game 4-7 for 69 yards and one touchdown.

    The one constant for Seattle’s offense was running back Stevi Schnor. On the ground, Schnor had seven carries for 58 yards and one touchdown. Through the air, Schnor caught three passes for a game-high 40 yards and a touchdown. On defense, rookie safety Lily Granston had 2.5 tackles and a pass-breakup while her partner, All-Fantasy safety Jessica Hopkins, led the game with six tackles.

    The festivities started off with a bang! Temptation receiver Kelley Schroeder returned the opening kickoff for 40 yards, going all the way down to the Mist’s 12 yard line. The ensuing drive was all Bourseau. She ran the ball three times for 11 yards to get to the Mist’s one yard line and was found by Salerno for a one yard touchdown pass. Both teams went four and out and Seattle took possession to end the first quarter.

    After Seattle could do nothing with the 2nd quarter’s first drive, the Temptation struck again. Following a four yard pass from Salerno to tight end Monique Gaxiola (1 rec., 4 yds, 5 tackles) to get to the Mist’s 1, Bourseau ran for a one yard touchdown.

    On their first drive of the 3rd quarter, Bourseau gashed the Mist defense for a 26 yard touchdown run to make the score 20-0. With the ball back, and Mary-Anne Hanson now the quarterback, it was Seattle’s turn to make a big play. On the third play of the drive, Schnor countered Bourseau’s run with a 30 yard touchdown run of her own. Not to be outdone, Bourseau answered with a 32 yard run. She finished the job on the next play with her third touchdown run of the game.

    Determined to show that the team had not given up, Hanson hit Schnor for a big 33 yard touchdown pass. But, as they had done previously, the Temptation provided the answer and final score of the contest when Salerno hit Jasmine Byndloss for a 39 yard touchdown, her only catch of the game

    Seattle will have some decisions to make during this offseason, the most important being at quarterback. After being pulled from the game twice this season, Mist fans can rightly wonder whether she’ll be back next season. While Hanson was not perfect, she performed admirably when given her opportunities. With her performance vs. the Temptation, Hanson may have earned a starting spot for 2015.

    The Temptation can look forward to redemption. Coach Eddie Chan’s crew can now rest up and game plan for the Bliss. Veterans like Gaxiola, Salerno and Ogom Chijindu have not forgotten about the Bliss interrupting their quest for a fourth consecutive league championship. This should be all the motivation the Temptation need when they take the field versus the defending champs.


    Game Stats

    Seattle LA
    Score 12 34
    First Downs 6 11
    Rushes-Yards (NET) 13-65 20-126
    Passing Yards (NET) 93 56
    Passes Att-Comp-Int 19-7-0 9-4-0
    Total Offense Plays-Yards 32-158 29-182
    Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
    Kickoff Returns-Yards 1-15 1-40
    Interception Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
    Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0
    Penalties-Yards 1-5 1-5
    Posession Time 16:58 15:02
    Third-Down Conversions 2/7 1/3
    Fourth-Down Conversions 0/5 0/2
    Red-Zone Scores-Chances 0/3 3/3

     

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

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    Baltimore
    Charm
    Standings 1-2
    Omaha
    Heart
    2-2 Standings

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

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

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    Jacksonville
    Breeze
    Standings 2-1
    Atlanta
    Steam
    3-1 Standings

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

    (ATLANTA, GA. – Saturday, August 16)

    If asked prior to Saturday night’s Eastern Conference Championship kickoff, or for that matter asked early in the 4th Quarter of the the Eastern Conference championship – Who of the four LFL USA Playoff teams stands the least chance of hoisting the Legends Cup on Sept 6, the vast majority if not everyone asked, would have answered the Atlanta Steam.

    With a regular season resume of only beating Omaha by 7 points and doing what everyone did this season, which was to smash Toledo. Not much impressed anyone about Atlanta. With the exception of having arguably the most high-profile rookie in the history of the LFL in Quarterback Dakota Hughes and the No.1 ranked passing offense and No.3 ranked overall offense.

