Prodigy vs. Houston Heat


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The undefeated Washington Prodigy (4-0) and the Houston Heat (3-1) met for the second time this season with a similar result as the season kickoff, with the home team taking down the Heat 46-0.

The visitors started their opening drive from the 20-yard-line and despite gaining 20 yards, they were eventually forced to punt. With the short distanced punt, the Prodigy started their offensive assault from the Houston 47-yard-line. Two long plays -- a 36 yard pass to rookie receiver Natasha Ware and a 26 yard run from Cheri "Lil Mimi" Gantt -- set up rookie Danielle Richardson's touchdown run to make the score 6-0 to end the first quarter. 

In the second quarter, the Heat turned the ball over on downs and once again Richardson and Gantt went to work. Gantt finished off the 80-yard drive and with a touchdown and with the extra point, the score stood at 13-0 with less than four minutes left in the half. 

Ware got the ball back, this time on defense, recovering a Houston fumble at the 13 yard line. Another rookie, tight-end Tierra Hawkins, took advantage of the turnover as she caught a 5 yard touchdown from quarterback Christina Tsu. Washington would head into the locker room up 19-0 at the half. 

After the half, the Prodigy opening offensive drive started on the 30-yard-line. Tsu hit Shantel Wilson on a 25 yard pass and with the yards after the catch, the home team was set up nicely on the Houston 40-yard-line. A penalty and a 19 yard run from Gantt set up a pass to Sarah "Cheetah" Musse. The score stood at 26-0 with the extra point. 

Another turnover from Houston -- a bad snap recovered by defensive lineman Benita Rouse -- set up another Prodigy touchdown from Richardson. The 8-yard-touchdown run put the score at 32-0 with 4:32 left to go in the third quarter. 

In a fit of deja-vu, Houston turned the ball over again, this time the fumble was recovered by defensive end Tinoi Jones. But the offensive series was short-lived, as a Prodigy pass was intercepted by Houston and returned to the 43-yard-line. With 55 seconds, the Heat hoped they could put some points on the board, but the Washington defense were determined to keep their shutout.  After a high snap from Houston, defensive lineman Faith Rogers scooped up the loose ball and took it 28 yards for a touchdown, bringing the score to 39-0 with the extra point. 

In the fourth quarter the Prodigy defense stood strong against a Houston air attack and forced a turnover on downs at the Washington 25-yard-line. Gantt then put an exclamation point on the game, taking the handoff 75 yards through the Houston defense for a touchdown, the last score of the game. 

NEXT UP: The Prodigy take their longest trip of the season down south to take on the North Florida Pumas (3-1) on May 19th.