MIST STILL PERFECT AFTER HANDLING DREAM, 62-22
(DENVER, COLORADO, MONDAY JUNE 17th, 2019) The Seattle Mist are off to a perfect 3-0 start to the season, after handling the Denver Dream Saturday night.
Mist quarterback KK Matheny has not been on the losing end of a regular season game since June of 2016, when her Mist lost their only game of that regular season to the Dallas Desire. She has led her team to win 11 consecutive regular season games, which is the longest streak in LFL History during the regular season.
In the 2017 season, Matheny’s Mist were a perfect 4-0. In 2018, her Nashville Knights were a perfect 4-0. Currently in 2019 after last week’s win over Denver, her Mist are a perfect 3-0 as they prepare for a huge game to finish out their regular season against the Austin Acoustic later this month.
What’s even more impressive is during the last seven seasons, the Matheny led teams have only lost FOUR regular season games. An 8-0 loss to the Omaha Heart in 2013, a 21-19 loss to the Baltimore Charms in 2013, a 14-13 loss to LA in 2015, and the 26-21 loss to Dallas in 2016. Matheny’s teams are simply rock-solid during the regular season, they rarely lose, and never get beat by more than one score.
Saturday night was another near outstanding performance for the Matheny and her Mist offense.
After one quarter, and having just an 8-0 lead it looked like Denver was going to hang around and potentially keep things close. They struggled to move the ball in the first period, but their defense forced Seattle to keep their drives alive and burn a lot of the clock in the first.
It didn’t take long for Seattle to stretch the lead and find themselves up big.
Seattle scored five times in the first half with touchdown runs by Dominique Malloy, Stevi Schnoor, and Kiara Williams, as well as Matheny finding Stevi Schnoor and Alli Alberts through the air for a touchdown connection.
The surprise was the Denver Dream’s ability to score twice against one of the most star-studded defenses in LFL history.
An even bigger surprise was the fact that even though Seattle had a commanding 40-14 lead over Denver, the Dream’s Britney Perea had completed more passes and threw for more yards than Matheny in the first half. Perea was 5-of-12 passing for 56 yards with one touchdown pass to Tahira Williams.
Matheny was just 4-of-7 passing at the half with 55 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Denver was playing decent defense against the pass and Seattle’s secondary was actually having a tough time containing Denver’s receivers at times.
The solid first-half performance, with evident improvement for the Denver Dream, also was seen in the second half.
Denver held Seattle to finding the endzone only three more times in the second half, while scoring another touchdown of their own, bringing the score to a final of 62-22.
Most expected Seattle to win by 70 points and predicted Denver might score once in the game. Denver, however, was able to sustain drives and keep Seattle on their heels during periods of the game.
Denver Coach Marcus Juniel clearly has his franchise going in the right direction after showing signs of improvement and having areas of success against the league’s top team.
One of the more exciting plays of the night was backup quarterback Jessica Poole finding Briana Roy for a 35-yard touchdown pass with less than a minute remaining in the game.
On the night Matheny’s passing totals were: 8-of-13 passing for 105 yards and three touchdown passes.
Britney Perea didn’t complete another pass in the second half and finished the evening 5-of-12 passing for 56 yards and one touchdown, while her backup Jessica Poole finished 2-for-4, 47 yards, and one touchdown in the second half.
Denver (0-2) will quickly regroup and play the Nashville Knights June 22nd, in a game that some believe will be their first win in franchise history.
Seattle (3-0) will also take the field again in June, as they finish out their regular season at home against the Austin Acoustic in one of the most anticipated games of the year.
|Passing Yards (Net)||105||103|
|Total Offense Plays-Yards||33-213||37-145|