The Atlanta Steam closed out their regular season schedule by beating the Omaha Heart 71-13 in a game that saw six different Steam players score on the way to a 10 touchdown, 324 yard offensive 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.
Six different Steammates scored TDs in the game and four different players crossed the goal line for extra-point conversions.
The rushing attack, led by Nas Johnson with 54 yards on four carries and three TDs, tallied 140 yards for the night. Lauran Ziegler (2/46 yards, 1 TD), Dakota Hughes (2/24 yards, 1 TD) and Jessi Locklear (3/16 yards) all contributed to the ground assault.
In addition to her contribution with her feet, Hughes had another good night passing. The reigning league MVP (and Rookie of the Year) was nine-of-14 for 182 yards and four touchdowns 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 foe loss. Zigler was second on the team in tackles (5.0). Dina Wojowski recorded a safety.
Omaha did score twice for 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 will next take the field when they face Chicago in the Eastern Conference title game on Saturday, August 15. 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.
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