HAMILTON, ON (LFL360.com) – An inauspicious opening kickoff fumble didn’t faze Eastern Conference All-Fantasy RB Marirose Roach. Nor her teammate Christy Bell, as they, with the help of several others, propelled the Eastern Conference to another LFL All-Fantasy Game victory, this time in dramatic fashion, 24-18.
But the hero — Eastern Conference QB Anonka Dixon– scored the game-winning touchdown with just over one minute remaining. The late score vaulted QB Christie Bell (3/4, 60 yards passing, 2 TD), who was instrumental in the East’s comeback, to MVP honors. Liz Gorman, her hard-hitting teammate, who had a major role in stopping the high-powered Western Conference offense, shares the award.
The score culminated a great second half comeback by the East, rallying from an 18-6 second-half deficit. Trailing by 12 after the West’s Kam Warner scored her second touchdown of the game, WR Jennifer Krause answered for the East on a deep pattern to cut the deficit to six. Next, QB Christy Bell hit Saige Steinmetz, who ran an excellent slant pattern to tie the game at 18 at the 9:22 mark of the second half.
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The amazing hits, punishing blows, precision passing and opportunistic defenses highlighted the 2011 All-Fantasy Game as the Eastern Conference narrowly defeated the Western Conference in a high-octane drama played out before a raucous crowd at Copps Coliseum.
In the first half, the Western Conference immediately capitalized on excellent field position after the East unsuccessfully moved the chains. Kam Warner plowed through the defense for a nine-yard-score at the with 12:52 remaining in the first-half. Four minutes later, the Eastern Conference, powered by the power running skills of Marirose Roach, evened up the score as Anonka Dixon passed to Taylor Thompson for the touchdown.
After that, the Eastern Conference defense temporarily tightened up, forcing a Tamica Estrella turnover. The Western Conference had the final laugh, as Ashley Salerno connected with the Seattle Mist’s Jessica Hopkins on the final play for the 12-6 lead going into the half.
Official game statistics to follow.
Photo courtesy of Joe Petro, LFL International Director of Photography and JAG Photography.