LFL360.com, Pete Richmire
Saturday night at the ShoWare Center in Kent, two Legends Football League franchises met in front of another great Seattle Mist crowd. While most people around the league and odds makers in Las Vegas predicted a Seattle victory, the Green Bay Chill put on a show that should have the LFL Western Conference taking note.
In a game that was projected to be a fairly easy win for the Mist, the Chill, led by quarterback Anne Erler and her new cast of offensive threats, had the near-capacity crowd on the edge of their seats as they kept pace with Seattle score for score until the third quarter.
In fact, the Mist held just a 20-18 lead at half time, and there was some “what if” talk going on in the stands. What if Green Bay took the opening possession of the second half back for a score and took the lead? How would Seattle respond? What if this Chill squad had improved much more than people thought during the off-season? What if, oh no, Seattle stumbles in the second half and goes to Los Angeles 0-1?
Luckily for Mist fans the team responded well and, despite giving up another 18 points to a dangerous Chill offense, were able to pull away and win by a score that was more lopsided than the game itself. Seattle continued their trend of being a 1st or 2nd half team. It is either the first half or the second half where they explode on their opponents, so once the Mist are able to play a full 32 minutes at a high level of focus, the rest of the Legends Football League is in serious trouble.
Seattle’s offense is exactly what it needs to be; a talented quarterback throwing to a receiving corps that can score from any point on the field on any play. Then, if it is not the receivers that burn the defense, one of many Mist backs can run by or over anyone to find the end zone. Saturday was a great night to be a Mist fan and see so many different Seattle players wind up on the scoring sheet.
On the other side of the ball, it was a bit concerning to see the Chill also have the ability to put the ball in the end zone on their first play from scrimmage versus a Seattle defense touted to be much improved as well. The abilities of Erler, Cassie Anderson, Anna Heasman and the rest of the Chill offense were impressive and proved that the Mist have room for improvement. Green Bay is set to improve on their 1-3 record from 2011 and put some big numbers on the scoreboard this season. There was just more expected from the Mist defense which only gave up only 77 points in all of 2011.
Once the fourth quarter was almost over and it was safe to celebrate Shuree Hyatt’s Most Valuable Player award, which is likely to be the first of many, Seattle fans realized two things. First, this Seattle offense is outstanding and second, despite giving up 36 points, the defense has the ability to take the ball away from their opponent and put some vicious hits on the opposing team. Hopefully when combined, these two aspects will lead to Seattle’s first playoff appearance.
Another step towards that goal comes on May 4th when the Mist travel to Los Angeles to battle the Temptation. So if Laurel Creel, Jessica Hopkins, Shuree Hyatt, Lashaunda Fowler and Mele Rich can keep this scoring momentum going and the Seattle defense can tighten up significantly, that game may say a lot about how the Western Conference shapes up.
While Seattle Mist fans can celebrate another Mist victory, Green Bay fans can celebrate a second year team that has shown it can go into the toughest LFL building to play in and put points on the board. No matter which team they were rooting for Saturday night, LFL fans woke up Sunday morning with plenty to be excited about.