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Vancouver Legion @ Alaska Storm

Results

Regular Season Season 10 (Winter 2018)

The Eye

Vancouver Legion
Alaska Storm
17 - 44
Final Score
Scoreboard Total Yds Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass TDs Rush TDs TD 1st Downs 3D Conv. 3D Att. 3rd down % 4D Conv. 4D Att. 4th Down % TOP TO 1 2 3 4 OT Final
Vancouver Legion 237 189 48 2 0 8 4 10 40 0 0 0 16:57 1 - 0 3 14 0 - 17
Alaska Storm 527 507 20 3 0 24 11 13 84 0 0 0 26:31 2 - 10 10 14 10 - 44
PAS YDS
0
PAS TD
0
RSH YDS
0
RSH TD
0
PAS YDS
0
PAS TD
0
RSH YDS
0
RSH TD
0
Additional Stats
0ATT
0REC
0INT
0ATT
0REC
0INT
Defense/Special Teams Vancouver Legion Alaska Storm
Times sacked. 0 0
Tackles. 0 0
Tackles for loss. 0 0
Punt return yards. 0 0
Kick return yardage. 0 0

Details

Date Time League Season Week
01/07/2018 5:00 pm CST Regular Season Season 10 (Winter 2018) 1

Venue

The Eye

Results

TeamTotal YdsPass YdsRush YdsPass TDsRush TDs1st Downs3D Conv.3D Att.3rd down %4D Conv.4D Att.4th Down %TOPTO1234OTFinal
Vancouver Legion237189482084104000016:5710314017
Alaska Storm52750720302411138400026:3121010141044

Recap

by Jeremy Vega, Vancouver WR

The Alaska Storm hosted the Vancouver Legion in the first of two matchups we will see of these division rivals. With lots of question marks surrounding these two teams, lots of hype building around the league, it was a game that was watched by many. How would the Storm fair with no star HB? One of two teams to do so in the league. Could their star-studded receivers along with their veteran quarterback, win games through the air and the air alone? How about the Legion? Were they just a lucky Cinderella team last season or are they the real deal? Can their balanced attack and bend-but-don’t-break defensive method hold true against such a potent offence? Well, two things were certain in this game:  ALL these questions were answered and the Legion should have evacuated the state.

ALASKA STORM

The Storm, as expected, came out firing through the air for the entirety of the game. Ron Cockren had a staggering 57 passing attempts with 46 completions. He also had 3 touchdowns through the air. Optimus Cline, MVP of the game, and quite possibly the season, had an absurd 18 receptions for 298 yards. The Storm offense, much like a CAT 6 Storm, were impossible to stop. Their offense threw in every direction of the field confusing the Legion defense. They dominated time of possession while completing 84% of their 3rd down attempts which gave them 24 first downs in the game.  With little to no pressure, Ron Cockren had enough time in the pocket to think about his post-game meal, as well as wait for his receivers to get separation from the Legion Penitentiary. Alaska, only outscored by Indianapolis, scored 44 points to come out with the victory in their home opener.

One thing is for sure about the Alaska offense, it is very capable of dominating without a star HB and Mighty and his squad are a force to be reckoned with through the air.  The Alaska storm will look to continue their success against their week two opponent, the Houston Hyenas. Head Coach and owner Mighty provided his thoughts on his team’s performance:

“After the way last season ended, we knew there were things we wanted to address. Having lost both matchups against Vancouver last year, we wanted to rectify that and give the home fans something they’d never seen before as we unveiled our aerial attack. Defensively, we were stout, and that has become the norm for the Storm. There were hiccups here and there and those will be addressed. Offensively, we were aggressive. With that, you accept the fact that turnovers will occur. We’ll clean some things up there as we prepare for Houston”.

