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SEATTLE MIST COINED SPORT’S LATEST DYNASTY, CAPPING SPECIAL 10TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON ON TOP

(SEATTLE, WA- MONDAY, SEPT 16) The LFL’s 10th Anniversary season came to a finale, with the Seattle Mist defeating the LA Temptation 56-20 in the Legends Cup Championship. Coach Michaelson, KK Matheny, and the Seattle Mist have now won 3 of the last 5 Legends Cup titles, becoming the sporting world’s latest dynasty.

The Mist’s dominance started in the 2015 season when Michaelson, who hadn’t won a playoff game in his five-year career at the time, heavily recruited and put together one of the best rosters in league history.

Danika Brace’s return to Seattle in 2015 was the staple of the personnel moves. Brace’s return was followed by quarterback KK Matheny, who moved her entire life to the Pacific Northwest in search of winning. Joining Matheny was Bryn Renda, one of the top receivers all-time in the LFL.

That 2015 team put together a magical season and set the tone for this group of athletes for the next five seasons.

On this 2019 Legends Cup Seattle Mist, only three athletes played in both of the Mist’s previous Titles. KK Matheny, Stevi Schnoor, and Katie Whelan are the three consistent pieces during the Mist success on the field.

Saturday night’s game was all Seattle and LA had no answer for what the Mist delivered.

Seattle’s defense shut down the Temptation rushing attack that got them to the Championship game. Putting pressure on quarterback Ashley Salerno and stuffing the run, led LA to search for answers.

Miriah Lopez only averaged 2.7 yard-per-carry on the night. An amount that doesn’t provide much of a threat for the LA offense.

Salerno was a meager 7-of-18 passing for 85 yards with only one touchdown and two interceptions.

Halfway into the second quarter, Seattle had themselves a 21-0 lead. Around this time, LA’s leadership on the field began to question and point fingers at their coaching ranks for their inability to make any adjustments to stop Seattle.

Seattle was simply playing stronger in all aspects of the game. Their shoulder pads were lower, they executed faster, they made contact with more contact, and they were playing with more confidence.

Playing at home and in front of their cheering fans could certainly have been a huge factor for their energy and performance early in the big game.

Most of those athletes on Seattle’s team had also been in the big game often and recently. Alli Alberts, Jade Randle, KK Matheny, Stevi Schnoor, Katie Whelan, Kiara Williams, Kera Bryant, Dominique Malloy, and coaches Michaelson and Jessica Hopkins had all won at least legends cup in the prior three seasons. Some athletes played in up to four cups in the past five seasons. That is a big-game experience you cannot ignore.

For LA it had been seven seasons since many of those veterans had played in a big game. Their only athlete to win a Legends Cup in the past six years was Hallie Jiskra who won multiple with the Chicago Bliss.
The lack of parity showed. By halftime, the Mist held a 35-6 lead in what was becoming the most lopsided championship in league history. LA was no match for this dialed-in Mist team.

The biggest performances of the night were from Seattle’s two-way athletes – Stevi Schnoor and Kiara Williams.

Schnoor, playing in her last LFL game, put together one of the best performances of her career. Three rushing touchdowns, over 80 all-purpose yards, two big receptions, led the Mist in tackles and had a pair of interceptions.

Neck and neck with the Bull’s performance was Williams’. Kiara Willaims, playing in her second Legends Cup, had the game of her career. Williams rushed for a touchdown, averaging 8.8 yards-per-carry on four rushes, caught a pair of touchdown receptions, and had herself an interception on the night.

With a lot of this Seattle roster eyeing retirement, Williams will be a bright spot in this team’s future.

Quarterback KK Matheny became the first quarterback in LFL History with three Legends Cup titles. She also put together one of her best and near-perfect games of her career.

Matheny was 12-of-16 passing for 117 yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions. Her passer rating of 134.6 might never be topped in a Legends Cup Game.

The league’s most competitive and special season has now come to an end. The Cup will live in Seattle this off-season as teams across the league prepare for 2020 and the next decade of LFL Football.

Through one decade of LFL Football, Seattle now shares the accomplishment of three titles along with LA. The other four championships belong to the Chicago Bliss. Will another team hoist the ultimate prize next season or will one of these three iconic teams capture another?

 


LA SEA
Score 20 56
First Downs 6 12
Rushes-Yards (Net) 17-45 23-110
Passing Yards (Net) 85 117
Passes Att-Comp-Int 19-7-3 16-12-0
Total Offense Plays-Yards 36-130 39-227
Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Interception Returns-Yards 0-0 3-34
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 4-18 6-40
Possession Time 18:27 21:33
Third-Down Conversions 2/6 3/5
Fourth-Down Conversions 0/4 1/1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 2/2 5/6