Prodigy at 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. 

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