(SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – MONDAY, MAY 20th, 2019) Most LFL fans would not be surprised by the score of the Week 5 contest between Omaha and Seattle. For four season’s Omaha has been among the worst teams in the league, mostly due to the inability to find a franchise quarterback. Over the years, Omaha has been in a number of games where they were outscored by 50 or more points, so with the Heart playing the best offense ever assembled in the LFL, the score 70-6 was nearly expected.

The inability to find, sign, and secure a true franchise quarterback might no longer be the case. In the offseason, Omaha coaches did a fantastic job of recruiting Ana Garza from the Austin Acoustic, who has wanted her chance to prove she has the skillset to play the toughest position in sports. However, during the tryouts early this year the Heart’s future at the quarterback position had arrived- Lauren Crouch. Garza was beaten out at the position but her athleticism will be better utilized at the linebacker and wide receiver spot while providing depth for Omaha at the quarterback position.

Lauren Crouch might be the most exciting quarterback the state of Nebraska has witnessed since the early 2000’s when her relative Eric Crouch, 2001 Heisman Trophy winner, led the Cornhuskers to three consecutive Big 12 Conference Titles and four consecutive bowl games. Lauren possesses all the skills needed to compete in the LFL at a high level. Her speed, arm strength, throwing mechanics, and composure are among to best the LFL has seen. With coaching and playing time to get familiar with the LFL 7-on-7 game of football, Crouch will certainly be a highlight reel quarterback in the league.

Despite the 70-6 final score, Omaha’s offense was able to move the chains. Crouch led the charge with her arm and legs, much like relative Eric Crouch did for the Cornhuskers with being one of only three quarterbacks to rush for over 3,000 yards while throwing over 4,000 yards in his college career. Lauren led the Heart offense with rushing yards as well as throwing for 79 yards in her debut. The Heart offense only found the endzone once but was able to attain 7 first downs, which is the franchise’s best in the last four years against the league’s top teams.

If it wasn’t for a plethora of dropped passes in the game, Crouch would have helped the Heart move down the field more often with her arm and potentially put more points on the board.

The highlight of the game for Omaha was early in the second quarter – 1st and 10 from their own 15-yard line, Crouch connected with wide receiver Ana Garza in stride for a 33-yard completion just short of the endzone. Plays like this are what Omaha fans have to look forward to with their new quarterback.

On the next play, Jamie Lundberg found the endzone on a 2-yard rush giving Omaha their only points on the night.

Like expected, Seattle was dominant offensively. Running-back Stevi ‘The Bull’ Schnoor only rushed the ball four times but was able to tally up 38 yards and 3 touchdowns for the game. The lightning side of Seattle’s ‘thunder-and-lightning’ running-back duo, Dominique Maloy also ran the ball well against Omaha. Maloy finished with 42 yards and 2 touchdowns.

By halftime, Seattle Mist and KK Matheny had already found themselves with a 56-6 lead after she threw for 92 yards and three touchdowns. Matheny did throw her first interception on the season when Omaha’s Laura Grub snagged one late in the first quarter from the future Hall-of-fame quarterback.

Matheny finished the game 7-of-11 passing for 101 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Jade Randle, Alli Alberts, and Kiara Williams all caught a touchdown pass apiece. Coincidentally- Randle, Alberts, and Williams all found themselves an interception in the game also.

In her debut, Crouch finished 5-of-19 throwing, with no touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Most expect those numbers to be greatly improved when Omaha hosts the Nashville Knights next month on June 1st.

To finish out the season Seattle has to play the Denver Dream June 8th then host potentially the biggest game of their regular season, when they take on the Austin Acoustic June 29th. Seattle sits atop the Western Conference with their 2-0 record.

Omaha now 0-1 will have two games coming up they can certainly win as they face the rebuilt Nashville Knights and Denver Dream.

Score 6 70
First Downs 7 12
Rushes-Yards (Net) 27-40 19-108
Passing Yards (Net) 79 101
Passes Att-Comp-Int 19-5-3 11-7-1
Total Offense Plays-Yards 46-119 30-209
Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Interception Returns-Yards 1-19 3-74
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards 5-33 4-24
Possession Time 24:59 15:01
Third-Down Conversions 1/10 2/4
Fourth-Down Conversions 0/7 0/1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 1/4 6/8