LOS ANGELES HITCHES THEIR WAGON TO THE F-150, EN ROUTE TO A 34-6 WIN OVER PITTSBURGH
(ONTARIO, CA) The lack of a run game and an inconsistent passing attack is what ultimately squashed Pittsburgh’s opportunity at playing spoiler in Tinseltown. As the Rebellion’s projected starter Sonia Osselborn sat out yet another game with an ankle injury, Astrid Cruz could not shoulder the load behind a suspect offensive line.
On the other side, the flow of the game being run-oriented and defensive, played right into Los Angeles’ scheme with the F150, Carmen Bourseau and the No.1 ranked defense in the league. Bourseau opened scoring capping an impressive 8 play 35 yard drive with a 7 yard touchdown run, giving Los Angeles a 7-0 lead. However, what has made Pittsburgh a team on the rise is their unwillingness to simply ‘roll-over’, the Rebellion fought back finally scoring late in the 2nd Quarter with an Cruz touchdown reception from Morgan Spencer, what would be Pittsburgh’s sole score of the game.
Bourseau would add yet another 1st half touchdown run as well as Quarterback Ashley Salerno with a 6 yard touchdown run of her own, giving Los Angeles a 21-6 halftime lead. At halftime, you can hear the frusteration coming out of the Pittsburgh locker-room as offensive coordinate Jermont Kinds was losing it, following a dismissal offensive output in the 1st half. The phenom, Jolie Efezohae who led the league in receiving coming into the game, was only targeted twice in the first 20 minutes of football.
Give credit to a Los Angeles defense that was without All-Fantasy cornerback Ogom Chijundu, holding Pittsburgh’s pass-oriented offense to only 34 first half passing yards. In the 2nd half Los Angeles’ ‘Silver & Black Attack’ defense held Pittsburgh to zero points with the story being the Rebellion only managing to convert 2 of 7 fourth downs.
Los Angeles’ offense while looking rusty in the passing game, continued to assert itself in the ground with Game MVP Bourseau finishing the game with 3 touchdown runs and a respectable 82 yards. The primary concern if you are a Temptation fan, is the lack of a passing game despite having one of the greatest Quarterbacks in league history and a projected Top 3 receiver in Cynthia Schmidt.
For the Temptation a true litmus test approaches as they travel to Atlanta to battle the Atlanta Steam on August 5, in advance of the August 20th Western Conference Championship date with the Seattle Mist.
Pittsburgh will have several questions to answer this off-season, the primary one being will Head Coach Joe DeBerry be extended a contract for the 2018 season. If Pittsburgh can develop a strong off-season program of conditioning and return its keys pieces, the Rebellion could compete with Atlanta and Omaha as well as potentially challenge Chicago in the Eastern Conference in 2018.
|Passing Yards (Net)||89||34|
|Total Offense Plays-Yards||45-102||41-182|