Saturday, June 19, 2021

Martin's three-touchdown performance sparks "home-opening" victory for Rebellion

DEL MAR HEIGHTS - In their first home game played in San Diego County this season, Knengi Martin scrambled for three touchdowns to lead the San Diego Rebellion (5-0) to a 28-6 win over the visiting Las Vegas Silver Stars (4-2).

On their opening drive, the Silver Stars were threatening to draw first blood, until Ashlee Austin-Bean's picked off Shawnee Phillips' pass in the end zone on fourth down.

That would eventually set-up an 80-yard drive that ended with Martin's first touchdown run of the game, giving the Rebellion an early 7-0 lead.

In the second quarter, following both teams exchanging punts, Phillips' pass was intercepted again by Taranisha Taylor. On the following play from scrimmage, Martin was picked off by Denajha Kie, who would go on to score on a touchdown pass from Phillips. The 20-yard connection ended San Diego's scoreless streak at 12 quarters. A blocked extra point kept the Rebellion leading 7-6.

Set up by a 50-yard kickoff return by Adriana Gutierrez, San Diego answered with a 32-yard touchdown run by Martin, increasing the lead to 14-6 at halftime.

The second half kicked off with another big play from Taylor, this time a 70-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to increase San Diego's lead to 20-6.

In the fourth quarter, Martin took off for her third and final score of the game to seal the Rebellion's fifth win of the season. Next week they will close out the regular season at Westview High School for their first-ever meeting with the Oregon Ravens.

Impact Rebellion

Knengi Martin
3 Touchdown Runs

Taranisha Taylor
1 Interception
70-yard Kickoff Return Touchdown

Impact Silver Stars

Denajha Kie
2 Interceptions
20-yard Touchdown Catch

Shawnee Phillips
20-yard Touchdown Pass

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