Prodigy vs. Carolina Queens

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The Prodigy (3-0) faced a familiar opponent on the road against the Carolina Queens (0-2) and once again Washington came out on top in a 58-0 drubbing of their competitors.

The Queens opened up the game with a 21 yard run but it would be the longest gain and one of only two first-downs for Carolina in the game.  The series eventually resulted in a punt. And after several runs from Cheri Gantt and Shawntae Barnes, Barnes took in the first touchdown about 5 minutes into the quarter. 

The next defensive series featured a sack from Tinoi Jones and a subsequent fumble recovery from rookie Natasha Ware who stepped in at Defensive End for the game. That set up Barnes' second touchdown of the day, making the score 12-0.

As the second quarter began, Jones once again came up big for the defense blocking a punt that would eventually be recovered on the 6 yard line. One play later, Gantt got in on the scoring and with the extra point the scoreboard read 19-0. 

After a high snap on the Carolina punt, the Prodigy tookover in the red zone. Following two long runs from Barnes and rookie running back Danielle Richardson, rookie tight end Tierra Hawkins hauled in a 6 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Victoria Lyles. The half ended with an interception from cornerback Shellise "Tigg" Epps (returned for 28 yards) and a 14 yard touchdown run from Richardson. The Prodigy headed into the locker room up 32-0 at the half. 

The third quarter consisted of more runs from Gantt and Barnes, but Hawkins once again saw the end zone, catching her second touchdown pass of the day and providing the only points for the third quarter.

In the fourth, with the ball on the 11 yard line, quarterback Christina Tsu stood strong in the pocket, throwing a touchdown to Lindsey Walton while being hit hard.  After a blocked extra point, one of several that day, the score stood at 45-0.

Richardson returned to the end zone for the second time after a short punt by Carolina. And to end the game, veteran linebacker Ashley "Smoke" Marshall intercepted a Queens' pass and took it 32 yards in the opposite direction for a touchdown. 

NEXT UP: Washington Hosts the Houston Heat in a rematch of the season opener.  Get your tickets to the game -- Prodigy's Night OUT -- on May 5th. 

Prodigy vs. Hampton Roads Lady Gators

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Game #2 of the 2018 season is in the books, with the Prodigy (2-0) overpowering the Hampton Roads Lady Gators (1-1) 43-0 in Washington's home opener.

The Lady Gators started with the ball from their own 31 and opened with a three and out, forcing them to punt. After that, it was the Prodigy backfield of Cheri "Little Mimi" Gantt and Shawntae "Tank" Barnes that went to work. Gain after gain -- including a fake punt that garnered an 18 yard run from Ramzeh "Pinky" Deen-sie -- the Prodigy marched it down the field.  Gantt would be the one to run in the first score of the game.  With the extra point, the home team went up 7-0 with 1:34 left in the first quarter. 

In the second quarter, it was a familiar story with the Prodigy defense dominating once again. After a one-yard gain, a quarterback sack and a tackle for loss, safety Keshia Cousar returned a punt nearly 50 yards for touchdown.  On the next possession for Hampton Roads, the Washington defense forced a turnover on downs.  When Washington faced a fourth down, with 5 yards to gain, quarterback Vicky Lyles threw a 32 yard completion to rookie receiver Natasha Ware. But the Prodigy couldn't punch it in and had to settle for a field goal from kicker Lindsey Walton. 

With less than a minute left in the half, cornerback Shantel Wilson intercepted a pass giving the offense the ball back on the 27 yard line. As the clock ticked down, a long pass to Ware, a rushing touchdown from Gantt and an extra point from Walton sent the Prodigy into the locker room up 24-0 at the half. 

Washington started the second half from their own 35 yard line. And again, the ground game led the way. This time, rookie running back Danielle Richardson would get the first points of the half with a 6 yard touchdown run.  On the following Lady Gators possession, Cousar decided she was coming back for more, returning a 55-yard interception for a touchdown, making the score 36-0. 

As the game approached the end, cornerback Shellise "Tigg" Epps picked off a Lady Gator pass, giving the ball back to the offense. Barnes ran in the final touchdown of the game. 

NEXT UP: The Prodigy head south to Charlotte, NC where they will face the Carolina Queens on Saturday April 14. 

Prodigy vs. Houston Heat

The Prodigy (1-0) began the 2018 season at the USWFL Saturday Spectacular Season Kickoff in Bristol, TN against the Houston Heat (0-1). Washington started off this year similarly to they way the ended 2017 -- with a 48-0 win over a team from Houston. 

The first quarter ended with a Prodigy drive to the 5 yard line but they were unable to punch it in, keeping the score 0-0.

But the ground-game of Cheri "Lil' Mimi" Gantt and Shawntae "Tank" Barnes ran all over Houston in the second quarter. Gantt started off the scoring with a 10-yard touchdown run, one minute into the quarter. The Prodigy defense continued the momentum with three tackles for loss and a short punt returned to the 25 yard line.  From there, Barnes took two plays to march the ball into the end zone to make it 12-0.  The Prodigy weren't done there. With 1:30 to go in the half, the defense forced a three-and-out and returned a punt to the 13-yard line.  That's all Gantt needed to get her second TD of the game sending Washington in at halftime up 18-0.

