Kings Left Searching for Answers After Another Close Loss
HAMMOND, LA – The Crescent City Kings opened the 2016 season as highly touted contenders for the GDFL crown. Their play has yet to live up to the preseason hype despite numerous highly regarded additions and several coaching changes. The Kings fell this weekend against their arch rivals, the Bayou Vipers, 14-8. The win for the Vipers, places them firmly in the driver’s seat of the GDFL. The win also halts a Kings 3-game win streak in the series between the two franchises.The Kings never got on track against the hard hitting Vipers in a good as advertised rivalry game. The offense sputtered early and often plagued by overthrows, drops and turnovers. Quarterback Jahmad Goff managed just 8 completions on 18 attempts, with no touchdowns and one interception. The running game was absent and the Vipers defense held the Kings offense to a mere 50 yards rushing on 18 carries.
The Kings defense fought valiantly holding the Vipers to 122 total yards. The Vipers offense did enough to gain the hard fought victory and serve notice that they are serious contenders for the GDFL title.
In the most pivotal moments the Kings folded. Lamar Johnson fumbled away a red zone possession and a Cherick Williams muffed punt was recovered for a game winning touchdown.
Every game between the two franchises has ended with a win/loss deficit of eight points or less. The Vipers showed more grit, more determination and more hustle than the now 0-2 Kings. The rival Vipers have sent the Kings to the brink of devastation. The long road back will not be easy for the Kings, with a road trip to the Lee County Tiger-cats approaching.
The Kings will now search for answers and try to correct the multitude of mistakes and unforced errors. In two games, the Kings have 10 turnovers, 21 penalties and are averaging less than 50 yards per game rushing.