Evidently, all the Virginia Destroyers needed was a little time.
Nine days after a disappointing performance in their season opener, the defending
The game marked the Destroyers' first appearance at Sportsplex since Oct. 21, 2011, when the team capped their abbreviated debut season with a 17-3 triumph over Las Vegas in the UFL championship game. An announced standing room-only crowd of 14,172 took in the proceedings, nearly three times Friday night's turnout after an offseason filled with uncertainty regarding the status of the four-year-old league.
Once play commenced Friday, though, the players did their part in winning their fans back. Virginia quarterback
The offensive barrage stood in stark contrast to the tepid performance the Destroyers turned in Sept. 26, when they christened the 2012 season with a 19-6 loss at Las Vegas after a hastily assembled training camp and just five days of practice.
Virginia's defense also got into the act in Friday's first half, producing two turnovers that yielded Destroyers scores. Late in the first quarter, Detroyers linebacker
On the second play of the second quarter, defensive back Aaron Rouse pried the ball free of Sacremento's Mike Ball on a screen pass and Savion Frazier recovered at the Mountain Lions' 15. From there, Greisen needed just one play to find Calvin Russell in the back of the end zone to boost Virginia's advantage to 17.
With less than a minute remaining in the half, Greisen fired a 3-yard TD pass to
The Mountain Lions (0-2) were hampered by the absence of starting quarterback
Greisen tossed another 3-yard TD pass, this time to Huey Whittaker, with 2:58 left in the third quarter to make it 31-7.
The Mountain Lions refused to go away quietly, as
Sacramento kept firing, though, and got a one-yard TD pass from Johnson to