DALLAS CAPTURES THE WILD WEST IN A 87-12 ROUT OF OMAHA
(OMAHA Nebraska – Sunday, July 31st) Expansion teams in any sport, enter their inaugural season in doubt and without an identity. That was not going to be the case with the Dallas Desire, a franchise that shutdown operations in 2011.
A dedicated off-season has led to making league history, as the Desire are the first-ever expansion franchise to win a Conference.
There was not a lot of mystery or suspense leading up to this game as the Omaha Heart had lost its previous two games with a combined score of 143 to 0 and fired its head coach Tony Doremus only a couple weeks prior. However, give credit to this battered franchise, instead of throwing in the towel on the season, they signed New England Liberty quarterback Alex Drake and made some moves within their roster. All in hopes of at least providing on the best fan bases in the LFL, a competitive game and dare we say, a win.
After all, it was at Ralston Arena where the expansion Omaha Heart beat the No.1 ranked Jacksonville Breeze in 2012 and where this roster won their home opener, 26-6 over New England.
However on this night, those moments seem like a distance memory with a defense that could not tackle a stationary dummy and an offense that finds the end zone about as frequently as we see Haley’s Comet.
The opening kickoff was a sign of things to come as Dallas rookie running back Courtnee White took it to the house with a 50yd kickoff return to the house, the first one of the LFL season. Following the score, the Heart actually gave the thousands in attendance some hope as Nikki Bernhardt ran like a women possessed, scoring on 35 yd touchdown run to come within one point of Dallas, 6 to 7.
The soon to be crowned Western Conference champs responded with a pair of scores primarily on the arm of Michelle Angel who is having a career year and her favorite target, Jade Randle. Angel connected with Randle on three first half scores and Angel ran in another giving the Desire a commanding 53 to 12 lead at halftime.
With no coaching presence and their will shattered, Omaha rolled over the in 2nd half mainly due to the carelessness of quarterback Alex Drake and the lack of any defensive prowess. The Dallas back-ups cleaned up in the 2nd half with four rushing touchdowns by Shawnte Shiree, Lori Wright and Cassandra Ashley as Dallas now returns home with a 87 to 12 win and the Western Conference crown.
|Passing Yards (Net)||44||3|
|Total Offense Plays-Yards||35-295||47-122|