    However those stats did not mean much when being lined up against the most-talented roster in the LFL, the Jacksonville Breeze. The only advantage that worked to Atlanta’s favor would be the months of downtime Jacksonville had in preparation for this Playoff match-up. Jacksonville came into Saturday night with the No.3 ranked offense and the No.1 ranked defense as well as a roster of who’s who in LFL USA to include KK Matheny, Saige Steinmetz, Bryn Renda, Lauran Ziegler, Dina Wojowski, Adrian Purnell, Angie Williams etc.

    Atlanta could not match up with the size, aggressiveness or talent of Jacksonville, at least on paper. However, as the game started it was evident that what was on paper would translate to the field as Saige Steinmetz (Offensive Player of the Year and League MVP Nominee) tore through the Steam defense en route to nearly 50 yards of rushing in the 1st half. Despite Jacksonville’s success, they only managed one Steinmetz touchdown run with 4:54 left in the half to take a 8-0 lead. Jacksonville left several opportunities on the field in the 1st half, including 4 shots at the end zone inside the 5yd line before the half. It was this Atlanta goal-line stand that was potentially the series of plays that would turn the tide.

    Despite being down 8-0 at halftime, it was clear that Atlanta was still very much so in the game with the offense it possessed and in particular its passing attack. In the Jacksonville locker room, there was a definitive tension as they should have been rolling over this soft Atlanta Steam at halftime, but were only up 8 points.

    In the 2nd half, the story became not the high-octane Atlanta offense, but its defense sacking KK Matheny for a safety to draw the first Atlanta points at 5:29 in the 3rd Quarter to make the score 8-2.

    Jacksonville did not lose its composure and rebounded with a 6 play 34 yard drive that was capped by another Steinmetz touchdown run to extend their lead to 14-2 early in the 4th Quarter.

    With 7:18 left, Atlanta had to mount a comeback, instead, Hughes completed only 1 of 3 passes and it was a 4 and out for Atlanta. Now only 5:37 remained and Atlanta was down 12 points with no signs of life, in fact, fans were seen leaving The Factory (Arena), surrendering to the thought that Atlanta’s magical season was coming to an end.

    Like a championship caliber team, Jacksonville chewed up the clock with runs by Shelltrice Turner and Saige Steinmetz eating up another 2 minutes off the clock and getting the ball down to the Atlanta 5yd line, it appeared the final nail in the Steam coffin was being prepared to be slammed in. After a 10yd holding call on Jacksonville that pushed them back to the 15yd line, on a 2nd & Goal, there was an inside handoff to All-Fantasy tight end, Adrian Purnell, basically money in the bank as Purnell broke through the first layer of the defense and turned inside the 5yd line with her sights on the goal line. However, as Purnell made her move to the end zone, a hand belonging to Atlanta’s Alfye Gore stripped the ball from Purnell and Gore also recovered it. This ended up being the play of the game.

    The final 1:54 of the 4th Quarter will never be forgotten or fully explained. In :52 seconds, Hughes and the Atlanta offense finally came to life. Hughes finding her favorite target Jodi Nettles for a pair of completions including a 36yd bomb. The drive ended with Hughes finding Ashley Pope for a 5yd touchdown pass to draw to within 14-8 with now only 1:02 remaining.

    Then the inevitable onside kickoff was being set-up. Throughout the 2014 season of LFL USA, only 8% of onside kicks were recovered successfully, even if Atlanta recovered there would be only 1 minute or so remaining.

    As you could hear a pin drop inside The Factory, the kick was made by Jenny Mac, it deflected off several Jacksonville players and was loose as heart sunk throughout the arena with the momentary sense of the unknown that took over the crowd and both teams. Atlanta somehow came up with the ball. But the task at hand with 1:02 remaining was still daunting as they faced the No.1 ranked defense and nearly 30 yards from the game tying touchdown.

    This was the situation the heralded rookie Hughes was crafted for, we all dream as kids on playgrounds of having the ball in our hands late in the 4th Quarter. Hughes would get that opportunity with all eyes on number 18. Instead of a sudden burst of offense, Hughes threw 3 straight incompletions and now faced a 4th and 10 with :47 seconds remaining. The entire Atlanta season came down to this 4th down play, Jacksonville fans were already making plans for Los Angeles and Legends Cup.

