UFL Week 1 Recap: Hartford Colonials Defeat Sacramento Mountain Lions

Pedro GonzalezContributor ISeptember 20, 2010

ORLANDO, FL - OCTOBER 22:  UFL signage during the game between the California Redwoods and the Florida Tuskers at the Florida Citrus Bowl on October 22, 2009 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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This was a great opening weekend for the UFL's sophomore season.

First it was a matchup between the recently relocated and renamed Hartford Colonials and the Sacramento Mountain Lions. Later in the day, the Las Vegas Locos played the Florida Tuskers in a rematch of last year's championship occurred.

The UFL promised high-quality football, and while it is not on the NFL's level, it didn't disappoint.

Let's start in Hartford.


Sacramento Mountain Lions (20) at Hartford Colonials (27) 

Both teams were eager to show their new cities what they were made of, but sadly it looks like the Mountain Lions have a long way to go.

The running back corps led Hartford's offense; Andre Dixon ran for 94 yards on 21 attempts while the rest of the team had 86 yards on the ground. Quarterback Josh McCown threw three touchdowns and had 265 passing yards, and wideout Jason Cherry caught two passes for 103 yards receiving and a TD.

It looked like Sacramento head coach Dennis Green didn't know how to stop the Colonials' offense or how to start his, because the Mountain Lions didn't score until the fourth quarter and both their defense and offense seemed lost.

Sacramento QB Daunte Culpepper was largely ineffective, going 21-for-40 and throwing for 174 yards. Right now the Mountain Lions are a mess and they have a much tougher competition ahead of them, so this might be a long season.

Hartford won because of its defense and because they ran the ball until Sacramento left the wideouts open.

I'll post the Las Vegas-Florida game recap later. Stay tuned.

This article courtesy of Sports Haze.