VANCOUVER LEGION

The Legion, ready to do battle in The Eye of the storm against their biggest rival, came into week one confident they could steal a win. Things didn’t go their way both offensively and defensively. Their offense sputtered most of the game and had little to no success. The offense went 4-10 on 3rd down, while losing the time of possession battle, 16 to 26 minutes. Defensively, the Legion looked lost trying to cover the surging Storm offense. The results of the game vastly overshadows anything that can be considered a positive take away from the game, but there really are positive things the Legion will take with them moving into week 2. Tom Pepper had a very proficient game going 12-21 for 189 yards and two touchdown strikes. Cade Stephens looks like the leading wide receiver again hauling in 4 catches for 125 yards and one score. Frank Champion continues his dominance against offenses compiling 10 tackles, 3 assists, and a tackle for a loss. The captain of the secondary, Mahmoud Ajlouni, had an impressive night with 8 tackles, 2 pass deflections and an interception. With player progression and a positive attitude, the Legion team will use Week 1 as a learning experience while looking to build off their positives as they move on to face the London Knights in the Knights’ home opener. Owner and head coach Andy Hamilton gave his thoughts on his team’s performance:

“I thought the team actually played pretty well. Obviously not the results we wanted, but week one is always a tough week. Our scouts have started working on London and we’re excited to get across the pond and take on the Knights”.

Week one is in the books and both teams are running towards their respective week two opponents with excitement and positivity. This rivalry will pick back up in Week 12 with a strong chance of having playoff implications. It will be, as I have always thought, the biggest game for both teams.
Thank you for taking the time to read all the SFL Beat writers’ articles as well as mine, and until next time, have a great week.

Video

Vancouver Legion

Offense Position Pass. C ATT COMP % PAS YDS PAS TD INT LNG SCKD YDS LST Rush. CAR RSH YDS YPC RSH TD LNG Rec. REC YDS YPR TD LNG TGT FUM LST Punt. P TB I20
Jeremy VegaWR 000000 00 0000  11515.0015000 000
Brett KillianWR 000000 00 0000  294.506000 000
Tom PepperQB 122157.141892147310 0000  0000 000 000
Ivan SanchezRB 000000 00 21482.3014 263.008000 000
Cade StevensWR 000000 00 0000  412531.3147000 000
Tristan CarrTE 000000 00 0000  12828.0128000 000
Total  122157.1418921 310 21482.30  1018318.32 000 000
Defense Position TCK AST 1 SCK 1/2 SCK TFL PD INT YDS LNG TD FGA FGM LNG PR PR YDS PR TD LNG KR KR YDS KR TD LNG
Joshua BannerSS42001000 000 000 000 
Maajor KeyCB40000000 000 000 000 
Mahmoud AjlouniFS81000212929000 18089194026
Jaquarinarius DontamateryxCB84000100 000 000 000 
Marquis ReidLB5400011-1-1000 000 000 
Frank ChampionLB103001000 000 000 000 
Total 39140024228 000 180 91940 

Alaska Storm

Offense Position Pass. C ATT COMP % PAS YDS PAS TD INT LNG SCKD YDS LST Rush. CAR RSH YDS YPC RSH TD LNG Rec. REC YDS YPR TD LNG TGT FUM LST Punt. P TB I20
Ron Cockren QB 465780.70494326815 0000  0000 000 000
Jeff ComeauWR 000000 00 0000  5428.4014000 000
Robert MerrillWR 000000 00 0000  3144.716000 000
Yasin CliftonTE 000000 00 0000  14646.0046000 000
Optimus ClineWR 000000 00 0000  1829816.6068000 000
Total  465780.7049432 15 0000  2740014.81 000 000
Defense Position TCK AST 1 SCK 1/2 SCK TFL PD INT YDS LNG TD FGA FGM LNG PR PR YDS PR TD LNG KR KR YDS KR TD LNG
Robert MerrillWR00000000 000 41407479021
Brad BrechettK00000000 03340000 000 
Ryan TobinFS62000000 000 000 000 
Evan CarrollCB11000000 000 000 000 
Tony WillisSS41000000 000 000 000 
Ryan DavidsonCB010002166000 000 000 
Andrew FrancisLB11001000 000 000 000 
Alex DominguezDE31102000 000 000 000 
Total 157103216 033 4140 4790 
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