Marty Wins UFL Opener

In what sounded very much like a game played by a Marty Schottenheimer team, the Virginia Destroyers won the opening game of the 2011 United Football League season on Thursday night.

They beat the Omaha Nighthawks 23-13 in front of a crowd of 15,836 fans at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.

The Destroyers won with a solid offensive effort, keyed to the running game and a defense that forced three turnovers by Omaha that led directly to nine points for Virginia.

“This was a terrific victory for our football team,” Schottenheimer told the media after the game. “We made enough plays that gave us the opportunity to come out of here with a victory. I was particularly pleased with our ability to run the football on the offensive side.”

As for Marty, he was thrilled to be back on the field doing what he does – coaching football.

“It’s delightful; the essence of it for me is I’m a teacher,” he said. “I love to teach the game of football to these young men.  I get great gratification and satisfaction seeing them use things I didn’t have the skill set to do as a player.  I live vicariously through them and I walk out of here feeling like – Hey, we won this one!”

Omaha actually had the edge in offensive yards at 389-374, but three interceptions and several penalties that wiped out big plays killed the Nighthawks chances of catching the Destroyers.

Northwest Missouri product and now Virginia QB Chris Greisen was 19 of 35 for 167 yards and a TD.

“He is a great leader,” Schottenheimer said of his quarterback.  “He is a very highly respected player – chosen as one of our captains by a vote of the players.  He can make all the throws and plays.”

One Response to “Marty Wins UFL Opener”

  • September 16, 2011  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Good for you Marty! I would like to see him back in the NFL. He’s a pure coach and certainly lifted the Chiefs during his time in KC.

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