(ATLANTA, GEORGIA)- Friday, July 17, 2015)

Atlanta closed out their regular season schedule with a 71-13 beat down of Omaha that included quarterback Dakota Hughes throwing for four touchdowns and running for another. Six different Steam players scored in a 10 touchdown, 324 yard explosion that leaves little doubt as to which team is the most potent in the LFL.

Atlanta (3-2) and Omaha (0-5) played an even opening quarter that saw the Steam up 6-0 as the second quarter began but Atlanta held a 43-0 lead as the teams headed to the locker room for the break after scoring five touchdowns and getting a safety in less than nine minutes of play.

The revamped Heart lost quarterback Anonka Dixon late in the first quarter to a leg injury forcing Heather Hudson to takeover which resulted in a number of fumbled snap exchanges that contributed to a seven fumble night for Omaha and led to the same result as the two previous meetings between the teams-an Atlanta blowout.

Coach Dane Robinson got everybody involved in the team’s final home game of the season and the stat sheet reflects that.

The Steam had 140 yards on the ground, led by Nas Johnson (54 yards on four carries and three touchdowns) while Lauran Ziegler (2/46 yards, 1 TD), Hughes (2/24 yards, 1 TD) and Jessi Locklear (3/16 yards) all were part of the rushing attack.

Hughes, the reigning league MVP and Rookie of the Year, was 9 of 13 passing for 182 yards in the win.

Zigler led Atlanta in both receptions (3) and yards (68) and added a receiving TD to go with her rushing score. Jodie Nettles (2/50 yards, TD), Adrian Purnell (2/35 yards, TD) and Johnson (2/29 yards, TD) also pulled in catches in the game. Johnson had a four touchdown game (3 rushing, 1 receiving).

As usual, the Atlanta defense was a team effort but Keyon Harrison had an outstanding individual night that included 12.5 tackles (11 UA, 3 A), a sack and 3.5 tackles for loss. Zigler was second on the team in tackles (5.0). Dina Wojowski recorded a safety and also scored an extra-point when she pulled in a deflected pass.

Omaha did score their first points of the season, but the revamped Heart have now lost two games by a combined 111-13 and look much like the Heart team that opened the season. Atlanta has faced the defending Legends Cup Champions twice this season, and have proven they can hang with the undefeated Bliss as both games were close contests.  However, with Omaha by far being the worst team in the league this season, it is hard to gauge just how strong the Eastern Conference is with Atlanta and Chicago being the only true competition in the east.

Atlanta will next take the field when they face Chicago in the Eastern Conference title game. The Steam have lost three straight to the two-time defending LFL champion Bliss and will have to snap that streak if they are to advance to their second consecutive Legends Cup Game.

Steam 2015 Schedule

WK 1: Saturday, April 11 vs. Chicago (L, 27-24)

WK 2: Saturday, April 18 @ Omaha (W, 79-0)

WK 4: Saturday, May 2 vs. Omaha (W, 62-0)

WK 5: Sunday, May 10 @ Chicago (L, 29-13)

WK 14: Friday, July 10 vs. Omaha (W, 71-13)

WK 20: Saturday, August 15 @ Chicago (Eastern Conference Title Game)

The Steam play home games at the 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth.

2015 LFL games are broadcast on national television via Fuse (check local listings).

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