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.