BLISS SIT 2-0, BUT PREPARE FOR A REAL TEST VS STEAM MAY 10TH
(CHICAGO, IL.- TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2015)
On a cold April night, the Omaha Heart traveled into Toyota Park just one week after being completely dominated by the Atlanta Steam. The task for the Heart was a difficult one, having to come into the league defending champion’s home field and win. Unfortunately for the Heart, the Bliss showed up to play and didn’t overlook their opponent. Everyone knew that Chicago was the more talented, experienced, and better team Saturday night. The Bliss players walked out onto their home field with a certain swagger that Championship teams have when they play in front of their home crowds. That swagger showed.
Chicago did not take long to show their home fans how dominant they are. On the first play from scrimmage, Heather ‘Rockstar’ Furr threw a 29 yard pass to Alli Alberts, who reached around her defender’s outstretched arms to come up with the grab. The very next play, Furr pitched the ball to ChrisDell ‘Ferrari’ Harris who scampered into the endzone for a two play Chicago scoring drive. If that was the only scoring play of the day for Chicago, it would have been enough to secure the win.
Omaha then had the ball at their own 15 yard line and the inexperience of the Omaha squad showed immediately. Omaha fields a roster of mostly rookies or players with little to no playing experience and the first play from scrimmage for the Heart was a fumbled snap by the QB Ashley Amick. That was one of the five fumbles by the Heart, which they recovered all but one.
Chicago wasted no time as they controlled the scoreboard as expected Saturday night. Chicago was in total “spread the wealth” mode. Seven touchdowns were scored by six Bliss players in the game. Their second possession, Furr handed the ball to Deena Fagiano who ran 18 yards untouched to put the score at 13-0 in the first. Chicago never look back as Heather Furr connected with Alli Alberts on a wide-open touchdown and found Charbria Survillion for a 17 yard screen pass, seeming to shed a tackle on each defensive player, which finished the first-half scoring for the Bliss.
Javell Thompson scored two times on the ground in the second half and Dominique Collins scored on a Amick fumble that she picked up and ran to the house.
Coach Hac of Chicago preached about the little things. He wanted his team to play a fundamentally sound game and do all of the little things correctly, and the Bliss did just that. While Omaha had some nice lengthy drives, they failed to score any points. Fumbles, inexperience, and turnovers killed every drive that Omaha had.
Chicago won easily 49-0 and reiterated exactly why they are the two time defending league champions. Heather Furr was an extremely efficient 8 for 9 passing with 2 touchdowns through the air. Omaha ran almost three times more offensive plays than Chicago, as the Bliss offense only ran six offensive plays the entire third quarter. The ability to not control the time of possession should not be an issue for Chicago as they had a quick strike offense Saturday night against a rookie Omaha defense. However, if the Atlanta Steam are able to control the ball in that fashion, it would be very concerning as the defense could get worn down in a battle with the Steam.
Chicago needs to work on their down-field passing game to have success against Atlanta as it is wise to think they will look to dominate and stop the Bliss run game lead by Heather Furr and ChrisDell Harris. Furr showed Saturday night that she can find her weapons down-field.
The Bliss have a week off as Coach Hac and company prepare to take on the Atlanta Steam Sunday, May 10th at home with a historic 1pm kickoff, being the first Sunday day game in league history. A beautiful Mother’s day football game under the sun would be special for all in attendance at beautiful Toyota Park.