    As Hughes took the snap on 4th & 10, the pressure came and like a cool veteran, Hughes slided outside the pressure and threw a 29 yard touchdown dart to Nas Johnson to the end zone, TOUCHDOWN and The Factory just erupted, even venue security could not keep their cool about what they just witnessed. Here was Atlanta now tied with Jacksonville 14-14 with an opportunity to win the game, but the extra point attempt failed and Jacksonville was still alive with under :40 seconds remaining.

    As Matheny and Jacksonville took to the field, The Factory was the loudest arena of the LFL USA season and once again erupted when unsung hero Alfye Gore sacked Matheny for a 12yd loss and running out the final seconds of regulation.

    Now as any Playoff game should be settled, we were headed into Overtime. Atlanta won the coin-toss but its offense went 4 and out, with a 4th down pass being intercepted at the Jacksonville 4 yard line. On the surface, it was a great play for Breeze fans. However, it served as an incredible pooch punt for Atlanta that would pin Jacksonville inside its own 4yd line. Ziegler should have simply batted down the football and the JAX offense would have taken over inside the Atlanta 20 yard line.

    With 5:35 remaining, Jacksonville was backed up so they went to their work-horse Steinmetz on 3 consecutive rushing plays which resulted in a loss of 2, loss of 1 and on 3rd down a gain of only 1. The Atlanta defense look possessed and you could sense a turning of tides and perhaps the most unlikeliest of thoughts crept into people’s minds while Jacksonville had mental flashes of yet another late season collapse. On 4th and 12, Matheny’s pass was deflected by Sharlene Fuller and Atlanta would take over from the 2 yard line.

    Now 2:54 remaining in Overtime, the first play as the crowd quieted down for Atlanta offense, was a loss of 1 yard by Leanna Hardin, on a questionable call to someone who has contributed nothing offensively all-season. On 2nd and Goal, as Hughes strolled to the line like an old western John Wayne flick, there was a sense of excitement in the air. As the ball was snapped and an unlikely candidate broke into the open, Ashley Pope. Hughes spotted her and threw a Legends Cup advancing 3 yard touchdown pass to Pope. It was the biggest play in franchise history and possibly the LFL USA season. Atlanta scored an improbable final 18 points of the game in the final 2 minutes of the 4th Quarter and Overtime.

    Jacksonville left with their heads dropped and ego smashed by a team that no one expected in the Playoffs much less en route to Los Angeles. For the romantic or sentimental types, there is little doubt who the LFL world will be rooting for in the Legends Cup.

    It will truly be a David vs Goliath match-up whether its Los Angeles or Chicago taking on a rookie-led Steam that appears to be destined for greatness.


    Game Stats

    JAX ATL
    Score 14 20
    First Downs 10 8
    Rushes-Yards (NET) 26-118 25-46
    Passing Yards (NET) 38 119
    Passes Att-Comp-Int 8-3-0 22-8-2
    Total Offense Plays-Yards 34-156 47-165
    Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
    Kickoff Returns-Yards 2-13 1-16
    Interception Returns-Yards 2-3 0-0
    Fumbles-Lost 5-3 0-0
    Penalties-Yards 3-20 1-5
    Posession Time 15:58 21:40
    Third-Down Conversions 3/5 1/10
    Fourth-Down Conversions 0/2 3/9
    Red-Zone Scores-Chances 2/4 2/6

    Jacksonville Individual Stats

    Rushing No. Gain Loss Net TD Lg Avg
    Steinmetz 17 79 4 75 2 17 4.4
    Purnell 2 24 0 24 0 13 12.0
    Turner 4 12 0 12 0 7 3.0
    Matheny 2 7 0 7 0 7 3.5
    Passing C-A-I Yds TD Long Sack
    Matheny 3-7-0 38 0 22 0
    Ziegler 0-1-0 0 0 0 0
    Receiving No. Yards TD Long
    Renda 2 33 0 22
    Ziegler 1 5 0 5
    Tackles UA-A Total Sacks TFL
    Purnell 9-3 10.5 0.0 0.0
    McMillan 4-2 5.0 0.0 0.0
    Brown 4-0 4.0 0.0 0.0
    Bryant 2-3 3.5 0.0 1.0

