by Jeremy Vega, Vancouver WR
Western Conference Battle #1
The Dallas Ruffnecks traveled to Vancouver to face off against the Legion. Both teams riding losing streaks and both teams sitting at the bottom of the league. With these two teams being very similar in terms of teams stats it was almost a toss up as to who was going to walk away with the victory. With both teams giving up an average of 30+ points per game, we were almost expecting a shoot out. We almost got a shut out instead as the Legion only gave up one touchdown to Dallas. Let’s get into the breakdown of the game starting with Dallas.
Too cold for the Ruffnecks
Dallas just a few weeks prior had to reevaluate their team as they hadn’t won a game and were replacing half their team. With things settled and the team heading in a new direction they were hoping for their first win of the season against Vancouver. Unfortunately the play of Quarterback Mason Kirby kept Dallas behind most of the game. His 3 interceptions made the team one dimensional and forced him to attempt a pass 41 times. His and the team’s only score came in the second quarter when he connected on a pass to running back Mike Davis. Mike Davis wasn’t able to provide much on the ground when the team was running the ball early on. He had 16 attempts for 57 yards giving him an average of just 3.6 yards per carry. Defensively the Ruffnecks did hold the Legion offence to three field goals and limited the big plays down field. Turnovers kept the defence on the field too long as the team lost the time of possession battle by ten minutes. With the Legions heavy ground game it wore down the defence and the end result was almost a blowout on the road. Dallas will continue to make adjustments to get the most out of their Star players heading down the stretch of the final six games. It’s sad to say but it doesn’t look like Dallas will make the playoffs this season. They will still have six more games to build and gain experience for next season. Dallas heads into Week 7 hosting OKC.
Feeling right at home
The Legion returned home for their second home game in six weeks. Trying to end their second two game losing streak this season, the were ready to collect win #2 in front of their fans. The offensive stars really showed up this game, three in particular. Tom Pepper had his best game yet, as he went a staggering 24-27 152 yards with 2 TDs and no picks. He connected with Brett Killian 11 times for 65 yards and a touchdown. Tom also connected with rookie Jeremy Vega for a touchdown which was the first of the rookies career. All of this made possible by the star running back and star of the game Jonathan Sanchez. The workhorse toted the rock 36 times!! Rushing for 182 yards and averaging 5.1 yards a carry. No touchdowns on the day but he absolutely helped dominate the defense. Legions defense also known as the penitentiary, locked the Ruffnecks down through the air and on the ground. As one of the better run defenses in the league they were able to stall out Mike Davis and intercept Mason Kirby three times. The Vancouver team played very well and showed a lot of what they were all about last season. They will look to build momentum as they host the San Antonio Vaqueros who are coming off a huge win in prime time against the undefeated Storm. This will be the first of two matchups for the Legion and Vaqueros with the next game in Week 9.
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