Last Saturday night’s game against Atlanta had zero to say to about playoff positioning, but certainly gave the victorious Temptation a big psychological boost going into their seemingly annual war with the Seattle Mist.The game was a brutal defensive struggle during the 1st quarter, as neither team could score, despite some effective running from both teams, particularly Carmen Bourseau of the LA and Brittany Demery of Atlanta. Long drives for both teams were derailed by turnovers, including a well timed INT by Delaney Hall at the LA 2, and an Ashley Salerno rumble just one yard from the end zone.
In second quarter, Atlanta finally broke through as QB Dakota Hughes took her team down the field, mixing a few short passes with effective runs from Jessie Locklear. LA tried to counter, but a nice drive utlimately ended with another turnover … this time with a Salerno interception at the Atlanta 9. LA defense would rise to the occasion and hold, and the 2nd quarter ended 7-0 Atlanta.
In the third quarter, the Steam extended their lead to 14-0 right out of the gate, with effective running and passing from QB Hughes, who marched Atlanta methodically down the field, culminating with a 3 yard Hughes scamper into the end zone. LA got the ball back with under 3 minutes left in the quarter, and after some tough running from Boursea brought the ball into Atlanta territory with time running out in the quarter.
That set the stage for an eventful 4th quarter, in which the visitors made all the plays, en route to a stirring comeback. Megan Hanson came up with a huge 13 yard reception, bringing the ball to the Atlanta one, and then Salerno took it in from there, making the score a more manageable 14-7. And on Atlanta’s next play, Hanson continued to take matters into her own hands … this time on defense … as she caused a Demery fumble and then made the recovery at the Atlanta 20. Salerno then connected for 18 to Bourseau, who showed she is indeed a multi-faceted runner, and fro there, Salerno took the rock across the goal line, tying the game at 14. After another Atlanta drive stalled, LA went in for the kill, with more power running by Bourseau, along with a 12-yard pick up by Cynthia Schmidt, and yet another Ashley Salerno touchdown. After another Steam drive stalled, LA ran out the clock for a very gratifying comeback win.
Said Coach Tui, “in a shorthanded situation against a very tough opponent, we showed what we were made of, and never gave up. This team is too tough to go down without a fight, and I think that attitude will serve us well in what will be a war of attrition against the Mist in round 1 of the playoffs. Hats off to Bourseau and Salerno, who really got the job done on the ground, and to our very formidable defense, which kept the game close and gave our offense time to get its act together. We had huge games from a number of defenders, particular Megan and Chelsey, and we’ll definitely need this to continue in the playoffs.”
US Open Series Update: Citi Open
August 2, 2017
Doron Lowe and Tim Fjestad have announced the launch of a new exhibition basketball
team, FLIGHT SQUAD. The re-branded team boasts a co-ed roster of former international
pro players and D1 athletes. FLIGHT SQUAD travels the globe for fundraising, charitable,
tournament and league events. After many of their games, they encourage the youth
through motivational speeches. Brittany Dorsey, who played professionally for Kiev,Ukraine,
has been hired as head coach. Lowe most recently worked at ESPN and ABC7 Los
Angeles and Fjestad has years of experience in sports fundraising event sales.
Driven by values of teamwork, dedication and humility, their focus is blending competitive
basketball with unexpected, cutting edge entertainment. The organization’s business offices
are located in Los Angles and Denver. For more information, please contact Tim Fjestad at
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: flightsquadball.com
Today’s sumptuous sandwich is the exciting and very substantial “Wild Bill”. I had the large/10 inch version, and this delicious creation keep me well satisfied for hours. There’s plenty of juicy roast beef, an overdose of yummy bacon, topped with melted Mozzarella and drizzled with slightly sweet Bar-B-Q sauce, mayo, mustard and some veggies. I recommend you order it with the French roll, which does a great job holding this imposing collection of meats and treats together in a firm, crispy delivery vehicle. Add a side of potato or macaroni salad, and you have a meal fit for a king.
As we enter the dog days of August, nothing could be more appropriate than ushering in the heart of Summer with our new ChabDog of the Month, lovable little Leo, the Chihuahua mix. The cherished canine companion of James Carmona, hair stylist extraordinaire at Salon del Mar in Manhattan Beach, CA, Leo can’t get enough of patron patronage, and you’ll enjoy having him sitting in the lap of luxury while Jim performs his barber magic. If you need a lift, just pick this therapy dog up and hold him for a few minutes, and the world will seem a lot more forgiving, happy and bright. And thank you Leo for wearing the eye liner that matched my shirt perfectly!
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