2019 Season opener: Prodigy vs. Assault

Washington (1-0) kicked off the 2019 season -- and the quest for a historic third USWFL Championship against a familiar foe, the Keystone Assault (0-1).  But unlike previous encounters with the Pennsylvania team, the Prodigy came out on top, winning 43-0.

Prodigy's defense set the tone early with a opening play sack from Antoinette Bell and a tackle for loss by team captain Shantel Wilson and rookie Ace Walker. But the offense could not turn great field position into points, as they fumbled the handoff on Keystone 5-yard-line. 

So the defense took scoring into their own hands. Defensive End Tasha Ware came up with a safety to put Washington up 2-0 with about 5 minutes left in the first quarter. That was enough to inspire the offense to get some points of their own. 

The talented backfield of Cher "Mimi" Gantt and Shantae "Tank" Barnes marched it down the field to the Keystone 20 where Mimi ran it in for the score. With the extra point the score was 9-0.

After a three and out by the visiting team, more Prodigy offensive backs wanted to get in on the run. Tank, Mimi along with fullback Crystal Boyd and running back Tierra McCormick marched the ball back down the field for Tank to run it in with a minute to go in the half. After a missed extra point, the Prodigy headed into the locker room with  15-0 lead. 

In the second half, it was the Tank show, as Barnes scored again for the home team, making the score 22 - 0 with the extra point. 

The visiting team was forced to punt on their opening series of the half, and veteran safety Keshia Cousar took that punt to the house, bringing the home team up 29-0 with the extra point. 

However, Keystone fought back, completing a 40 yard pass on their second offensive series. Coupled with two Prodigy penalties, the Assault were looking at first and 10 from the Prodigy 10 yard-line. But the bend-dont-break defense of Washington was able to keep the visitors out of the end zone, with Ware intercepting an Assault pass and returning it 15 yards the other way. 

In the final quarter of the game, the 2018 league Offensive MVP, Gantt scored a 27-yard touchdown and once again Tank punched in a touchdown from the one-yard-line for a final score of 43-0. 

NEXT UP: The Prodigy face new cross-town rival DMV Lady Knights at home on April 6 at 7pm. Get tickets HERE.