Los Angeles’ Two Headed-Monster at Quarterback Propels the Temptation to 49-32 Win Over Austin
(AUSTIN, TX – Sunday, June 12)
If you like defensive football, Saturday night’s match up in Austin would not have been your ‘cup of tea’. A total of 80pts were scored in front of loud Austin crowd that watched their expansion franchise play toe-to-toe with the 3-time LFL champion, Los Angeles Temptation. The Temptation needed a win badly to avoid being eliminated from the Playoffs for the first time in franchise history, while Austin needed a win to keep their slim Playoff hopes alive.
Early on, it was evident that the two offenses were primed to move the ball and score a lot of points, for Austin it was primarily on the ground on the legs of running back Michelle Marshall and for LA it was a combination of quarterback Jayne Caldwell and running back Nas Johnson. Caldwell scored LA’s first two touchdowns with a 1yd touchdown run and a 11yd touchdown pass to Cynthia ‘Megatron’ Schmidt. Austin’s first-year Quarterback Teshay Winfrey also did not disappoint in the 1st Half, accounting for two scores, a 2yd touchdown run and a 18yd touchdown dart to Leilani Lopez.
Outside of the Quarterbacks, Game MVP Nas Johnson quietly dominated on the ground and is quickly becoming Los Angeles’ unsung hero, Johnson’s 2nd Quarter score put LA up 20-7 and in command. Austin’s small-back Michelle Marshall when not being decapitated by the Los Angeles defenders who were tackling high all-night, managed to answer LA’s score with a 2yd touchdown run to cut into the 2nd Quarter lead 20-14.
At halftime it was a very competitive game at 28-20, Los Angeles holding on to the slight edge. Allowing an expansion team and an offense that has recently struggled to score, twenty 1st half points was alarming. You need no more evidence then to simply listen to the screams coming from the LA locker-room from Hall of Fame linebacker and team leader, Monique Gaxiola. The Dallas Desire also enjoyed reading that LA may be on the verge of a collapse which would provide Dallas an easier road to the Playoffs.
If LA’s alarms were sounding off at Halftime, imagine the concern when the 3rd Quarter started and Winfrey guided her team to an early score with a10yd touchdown run cutting LA lead to 28-26. Head coach and defensive coordinator Tui Suiaunoa of the Temptation could be seen with fumes of anger coming out of each ear as he witnessed his defense being taken to the shed by a first-year offense.
However, great teams respond when tested and that is exactly what the 3-time champion Los Angeles Temptation did behind the amazing play of backup Quarterback Kiarra Patterson, who continues to push Caldwell for the starting role. Patterson did not waste anytime finding a streaking Cynthia Schmidt on the first LA play from scrimmage in the 3rd quarter, increasing the Temptation lead to 35-26.
Both LA quarterbacks added touchdown runs on the ground in the 4th Quarter to give LA a 49-32 win over Austin.
Austin finished their inaugural season with a disappointing 1-3 record but competed with every team outside of Dallas in a very tough Western Conference. The Acoustic should have a bright future with a more experienced coaching staff, greater size upfront and a full off-season with Teshay Winfrey and this young offense. The building blocks are in place with Michelle Marshall, Selena Fudge, Chasity Morales and Tiffany Zimmerman.
Los Angeles continues its quest of re-capturing a Legends Cup championship, which has evaded them since 2012. Temptation Nation now travel to Atlanta for a July 9 marquis match-up that could very well determine the No.2 seed in the Western Conference.
|Passing Yards (Net)||71||63|
|Total Offense Plays-Yards||40-265||50-185|