NEW ORLEANS, LA – The Crescent City Kings 2016 season started with a 32-28 loss, to the newly formed Lee County Tiger-Cats. The Kings played perhaps the worst first quarter in franchise history, surrendering 20 unanswered points and committing multiple turnovers. The ineptitude spanned every facet of the game. For a team, with such high expectations and lofty dreams, the Kings looked more like the newcomers to the GDFL and the Ti-Cats played with the poise, of a squad to be respected.
On defense, the opening Ti-Cats drive ended with a Kings defensive back falling on the ground and the result was a Lee County touchdown. The offense’s first possession ended on its first play, QB Max Myers scrambled and fumbled after gaining short yardage, the fumble was returned for another Lee County score. The ensuing kickoff was botched by a Kings up-back and Lee County again had the ball in striking distance. The first quarter of action for the Kings was regrettable and unwatchable at times. After two more Kings turnovers in the first half, Lee County held a commanding 26-0 lead over the defending Impact Conference Champions.
The Kings somewhat righted the ship in the second quarter, when quarterback Jahmad Goff found WR Eben Barra in the end zone for the Kings first score of the season. Goff would finish the game with 3 touchdowns, but also an interception and a fumble to his credit. The Kings played fairly well in the third quarter and the early fourth clawing back to a 32-28 score with 10 minutes remaining. The newly formed Lee County Ti-Cats responded with an 8-minute drive draining the Kings of time and timeouts. the Kings helped the Ti-Cats with two consecutive offside penalties, with the Ti-Cats in 3rd-and-medium situations.
The tale of the game was the lack of fire and execution from the Kings in the first half. The inexplicable turnovers, the dumb penalties, and the overall poor play doomed the 2016 home opener. Head coach Frederick Washington said, “We must correct our woes if we want to be a good team. We have the talent to rebound, but we must eliminate the cancer that killed us tonight.”
The Ticats (1-0) will prepare to host the #3 Louisiana Bayou Vipers, another highly regarded team in the GDFL.
The Kings (0-1) have a week off to regroup and correct some significant issues.