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For a second consecutive week the D.C. Current throttled the New York Rumble, this time at the Eagle’s Nest in Union City, N.J. by a final score of 27-18. There were many standout plays in Saturday’s big win, but here are a few takeaways from the Week 6 contest.
The Current’s D-line had a productive outing once again as they were able to consistently convert turnovers into break points. For a third straight week D.C.’s D-line tallied four or more consecutive break points.
“It’s incredible when you get on a run like that – the momentum just keeps us rolling,” said Ben Flemming. “We see one guy get a big play out there and it’s just a chain reaction; it’s the next point and the next play. And the best thing is it’s not just one guy, it’s everybody. So one guy makes a play and then it’s just a chain reaction, everybody wants to go out there and make a play.”
The first quarter ended with D.C. holding a 4-3 lead, but the game didn’t remain close for long after that point. D.C. scored quickly to start the second quarter on offense and then the squad’s defense caught fire. The D-line scored five-straight break points to give the Current a 10-3 lead, and the squad would outscore New York by a 10-4 margin in the second quarter to blow the game wide open.
“I think we came out a little flat and a little cold,” said Tom Doi. “But our D-line was able to come back and turn up the intensity, and we just have complete faith in them. The D-line came out, turned on the jets and just started generating D’s and converting on their break chances.
After topping the 20-point threshold just once last season, the Current have posted 20 or more on the scoreboard in four of their six contests this season.
On Saturday it was not only the D.C. stars putting up the points, but nearly everyone on the squad contributed. Out of the 25 players who hit the field against the Rumble, 21 recorded at least one point.
Over their six contests this season the Current have had five different players lead the squad in points scored. Peter Prial, Jeff Wodatch, Sean Keegan and Markham Shofner have all paced the offense in points in a contest while Alan Kolick has posted the team high point total in a game twice this season.
The Current’s attack is as balanced and deep as any squad in the MLU, which makes choosing who to focus on for opposing teams a very difficult decision.
“Of course we’re a better team (than last year,) we have better players, we have a better system,” said Shofner. “It’s nice to see us operate. People are fast and I feel like from top to bottom we might be the most athletic team in the league. We’re certainly one of them and when we’re clicking and the field is open and we are playing within ourselves and within the system it’s just a great thing to see.”
After the conclusion of play in Week 6, the Current find themselves holding a two-game lead over the Boston Whitecaps for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. D.C. is undefeated at home and has also scored victories on the road over New York and Philadelphia.
After their lone loss of the season, which came at Boston in Week 3, D.C. has put up consistent performances scoring at least 25 points in each of their last three games. The squad’s success stems from the production they are getting not only from their offense, but also their defense. The Current’s D-line has provided a run of at least four consecutive break points in each of their last three contests.
“There is an expectation of things that they need to do,” said Current Head Coach Keven Moldenhauer. “The phrase we use with them is that we are all hungry. So I don’t have to worry about complacency or how hungry this group is.”