SEATTLE REIGNS IN RECORD SETTING NIGHT, 106-0 OVER DENVER
A season that has had a historically bad start for an expansion team, got worse on Saturday night. The Denver Dream established new record highs defensively, giving up 62 halftime and ultimately 106 points to the Seattle Mist.
Taking nothing away from Seattle, a perennial powerhouse since 2009 and an All-Fantasy type offensive line-up, however no team should ever give up anywhere near as many as 100+ points in 40 minutes of football. While Denver’s defense struggled to put it mildly, the offense showed glimmers of hope. The offensive scheme of coordinator Jason Jines is solid, however, Jines fails to realize he lacks the personnel to execute it.
Seattle continues to play at the level of an elite team, offensively Quarterback KK Matheny has really matured in this offense while the combination of Dominique Malloy and Stevie Schnoor in the backfield, has become special. Malloy, had another breakout night, setting the tone early in the 1st Quarter with 3 touchdown runs of 25, 9 and 13 yards. Malloy was often not even touched by the Denver defense, all three of those runs being 1 play drives. The only concern for Mist fans coming into Saturday’s game was the play of 2016 League MVP Jade Randle, who was absent in the season-opener. Randle certainly punched her card tonight, as she connected with Matheny on a pair of touchdown receptions.
Defensively Seattle continues to be led by middle linebacker Danielle Hawkins, racking up 7.5 solo tackles and 2 sacks. No one was been more dominant than Hawkins defensively, through the first half of the season.
Seattle is expected to have an undefeated regular season as a rematch with Denver and a home game against the Austin Acoustic is all that stands between the Mist and a 4-0 mark.
Denver has to get back to the fundamentals of the game, tackle, block, contain, catch etc. There are some athletes on the team, but the scheme is not working with this roster. The coaching staff will have to shift their thinking to running more of a mis-direction offense, because one-on-one, this roster is not going to win a lot of match-ups upfront. The Dream will certainly continue to be tested as match-ups remain with Seattle and the Chicago Bliss. They say pressure makes diamonds, we will see if 2017 into 2018 season, produces precious jewels in Denver.
Denver hosts Seattle on July 1st then heads to Chicago for a rematch with Legends Cup 2017 champion, Chicago Bliss on July 29.
Seattle next travels to Denver for a 4th July weekend match-up on July 1 and wraps the regular season hosting a dangerous Austin Acoustic on July 15.
Keys to Denver improvement: Develop a more balanced offense, establishing a run game to take heat of a rookie Quarterback. Get back to basics on defense.
Keys to Seattle improvement: Continued development of chemistry between Matheny and Randle. Improve pass coverage.
|Passing Yards (Net)||34||127|
|Total Offense Plays-Yards||59-22||22-284|