Utah Falconz blitz Nevada Storm 54-8 in home opener
By BreAnn Hillhouse, For the Deseret News
Published: Thu, April 21, 2016, 11:35 a.m. MDT
MURRAY — It was a windy Saturday afternoon last weekend as the women of the Utah Falconz took the field against the Nevada Storm from Reno in the first of a two-game series.
Yet again the Falconz scored on their first play in a 65-yard run right into the end zone as they defeated the Storm 54-8.
While the credit of successful plays typically go to the ball-carrier, coaches were quick to point out the offensive line’s performance. Head coach Rick Rasmussen said, “I am in love with the O-line right now.”
As the game continued, the effect a line can have on plays was made clear as the Falconz solidly blocked and opened up gaps for runners. “The offensive linewomen are fast and strong, some of the fastest in the league,” center and team co-captain Quinn Wesley said. “That helps us get to secondary people and make plays. I think the knowledge the veterans bring to the team helps the rookies to succeed, and I would stand proud with any of the O-line women by my side.”
Overall, the Falconz offense is a powerhouse of speed and execution. With a total of 437 yards and eight touchdowns, this offense endeavored to display the skill of its roster of athletes.
Of the total, 352 yards were rushing, and 107 were by Veronica Sisqueiros. Abby Buns and Lyndi Prestgard each contributed two rushing touchdowns, while Keeshya Cox and quarterback Louise Bean ran one apiece.
The Falconz collected 85 passing yards between two touchdowns, both thrown by Bean, received by Cox and Sisqueiros.
The Utah Falconz defense had 11 tackles for a loss and 36 tackles, 24 of which were solo. Lorette Cooper had the most tackles with six. Three were solo and two were for a loss of yards.
Additionally, the defense created two forced fumbles, batted the ball down six times and Buns had an interception.
The Falconz kept the Nevada Storm to 113 yards. In the last two minutes of the game, Reno had a touchdown and two-point conversion.
“We are very pleased with our 2-0 start,” line coach Deb Bilbao said. “Reno is a fantastic football team and challenged us on both sides of the ball. Going into our bye week we look to improve our technique and execution on the defensive side of the ball.”
After their bye week, the Falconz hit the road against the Sacramento Sirens on April 30. Fans can get game updates on the Falconz Twitter and Facebook pages. The next home game for Utah is May 14 at 4 p.m. at Cottonwood High School in Murray. Tickets are $10 for ages 11 and up, children 10 and under are free. Tickets for seniors and veterans are $8.