Venom lose season-opener, groom for first home game

from staff reports

   The Tennessee Venom traveled to Asheville this past weekend to open their season against the second-year Asheville Assault.
   Although the outcome of the game was 26-0 in favor of the Assault, the Venom had numerous rookies that now understand that this is full-contact football.
   The Venom had a hard time keeping possession of the ball offensively, turning the ball over on three fumbles.
   Wide receiver standout Bridget Graves was double-teamed, taking that angle away from the Venom.
   "Offensively we struggled, but our offensive line did a great job in allowing time to pass the ball" said Susan Greenway. "They really held their own, we have to execute better on the run in order for our passing game to open up for us."
   Defensively, the Venom worked hard to maintain the inside running attack of the Assault. Two big plays cost the Venom 12 points in long touchdown runs.
   Greenway added: "This game was a learning experience for all of the new rookies on the team, and the defense worked hard. We just have to hold on the ball offensively and execute."
   The Venom play their home opener this Saturday against the Knoxville Summit at Happy Valley High School in Elizabethton. Kickoff is at 7:05 p.m.