There was a lot to be excited about for Saturday night’s game 6 of Legends Football League between Vegas and LA as the first Western Conference matchup of the season took place in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The game featured two of the most exciting passing quarterbacks in the league with Vegas’s Sindy Cummings and LA’s Ashley Salerno. Both quarterbacks, much like Atlanta’s Dakota Hughes, possess the accuracy, arm strength and throwing ability that make this game entertaining for fans.
With the return of coaches David ‘Biz’ Bizub and Tui Suiaunoa to Los Angeles, it felt like the championship years again, with the Temptation back in the Coliseum hosting their home games. Saturday night, fans were able to see a lot of passing as both teams dropped back to pass over forty times combined, and if Salerno hadn’t scrambled on so many pass plays there could have been forty passing attempts in the game.
The firsthalf of football Saturday night didn’t consist of much scoring, as the Temptation lead the Sin 13-6 at half, but it was filled with excitement for the many in attendance. Vegas received the kickoff to begin the game and the Sindy Cummings lead Sin offense looked to strike first.
The Sin did in fact find the end zone The eight play scoring drive began with three consecutive runs by Dominique Maloy and Tamar Fennell. Then on first down, Cummings found Brittany Henderson for a seven yard gain. On the ensuing play from the Los Angeles 18-yard line, Cummings connected with Charlotte Abrahamsen for a 14-yard gain, putting the Sin at first and goal from the 4-yard line.
After three rushing plays, Sindy Cummings ran it in to take the 6-0 lead midway through the first quarter, as the drive ate up nearly six minutes of the clock. A failed extra point attempt left the score at 6-0 in favor of the Sin.
LA took over on offense and looked to answer. Their first play was a glimpse of the dominant performance that Carmen Bourseau had Saturday night, as she rushed for an 11-yard pickup. Two plays later the drive ended as an Amanda Ruller fumble was recovered by the Sin’s rookie Zoey Clark.
Things looked great for the Sin as they took over with 1:36 remaining in the first quarter. After a couple rushing plays, Cummings connected again with Charlotte Abrahamsen for a 13-yard gain bringing the Sin offense to the Los Angeles 11-yard line. It appeared as though Vegas was about to take a two score lead on LA, but the Temptation defense had a huge four down goaline stand with Cummings being sacked on 4th down by Danielle Harvey and rookie Naja Christmas.
The Temptation took over from their own 5-yard line and drove down the field and scored on Bourseau 1-yard touchdown run. Bourseau had three rushes for 28 yards on that drive which tied the score at 6-6. This began the scoring spree for LA as they were able to score on every possession the rest of the night.
LA was back on offense right before the half and scored with 31 seconds remaining on a quarterback keeper by Salerno, and after a completed extra point the Temptation were up 13-6.
The first half was filled with highlight runs and passes by both teams and most wouldn’t have thought that 64 more points would be scored in the second half because of the good defense from both teams in the first 20 minutes of play.
LA received the ball first in the third quarter and on their second play, Carmen Bourseau quickly showed her speed as she scored on a 33-yard touchdown run nearly untouched, following her teammates great blocks. A Salerno pass to Sherri Awagah was complete for the extra point putting the Temptation up 21-6 on the Sin.
The rest of the third quarter was back-and-forth scoring as the Sin found the end zone on a Cummings 1-yard run and a Dominique Maloy 35-yard touchdown run, while Salerno and Bourseau both scored for the Temptation on 14-yard runs. At the end of the third quarter the score was 35-18. LA was able to maintain the three score lead, because they were able to convert two point conversions to make up for other extra point failed attempts, while Vegas had failed to complete any of their extra point attempts on the night.
Because of the Sin’s ability to throw the ball and score quickly it was still anyone’s game going into the fourth quarter.
After a Sin turnover on downs, the Temptation took over and quickly scored on a Salerno pass to Awagah for 13 yards. A two point conversion was good on the same tandem, as Salerno found Awagah in the end zone putting LA up 43-18 on Las Vegas with 7:44 remaining in the game.
After a quick four and out by Vegas, LA scored again, this time on a Amanda ‘Canada’ Ruller 18-yard touchdown run, putting the Temptation up 51-18 after an good extra point conversion.
Though not enough time remaining to mount a comeback, Las Vegas was able to answer with a nice drive lead by their passing game as Cummings found Tamar Fennell for a 13-yard touchdown pass with 3:09 remaining, which brought the score to 51-24 after a failed extra point conversion.
LA finished the scoring on the night with a Salerno touchdown pass to Monica Jaramilo for 23 yards putting them up 59-24 after a good two point conversion attempt when Salerno found Danielle Harvey in the end zone.
It was no question who was Saturday nights MVP as Carmen ‘F-150′ Bourseau ran for 115 yards on 10 carries, scoring three touchdowns. It was clear that Las Vegas needed to work on their tackling as defenders struggled to take down Bourseau in the open field due to bad angles and not getting into position.
Sindy Cummings showcased her ability to throw and attack with her passing game as she threw for 161 yards, completing 14 of 27 attempts with 1 touchdown. The second year quarterback did however throw her first interception late in the fourth to Nastassja Hall. Cummings went all season in 2014 without an interception, during her great rookie year.
Though the score was lopsided, the game was a much closer battle than the score showed as both teams showcased a lot of greatness. Expect Vegas to clean up some issues defensively and come out strong looking for their first win, after their five week break when they host the Seattle Mist in Ontario.
LA sits atop the Western Conference at 1-0 and after the league bye week, they play again on Friday May 29th when the Seattle Mist invite them to the ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington. LA and Seattle will play each other in back-to-back weeks as the Mist head to Coliseum for a re-match on Saturday, June 6th.
– Text by Colton Cull, originally posted on LFL360.com
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