The defense started off the second half the way they ended the first, with several tackles for loss and a punt they returned to the Houston 10 yard line.  Gantt once again made sure the Heat felt the fire -- running in her third touchdown of the game, as well as the two-point conversion, to make the score 26-0.  

Safety Keisha "Killa K" Cousar would give the ball back to the offense after intercepting Houston's first pass of the next series.  With 6 minutes left in the quarter, fullback Crystal Boyd got in on the fun, scoring a touchdown after a 15 yard run by Gantt. Rookie wide receiver Natasha Ware pulled in the two-point conversion making the score 34-0.

To end the game, the defense decided they would do a little bit of scoring on their own.  Cornerback Shantel Wilson intercepted a pass with 2:27 on the clock and ran it 46 yards for a touchdown.  Not to be outdone, with less than a minute in the game, returning veteran linebacker Tinoi Jones intercepted a pass and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown as time expired.  

NEXT UP: The Prodigy host the Lady Gators of Hampton Roads in their home opener on April 7th.   CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

 

USWFL Championship vs. Houston wildcats

After more than nine months of hard work, the Prodigy reached their goal of winning a USWFL League Championship, soundly defeating the Western Conference champion Houston Wildcats 44-0. 

The Prodigy received the opening kick and started their first drive on their own 37 yard line.  On third down, the game's Offensive MVP, Running Back Monecho Cousar turned the right side corner and took it to the house, putting Washington up 7-0 after the extra point.

After a four and out, the Prodigy got the ball back but could not punch in another score, giving Houston the ball on their own 7 yard line. Outside Linebacker Ashley "Smoke" Marshall read the run play to perfection and took advantage of a high snap, tackling the Wildcat tailback in the end zone for a safety as time expired in the first quarter.

The Prodigy started the second quarter on the Houston 45 yard line. They marched the ball down the field. On a 4th and one, Quarterback Vicky Lyles completed a 15 yard pass to Tight End Michelle Ta-A to keep the drive alive. Lyles would cap off the drive with another 15 yard completion, this time to Wide Receiver Lindsey Walton for a touchdown. The Prodigy led 16-0 at this point. 

Houston looked to fight back from being down double digits but the Washington defense continued to dominate as Cornerback Shantel "Telly" Wilson intercepted a 20 yard pass with a little over 2:30 minutes to go in the first half. 

Cheri "Lil Mimi" Gantt capitalized on the turnover, taking a 39 yard hand-off to the end zone. 

But that wasn't the end of the scoring, despite the score being 23-0 with under 2 minutes to go in the half.  Safety Keshia Cousar stripped Houston's returner of the ball on the kickoff, bringing the Prodigy offense back on the field at the Wildcats' 25 yard line.

Two long runs and a face-mask penalty put the Prodigy at the 4 yard line and M. Cousar took the opportunity and ran in another touchdown. Send the Eastern Conference champions to the locker room up 30-0 at the half. 

The second half would be more of the same including K. Cousar returning a punt for a 36 yard touchdown, an 8 yard touchdown from M. Cousar and a forced fumble by Linebacker Eby Okonko recovered by Lyles. 

 

 

Game 3 Recap vs. WV Wildfire

Game 3 Recap vs. WV Wildfire

The Prodigy (3-0) took a long trip through the mountains of West Virginia for a rematch against the Wildfire (1-2).  West Virginia promised things would be different from their 67-0 drubbing from the start of the season.

To start the game the Prodigy defense held the Wildfire and they were forced to turn over the ball on downs. The Washington offense, led by running back Cheri "Little Mimi" Gantt scored on their first play from scrimmage, a 29 yard touchdown.

Game 2 Recap vs. Fayetteville Fierce

Game 2 Recap vs. Fayetteville Fierce

Coming off a bye week, the Prodigy (2-0) was eager to get back to what they do best... win. An undersized Fayetteville (0-1) came to Washington with hopes of spoiling that goal but to no avail.

The Prodigy defense picked up where they left off, keeping the opposing team from gaining a first down.  The Fierce attempted to move the chains on 4th down of the opening series but Safety Keshia Cousar shutdown the quarterback for a 12 yard loss. 

Game 1 Recap vs. WV Wildfire

Game 1 Recap vs. WV Wildfire

The Washington Prodigy (1-0) wanted to make a statement to the rest of theUSWFL coming into last Saturday’s home opener against West Virginia (0-1) and boy did they ever, beating the Wildfire 67-0.

The Prodigy defense took the field first and they shut West Virginia down.  The Wildfire barely gained a yard from scrimmage and fumbled twice.  It took the Prodigy offense a bit longer to get rolling but after the defense gave the offense a short field to work with, Fullback Crystal Boyd ran into the end zone with 1:20 remaining the first quarter.