(MANCHESTER, NH – Monday, June 27) After being spoiled by the greatest football team in modern-era in Foxboro, on Saturday night, in Manchester, New England got a sobering taste of what it feels like to lose and lose badly. Certainly an established franchise like the Chicago Bliss were heavily favored but without the services of franchise running back ChrisDell Harris, you would have expected a slightly more competitive game.

Early indications were good for the New England Liberty as they responded to a one-play Chicago scoring drive, by answering with a 15yd touchdown pass from ‘Young Gun’ Alex Drake to Jolie Efezokhae. As the score was updated across the LFL universe certainly more than a few eye-brows were raised.

Unfortunately for New England fans, that was the sole bright spot for this expansion team as Chicago rattled off the next 64 unanswered points en route to a staggering 70 to 7 win. The New England loss was the worse of any team this season, with the exception of Omaha’s 77 to 0 loss to Atlanta.

1st year Bliss quarterback and LFL Australia transplant Jacinda Barclay played well, showing great accuracy down the field but struggled with the short-passing game. Another major concern with Barclay is the amount of contact she invites, with a background in rugby, Barclay places herself in harms way far too many times.

Other highlights included the play of first-year wide receiver Amanda Johnson who is fast making Bliss fans forget about Alli Alberts. Johnson snagged two deep touchdown passes of 35 and 22 yards, respectively. On the defensive side of the ball, veteran cornerback Tamar Fennell dominated, which included a Drake interception returned to the house. After years of being on losing teams, Fennell seems to finally have found a home with an opportunity to win.

For New England or any expansion team, struggling is to be expected to a degree. However, New England’s struggles are not due to a lack of talent vs a lack of effort. Player and coaches are rumored to be missing practices and/or showing up late to practices. There have been numerous run-ins between coaches and players, including a more recently blow-up that apparently involved Quarterback Alex Drake and interim head coach Don Williams. Bottom line, the Football God’s are not to be lied to, they expose everything.

Chicago will return home next week to face another softball in the Omaha Heart at Toyota Park, in an effort to keep pace with rival Atlanta Steam. New England could have yet another massacre on its hands as the Liberty host the Atlanta Steam on July 23.

Chicago New England
Score 70 7
First Downs 8 6
Rushes-Yards (Net) 12-66 31-27
Passing Yards (Net) 131 51
Passes Att-Comp-Int 15-7-1 23-9-4
Total Offense Plays-Yards 27-197 54-78
Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Interception Returns-Yards 4-70 1-0
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 5-41 2-10
Possession Time 12:20 27:40
Third-Down Conversions 1/3 2/12
Fourth-Down Conversions 2/2 1/9
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 5/7 1/4