The 10th Anniversary season is rolling along and after just three weeks of LFL Football, it’s evident 2019 will be one of the most competitive seasons in LFL history. The improved Denver Dream franchise is a key factor to the leveling playing field in the league so far this season. Despite suffering a 47-18 loss against the LA Temptation Friday, April 26th, the Dream have shown they are here to compete this season.

Week 3 was a must-win game for LA in order to keep their playoff hopes alive in the Western Conference. The way the schedules align for the Western Conference, a playoff team this year will likely need three wins to make the postseason, as a 2-2 finish (like we saw last year with the Austin Acoustic) would have that team on the outside looking in. No team wants to miss this season’s postseason, which is one of the most coveted Championship races in league history- ‘The Road to X’.

It was just a few seasons ago that the Jayne Caldwell led Temptation were 3-1, missing the postseason due to a point differential to Dallas and Seattle. With Austin, Seattle, and LA atop the league’s most stacked rosters, we could see this scenario again in 2019 as all three teams have a scheduled game against each other.

The 47-18 final score in the Week 3 match-up, did not signify exactly how close of a game this was. In fact, LA did not take the lead until mid-way between the 2nd quarter.

The scoring began with Denver’s quarterback Britney Perea finding rookie wide-receiver Jessica Poole for a 9-yard touchdown connection after the pass was knocked out of another receiver’s hands and scooped up by Poole at the front of the endzone. This was just the beginning of Jessica Poole’s fantastic evening.

The following LA possession, the Temptation marched down the field and scored on a Nas Johnson 10-yard run tying the game at 6 apiece.

The next play from scrimmage for Denver, it was the same connection- Perea to Poole, as the rookie got through the LA secondary and found herself wide-open with outstretched arms, grabbing Perea’s beautiful pass for a 35-yard TD strike. The quarter came to an end with Denver leading 12-6.

The Dream offense struggled in the second quarter, while LA got things rolling. The Temptation scored twice to take a 20-12 lead, thanks to Ashley Salerno finding Danielle Harvey on a 14-yard TD strike and a Miriah Lopez 7-yard TD run.

The 20-12 halftime score was an indication of the quality of time Denver Head-coach Marcus Juniel put in this off-season to prepare the Dream for 2019.

Despite three-touchdown passes in the first half combined, Ashley Salerno and Britney Perea did not have the pass game clicking. Salerno was 1-of-3 passing with 1 TD, and 1 INT, while Perea was 2-of-11 passing with 2 TDs, and 1 INT. Nearly as many interceptions thrown as passes completed between the two signal callers.

In the third quarter of play, Salerno tallied another touchdown pass finding Hallie Jiskra (her new favorite target) on a 6-yard touchdown pass.

Dream running-back Liz Camack also found the endzone on the ground in the third and heading into the final quarter of play the Temptation led the Dream 27-18.

The fourth quarter was all LA as they scored three more times, bringing the final score of the game to 47-18.

On the evening LA running-back Miriah Lopez had two touchdowns, and quarterback Salerno completed 3-of-7 passes with 3 TDs and 1 INT. Jiskra finished the night with two touchdown receptions, bringing her season total to four and leading the LFL through 3 Weeks. Defensively TJ Anderson finished the night with four tackles and one sack.

Denver quarterback Britney Perea was 3-of-16 passing with 2 TDs, and 1 INT. Jessica Poole is making a case early this year for Rookie of the Year with her two touchdowns for 44 yards in her first outing in the LFL. Karie Phelps finished the night leading the Dream with 7 tackles and 1 sack on quarterback Ashley Salerno.

After the loss against LA, Denver is now 0-12 all time and still searching for their first franchise win. Most analysts have circled two of their games as a potential for that first victory. The 0-1 Dream will host the Seattle Mist early June but then go on the road to Nashville and Omaha, two contests they will certainly have a chance of winning.

LA sits 1-1 as they get set to host the Atlanta Steam on May 17th. Following the Week 6 match-up against Atlanta, LA will have over two months to prepare for what could be the game of the season July 27th against the Austin Acoustic.

Score 47 18
First Downs 13 6
Rushes-Yards (Net) 31-158 20-104
Passing Yards (Net) 56 51
Passes Att-Comp-Int 7-3-1 19-4-2
Total Offense Plays-Yards 38-214 39-155
Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Interception Returns-Yards 2-22 1-16
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties-Yards 2-7 1-3
Possession Time 24:51 16:54
Third-Down Conversions 4/6 0/8
Fourth-Down Conversions 2/2 3/7
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 5/7 2/3