CEDAR PARK – The Rio Grande Valley Cheetahs spoiled the home opener for the Austin Inferno to kickoff the 2015 season for the Ultimate Women’s Football League at SoccerZone Lakeline on Saturday night.
The Cheetahs offense couldn’t be stopped in the 50-14 win over the Inferno.
“I think we could have played our offense a lot better, it was a lot of bad snaps, but we did what we could do on defense, try to get the ball back,” Inferno receiver/defensive end Janelle Guy said.
The Cheetahs raced off to a 19-0 lead after the first quarter using a running attack against the Inferno.
“We were a little shaky in the beginning, but towards the end, defense really picked it up,” Inferno running back/kicker Missy Bourque said.
“I think we did good, we just have some improvement and some work to do, but other than that we made our plays that we were supposed to minus a few little errors that we had, but we did good overall and we got big improvements that’s going to come during season,” Inferno quarterback Alex Robertson said.
The Inferno scored the first touchdown in franchise history in the second quarter, but RGV still led 37-7 at the break.
It was all about defense in the third quarter as the score remained 37-7 going into the fourth quarter.
“We stepped it up, we really brought our A game in the second half,” Bourque said.
“It’s all about execution, knowing our assignments and doing what we are supposed to do on the field and we need to learn that,” Guy said.
Running back Bria White powered her way into the endzone in fourth quarter for the Inferno’s second touchdown of the night, but the Cheetahs wouldn’t allow any more points for the 50-14 final score.
“I thought we played well for our first game, there’s a few fundamentals we need to work on, staying low when we’re running the ball, protecting the ball, working together as a team, communicating, but overall I thought we did well,” Inferno receiver Kathryn Looney said. “I dropped a couple of passes, definitely mad at myself about that, but first game is in the books, we have seven more to go, we’re going to go to the playoffs.”
The first game in franchise history didn’t turn out the way the Inferno wanted, but know the team will come together and bring great competition in the UWF this season.
“We’re a new team and we’re all coming together, this some of our girls’ first time playing so as the season continues to go we will continue to grow together and do better,” Robertson said.
“The camaradarie is there, we just need to communicate better on the field, we have a lot of potential, we’re a brand new team to the league and we have a lot of talent, we’re going to do well,” Looney said.
“I’m very proud, both teams did very well, obviously Austin, it is their first year, for the Cheetahs it was their second year, but the Austin Inferno have a lot of heart, I see them doing really good this year,” UWF owner/president Marc Lucio said.
Lucio added the future looks bright for the UWF, currently in their second season, with two expansion teams in 2015 and hopes to add two more in 2016.
“This is our second year, first year we had four teams, this year we added two more, next year, God willing, we add two more, Dallas and El Paso. Austin is a great market, the people here are awesome. We have great athletes and great coaches. So, we’re expecting great things from Austin,” he said.
The Inferno will now travel to Robstown to take on Corpus Christi for the Divas’ home opener at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 23.
In other games around the UWF Saturday night, defending champions San Antonio Texas Legacy routed the Corpus Christi Divas 86-12 and the Laredo Fantasy defeated the Houston Vanity 52-39.