SEATTLE REIGNS IN THE 2ND HALF, AVOIDS AUSTIN SCARE, 46-26
(AUSTIN, TX. – April 22, 2017) One a night that saw the emergence of two potential rookie phenoms and the first-look at Seattle’s high profile free agents, thousands at H-E-B Center witnessed one of the more competitive games in recent history, despite the final score.
Coming in as an 8.5pt Vegas underdog, Austin was going to be tested, especially its 2nd year Quarterback Teshay Winfrey. It did not take long for Winfrey and the impressive Austin offense to respond, late in the 1st Quarter, mounting a 5 play 25 yard drive, Winfrey found potentially a future star in Kassandra Bills for a 11yd touchdown pass, giving Austin an improbable 7-0 lead. Seattle answered by unleashing the ‘Running of the Bull’, Stevie Schnor, the power back had two 1st half scores of 2yds and 18yds.
Austin kept answering Seattle with its deadly-combo of Winfrey to Bills, who accounted for two more 1st half touchdown passes of 35yds and 30yds. A KK Matheny to LaShauda Fowler touchdown pass with only :42 seconds remaining in the 1st half, made it a 20-20 game going into Halftime.
Despite Austin giving up a last minute scoring drive, there was a lot of optimism in the Acoustic locker-room, while concern and doubt headlined Seattle’s locker room. Was the greatest team on paper ever assembled, a dud?
The Dallas Desire high profile free-agents, were rendered virtually useless through 20 minutes of play, with the exception of Danielle Hawkins making some open field defensive plays. It appeared Hawkins was tasked with spying Winfrey in the 1st half.
Mist fans were probably starting whispers of pulling Matheny for free-agent Quarterback Michelle Angel. When head coach and offensive coordinator Chris Michaelson was asked by LFL sideline reporter, Brennah Black if a change at Quarterback was possible for the 2nd half. Michaelson just smiled and said, they plan to keep the course with Matheny.
Michaelson’s trust in number 15 paid off in dividends in the 2nd half, as Matheny caught fire connecting on a pair of touchdown passes, one to The Bull and the other, one of the most beautiful passes you will see in the LFL, a tight spiral threading the needle between two Austin defenders, connecting with Jessica Hopkins. Seattle continued to pound The Bull, who responded with two more scores, one was a 11yd touchdown pass from Matheny the other on the ground for 1yd touchdown run.
Austin struggled in the 2nd half with multiple drive-killing penalties as well as an offense that lost its sync. Managing only 6 second half points, Austin got run out of their own building with a 46-26 loss.
Despite the loss, Austin appears to have become a contender and in the process identified several new impact rookies and a Quarterback that quieted her doubters.
|Passing Yards (Net)||124||105|
|Total Offense Plays-Yards||39-257||38-168|