    Atlanta Individual Stats

    Rushing No. Gain Loss Net TD Lg Avg
    Hughes 9 23 6 17 0 4 1.9
    Johnson 10 23 8 15 0 7 1.5
    Salter 4 13 0 13 0 5 3.2
    Nettles 1 2 0 2 0 2 2.0
    Passing C-A-I Yds TD Long Sack
    Hughes 8-22-2 119 3 36 0
    Receiving No. Yards TD Long
    Nettles 3 49 0 36
    Montgomery 2 33 0 30
    Pope 2 8 2 5
    Johnson 1 29 1 29
    Tackles UA-A Total Sacks TFL
    Montgomery 6-0 6.0 0.0 1.0
    Harrison 5-0 5.0 0.0 1.0
    Gore 5-0 5.0 0.0 1.0
    Fuller 4-1 4.5 0.0 0.0

  • Los Angeles Citizens Business Bank Arena - Ontario, CA Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 8:00PM PT Chicago

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    Los Angeles
    Temptation
    Standings 2-2
    Chicago
    Bliss
    5-0 Standings

    Citizens Business Bank Arena - Ontario, CA Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 8:00PM PT

    Going into Western Conference Championship, only the Philadelphia Passion and Los Angeles Temptation had repeated as Eastern or Western Conference Champions, since 2009. On Saturday night, the Chicago Bliss added their names to that list. In the rematch of last year’s Western Conference Divisional playoff game, the Bliss defeated the Temptation 40-12 and earned their second straight trip (third in franchise history) to the Legend’s Cup.

    The betting line was a Pick’em heading into the game, despite Chicago being the reigning Legends Cup champions. Los Angeles was coming together as a team recently, especially with the resurgence of Ashley Salerno and the emergence of Carmen Bourseau. Neither would matter on this Saturday night that was dominated across all phases by Chicago scoring on six of their seven drives. Game MVP ChrisDell ‘Ferrari’ Harris led the charge with a game high 131 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries. She also caught two passes for 27 yards and an additional touchdown. Jessica Price also contributed an additional rushing touchdown. Heather Furr was 4-5 for 66 yards and a TD through the air. She also had a fumble that was recovered by Alberts.

    The Bliss defense got two sacks from Yahshi Rice and Chantell Taylor in addition to two interceptions from Alli Alberts and Kim Perez. They were lead in tackles by Dominique Collins with four (tied for game high). As a whole, the defense only allowed 116 yards.

    82 of the Temptation’s 116 yards came on the arm of Ashley Salerno. Salerno was 5-13 on the night with two passing touchdowns and 11 rushing yards. Jasmine Byndloss, who had a game high 53 yards receiving, and Sherri Awagah each had touchdown receptions. Carmen Bourseau led the team in rushing with 23 yards on 10 carries.

    On defense, Salerno and Chelsey Haardt led the Temptation in tackles with four. Haardt, Ogom Chijindu, and Awagah each recorded tackles for loss.

    Harris scored the first touchdown of the night on a three yard run in the first quarter.  The Temptation then took over and went on a 13 play 28 yard drive. After converting on second down with a Bourseau three yard run, the Temptation had 1st Goal from the Chicago 1. Runs on first, second and third down were stopped for no gain. As a result of an offside penalty on the Bliss, the Temptation got another chance on third down, but Salerno was sacked for a six yard loss. A pass to Kelly Schroeder (1 rec., 14 yds) on fourth down went incomplete and the Bliss took over on downs.

    On the following drive, Deena Fagiano took her only carry of the game for 15 yards to the Chicago 22 and Furr hit Harris for a 28 yard touchdown pass to make the score 15-0. With the ball on their own 10 yard line, following a false start penalty, Salerno found Byndloss for a 40 yard touchdown toss to put the Temptation on the board. At the end of the first half, the Bliss led 15-6.

