June 11, 2011
Boston Militia Staff, June 11, 2011
In the final game of the regular season for the women's football team, Boston Militia, the undefeated D.C. Divas invaded the Dilboy Stadium and in a very physical and well played game were beaten by the Boston Militia by a score of 27-16.
The Divas won the opening coin toss and gained a first down on the second play of the game but were stopped by a strong defense lead by Vicky Eddy, Jenny Olivieri and Molly Goodwin and were forced to punt. The Militia ran two plays from scrimmage and gain 12 yards for a first down. On the next play, Allison Cahill hit Adrienne Smith on a 42 yard TD pass and Ashley Snyder kicked the extra point and the Militia reset the scoreboard at the 9:34 mark of the first quarter with a 7-0 lead.
The Divas answered the score with a field goal with 1:25 showing in the quarter and the Militia lead was cut to 7-3.
On the next series, the Militia, mixed the running and passing game to march 58 yards and scored on a Dorothy Donaldson 1 yard plunge for a TD. Snyder's extra point kick was blocked and the Militia lead was 13-3 with 8:26 on the scoreboard clock.
The Divas answered the Militia score with a 12 play scoring drive with 8 running and passing 4 plays. The Boston Militia were holding a slim lead at 13-10.
With little time left in the first half, the Militia shocked the Divas with a flea flicker pass from Smith to Bonds for a 35 yard gain. And with 49 seconds on the clock, Cahill hit Ginger Snow for a 20 yard touchdown and the Militia closed out the scoring in the first half with Snyder's extra point kick and a 20-10 half time lead.
In the first series of the third quarter, the Militia were stopped and forced to punt. The Divas than put on a strong march downfield and on the ninth play from scrimmage the Militia's Vicky Eddy forced a fumble after a Diva pass reception and Jennifer Powell recovered the football with 6:58 to go in the third quarter.
Cahill hit than threw a perfect pass to Smith of 60 yards and the Militia had the ball the ball at the Divas 8 yard line with first and goal. The Divas were than flagged for off sides. Tiamfook gained a yard and Donaldson powered her way into the endzone behind a strong offensive line surge and a Militia TD. Snyder's kick was good and with 3:17 on the scoreboard the Militia held a 27-10 lead.
Boston's defense held the Divas on the next series and Militia closed out the 3rd quarter with a 27-10 lead.
With 10:32 to go in the fourth quarter the Divas scored a TD. The extra point was blocked by Jessica Penta and the score was 27-16 in favor of the Boston Militia.
On the next two series the Militia was held and was forced to punt. The Militia defense held the Divas and forced the Divas to punt.
The Boston Militia offense final drive of the game was stymied on a controversial deep pass that saw contact between the Divas defensive coverage and the Militia receiver and the flags flew. However, after a conference by the referees, the pass was ruled "uncatchable" and the crowed expressed their displeasure in the call. The Divas took over and ran 3 plays before the clock registered 0:00 and the Boston Militia walked off the field with an impressive 27-16 win.
The offense was lead by Allison Cahill on 8-11 passing and 188 yards. Adrienne Smith had four receptions for 142 yards and one TD. Stacey Tiamfook carried the all 8 times for 36 yards. Dorothy Donaldson scored two TD's and Ashley Snyder kicked 3 extra points.
Chante Bonds lead the Boston Militia defense with 10 tackles followed by Alicia Harris with 7, Vicky Eddy with 6 and Jay Hodge and Jessica Penta with 5 each.
The Boston Militia completed its regular season with a 7-1 record. The D.C. Divas, 6-1, have one game remaining against the 4-2 New York Sharks next weekend and need to win this game to lock in home field advantage against the Militia.
The Boston Militia are the Women's Football Alliance National Conference North Division Champions and are schedule to meet the N.C. Northeast Division Champion Divas on June 25 at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, MD in the first game of the 2011 Women's Football Alliance Playoffs.
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