Valkyries continue dominance in season opener
Saskatoon stomps rivals from Regina
Valkyries 36, Riot 6
The Saskatoon Valkyries 2012 campaign got off on the right foot Sunday with a convincing 36-6 win over provincial rivals the Regina Riot at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon.
The Valkyries have a lot to live up to after completely dominating all of their Western Women's Canadian Football League opponents last season.
Regina was able to advance the ball throughout the game, but timely Saskatoon defence stopped the Riot from keeping it close.
"The effort was awesome. We had a few execution errors, but with so many new players having their first experience, they're just so gung-ho and happy to be on the field," said Jeff Yausie, head coach of the Valkyries.
One of the questions facing the team was how their offence would fare without running back Julie Paetsch, who ran all over opponents last year but is stuck on the sidelines with a knee injury. The answer came midway through the first quarter when new starter Julie David took a pitch from Valkyries quarterback Candace Bloomquist and ran it 53 yards for Saskatoon's first touchdown of the season.
David went on to rush for 185 yards on 16 carries, including another long touchdown in the second half from 40 yards out.
"I had some good runs, but obviously that came from the O-line making great holes for me and the slotbacks making big blocks," she said. Read More...