    The teams exchanged scoring drives in the third quarter. Price (46 all-purpose yards) ran for a 16 yard score for the Bliss. Salerno hit Awagah with a seven yard touchdown pass for the Temptation, in response.  It was 22-12 Bliss heading in to the fourth quarter.

    In the final quarter, the Temptation were not able to cut into the Bliss lead. Their first drive saw Salerno get intercepted by Perez on second down. On their second drive, with 1:55 left, rookie Michelle “Mini” Angel (usually a receiver) came in as the signal caller. After an incomplete pass and an 11 yard rush to the Chicago 24, she too was picked off by Alberts. A 27 yard touchdown rush by Harris, her third of the quarter, put the finishing touches on the Bliss victory.

    The Temptation will now go in to their offseason wondering how they could allow themselves to be so badly beaten in their own building. Any swagger from the previous three championships has completely worn off of this franchise, a franchise that has come up short two years in a row under the direction of Eddie Chan. The question will be for LA, should ownership bring back longtime LA coach David Bizub or keep the course with Chan? The only good news for LA, they will return all of their key starters including team-leader, middle linebacker Mo Gaxiola.

    On the other side, the Bliss will have a little under two weeks to prepare themselves for the Legend’s Cup on September 6. As was determined in last week’s ECC, they will play Dakota Hughes, Coco Montgomery and the Atlanta Steam. The manner in which this season has played out for Atlanta, do not be in the least bit surprised to see Atlanta deliver the LFL’s biggest upset in the history of the sport on September 6.


    Game Stats

    LA CHI
    Score 12 40
    First Downs 8 12
    Rushes-Yards (NET) 18-34 23-160
    Passing Yards (NET) 82 66
    Passes Att-Comp-Int 15-5-2 5-4-0
    Total Offense Plays-Yards 33-116 28-226
    Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
    Kickoff Returns-Yards 1-5 0-0
    Interception Returns-Yards 0-0 2-23
    Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0
    Penalties-Yards 2-51 4-15
    Posession Time 16:30 15:30
    Third-Down Conversions 2/6 3/6
    Fourth-Down Conversions 2/4 3/3
    Red-Zone Scores-Chances 1/2 3/3

    Los Angeles Temptation Individual Stats

    Rushing No. Gain Loss Net TD Lg Avg
    Bourseau 10 23 0 23 0 7 2.3
    Angel 2 11 1 10 0 11 5.0
    Salerno 5 11 10 1 0 11 0.2
    Schroeder 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
    Passing C-A-I Yds TD Long Sack
    Salerno 5-13-1 82 2 40 2
    Angel 0-2-1 0 0 0 0
    Receiving No. Yards TD Long
    Byndloss 2 53 1 40
    Schroeder 1 14 0 14
    Harvey 1 8 0 8
    Awagah 1 7 1 7
    Tackles UA-A Total Sacks TFL
    Salerno 4-0 4.0 0.0 0.0
    Haardt 3-2 4.0 0.0 0.5
    Schroeder 3-1 3.5 0.0 0.0
    Chijindu 2-0 2.0 0.0 1.0

    Chicago Bliss Individual Stats

    Rushing No. Gain Loss Net TD Lg Avg
    Harris 16 131 3 128 4 37 8.0
    Price 1 16 0 16 1 16 16.0
    Fagiano 1 15 0 15 0 15 15.0
    Alberts 2 4 0 4 0 3 2.0
    Passing C-A-I Yds TD Long Sack
    Furr 4-5-0 66 1 30 0
    Receiving No. Yards TD Long
    Harris 2 27 1 28
    Price 1 30 0 30
    Alberts 1 9 0 9
    Tackles UA-A Total Sacks TFL
    Collins 3-2 4.0 0.0 0.0
    Alberts 2-2 3.0 0.0 0.0
    Nwani 2-2 3.0 0.0 0.0
    Furr 2-1 2.5 0.0 0.0

     

  • Chicago Citizens Business Bank Arena - Ontario, CA Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 7:00PM PT Atlanta

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    Chicago
    Bliss
    Standings 5-0
    Atlanta
    Steam
    3-1 Standings

    Citizens Business Bank Arena - Ontario, CA Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 7:00PM PT