By BreAnn Hillhouse
For the Deseret News
PHOENIX, Arizona — The Utah Falzonz women's football team began the season April 8, with a 57-0 victory against a powerhouse team, the Phoenix Phantomz.
Utah is coming off an undefeated 2016 season, which ended in a convincing 49-6 triumph to claim the Independent Women's Football League championship title. Prior to the Phoenix game, defensive coordinator Jody Thompson told the team to set the tone for another championship season.
"We now have a target on our back, and all of our opponents will view us as their championship game," she said. "We need to set the tone up front with the kind of effort we play with, how we compete, and how we play disciplined football. If we set this tone up front, our season will take care of itself."
The Falconz hit the field hard, continuing their tradition of scoring early and often. Eleven athletes put points on the board throughout the game.
Utah collected 141 passing yards, with passing touchdowns completed by Lexie Floor, Andrea Chilton, Sara Galica and Elizabeth Lane, three of which were thrown by quarterback Louise Bean, and one by Lane. Utah amassed 282 rushing yards, with rushing touchdowns by Veronica Siqueiros, Keeshya Cox, Tasha Aiono and Jessie Beck.
Emmy Raney kicked one extra point, and Hanna Seumanu, Cox and Siqueiros carried out three 2-point conversions.
Defense added to the scoreboard, with a safety by Lyndi Prestgard. Maggie McGrath and Prestgard had three sacks, and Desa-Rae Robertson and Camille Brimhall had a combined sack. There were six tackles for a loss by Lorette Cooper, Seumanu, Danielle Musick, and Jordan Willis with the combined efforts of Trina Aiono, Kelly Colobella and Renica Iese.
Additionally, Utah had two interceptions, by Willis and Floor. In total, the Falconz defense allowed 26 yards.
The home opener is April 15 at 3 p.m. at Cottonwood High School in Murray. Tickets are $10 for ages 11 and up, and free for kids 10 and under. Senior and veteran tickets are $8.
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