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


    • 54
    • 27
    Standings 1-2
    0-3 Standings

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

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


    • 40
    • 13
    Standings 3-1
    0-3 Standings

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

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


    • 0
    • Game Summary
    • 31
    Standings 0-3
    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

    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