It’s official. The Western Conference Champions from Season 8 have a hangover. Through two games, Dallas has just one first half touchdown and a first-half shutout against Houston put the Ruffnecks in a hole they couldn’t climb out of, eventually a 17-12 loss to rival Houston. The Hyenas improved to 2-0, two road wins against playoff teams from last season.
Houston’s defense led the way. Rookie linebacker Carson Delahart had a game-high 13 tackles and contributed three pass deflections. Blake Chance snagged his third interception of the young season. Houston’s gold defensive tackle Kitt Mohr had seven tackles and two sacks. Dallas out-gained Houston 398-303, had 23 first downs to the Hyenas 15 and converted third downs at a much higher clip. Despite all the yards, all the numbers, the Ruffnecks couldn’t put up points when it mattered. In three red zone chances, Dallas kicked two field goals – and missed another.
The Hyenas (2-0) welcome back their former co-owner and Defensive Coordinator Greg Morris and his new team, the San Antonio Vaqueros (0-2) for the Hyenas home opener. Dallas (0-2) faces Oklahoma City (2-0), trying to avoid a three-game home losing streak, four counting last years Championship loss to Queen City.