ANGEL & AUSTIN TURN LEAGUE UPSIDE DOWN WITH 36-34 UPSET OVER SEATTLE
2017 was a year most Austin players and fans have quickly forgotten. After going 0-4 in that season, making it to the Legends Cup the following year, and now being ranked as the number one and only undefeated team remaining this season, things have certainly turned around in Austin.
Going into Seattle, most doubted the Acoustic had much of a chance to defeat the Mist on their own turf.
Even with Seattle’s All-Fantasy wide-receiver and safety Alli Alberts out of the line-up due to injury, the Mist appeared to stack up better against the Acoustic on paper.
Michelle Angel had one of the best games of her life and beat one of the all-time defenses. Angel threw five touchdowns and no interceptions against Seattle while her opponent KK Matheny threw three touchdowns and gave up two costly interceptions in which Austin capitalized on both.
Austin was strong offensively in the first half. Michelle Angel found Kassandra Bills for three touchdowns, exposing the Seattle secondary multiple times.
It’s clear the Mist relied heavily on Alli Alberts in their secondary and her absence could be their biggest weakness heading into the postseason. There is a good chance her knee injury is season-ending.
At the half, Austin held a 24-22 lead- surprising everyone in the ShoWare Center.
Matheny lacked rhythm and the Mist defense consistently gave up big plays on third and fourth downs.
This continued into the third quarter, where Michelle Angel led the Acoustic to another score, while Seattle failed to reach the endzone. Austin scored early in the fourth, bringing the score to 36-22 and a commanding lead.
However, facing the 2019 Seattle Mist nothing is final until there is no time remaining on the clock.
Seattle scored twice bringing the score to 36-33 with a minute and a half remaining, with an extra point attempt to go. Even though Seattle made it exciting for the crowd with a chance to come within in one point, Seattle failed the extra point but still had a chance for an onside kick.
The onside was no good as well, and Seattle saw their perfect season come to an end as ChrisDell Harris and the Acoustic offense ran out the clock.
Harris finished the night with 93 yards on the ground as Seattle had a tough time defending the running back in the second half.
Heading into the game Seattle was a perfect 3-0 and Austin was a perfect 1-0. With a Seattle win, they would have clinched the number one spot in the playoffs.
Now at 3-1 Seattle’s only hope to get the #1 seed, is for Austin to lose to LA. If LA beats Austin week 14, this season’s playoff seeding could get very complex.
Austin now 2-0, still doesn’t have a guaranteed playoff spot, as a 2-2 finish for them would likely leave them out of the postseason. The Acoustic finish the season against LA and Nashville.
It’s possible for Seattle, LA, Austin, and Atlanta to all finish the regular with a 3-1 record which would nearly involve some rocket science to figuring the postseason matchups. Head-to-head is the first determining factor to league standings, and LA, Seattle, and Austin would have beaten each other. Atlanta would not have defeated either LA, Seattle, and Austin so they would be the #4 seed because of their loss to LA.
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, as the season still needs to finish out and the outcome could consist of many different pairings as Nashville and Omaha are both still very alive with only one loss so far on the year.
Seattle has clinched the postseason and will watch the remaining five weeks and see how things play out. Austin controls their own destiny in order to clinch the #1 seed and will clinch the postseason with another win.
|Passing Yards (Net)||164||122|
|Total Offense Plays-Yards||37-241||52-260|