Prodigy at Pumas

 Running back Cheri "Mimi" Gantt gets great blocks as she breaks through the Pumas defense

Running back Cheri "Mimi" Gantt gets great blocks as she breaks through the Pumas defense

 Defensive End Natasha Ware gets her first of two sacks on the North Florida QB

Defensive End Natasha Ware gets her first of two sacks on the North Florida QB

Washington (5-0) took the more than 700 mile trip south to Jacksonville to take on the North Florida Pumas (3-2). Even with a few key players missing, the Prodigy were able to defeat a tough team, 26-0.

The Prodigy defense set the tone early. On the opening drive, defensive end Natasha Ware sacked the Pumas quarterback for a 8 yard loss on third down forcing a punt. But Washington had a hard time finding a rhythm on offense.  Despite several long runs from running back Cheri "Mimi" Gantt, the Prodigy could not put any points on the board in the first quarter. 

The defense, however, continued to shut down the home team. Ware got her second sack of the game followed by an interception at the 11 yard line by cornerback Ashley Botts. The short field was enough to get the offense going.  Fullback Crystal Boyd led the way scoring a touchdown on her second run of the series to make the score 6-0.

Once again, it was the defense who set up the Prodigy offense. Linebacker Ashley "Smoke" Marshall intercepted a Pumas pass at the 35 yard line. And from there the ground game took over marching the ball to the two yard line. Quarterback Victoria Lyles made the score 12-0 with the QB-sneak.

Washington linebacker Tinoi Jones, once again, brought the Prodigy offense back on the field after she forced and recovered a North Florida fumble at the 22-yard-line. Lyles then sailed a pass to Shantel "Telly" Wilson to put the Prodigy up 18-0 with less than three minutes left in the game. 

North Florida ended the half in possession, but the quarterback was sacked by Prodigy defensive end Benita Rouse.

In the second half, the Prodigy offense once again started slow but towards the end of the third quarter, passes to Keisha Cousar and runs from Gantt set up Washington at the 18 yard line.  On the opening play of the fourth quarter, Gantt ran 18 yards and tip-toed up the sideline for a touchdown. She also ran in the two-point conversion for the final points of the 26-0 game. 

NEXT UP: The Prodigy face the Carolina Queens at home on June 2nd at 7pm. In their first meeting the Prodigy handily beat the Queens 58-0. Get tickets HERE.