Boston Militia Staff, Bedford, TX, July 30, 2011
Game MVP: Whitney Zelee
Conference Offensive Player of the Year: Allison Cahill
Conference Coach of the Year: Coach Derrick Beasley
The setting was great: The 12,000 seat Pennington High School Stadium in Bedford, Texas. Temperatures were in the high nineties and the field temperature at game time was well over 100 degrees. The Women's Football Alliance stage was set for a match-up between the American Conference Champions, the 11-0 San Diego Surge, and the National Conference Champions, the 10-1 Boston Militia, with the winner to take home the Women's Football Alliance National Championship trophy.
The Surge won the opening toss and immediately set the tone with their passing attack but was stopped by the strong Militia defensive line and linebacker core. The Surge turned the ball over on downs to the Militia at the Militia 40 yard line.
The Boston Militia was unable to move the ball.
The San Diego team controlled the ball for the next 12 plays, mixing a strong running and passing game that saw the Surge score on a 50 sweep which was nullified by a holding penalty. The Militia held the Surge on the next 4 plays and took over on downs at the 45 yard line. However, the Militia fumbled on the first play from scrimmage and the Surge pounced on the ball at the 46 yard line.
The San Diego team proceeded to drive into the Militia on 2 runs picking up 27 yards, a pass interference penalty on the Militia, and 15 yard pass competition for the first score of the game with just 13 seconds left in the first quarter. Boston's Brianna Gallo blocked the extra-point kick, and the Surge jumped in front: 6-0.
The Militia offense started at their own 33 yard line with the kick off. They proceeded to install their own mark on this game with Stacey Tiamfook and Dorothy Donaldson pounding the ball into the Surge defense. On the 8th play of the drive, Allison Cahill hit Adrienne Smith on a 24 yard reception, and the first Boston Militia touchdown, to tie the score at 6-6. Rookie Danielle Resha split the uprights and the Militia took the lead with 12:04 in the second quarter with the score at 7-6.
On the next offensive series for the Surge, San Diego team was able to maintain a 12-play drive.
Chante Bonds stopped the Surge's drive with an interception and 11 yard return to the Militia 26 yard line with 5:42 on the clock in the second quarter.
In the next three minutes, the Boston Militia offense marched down field scored on a 3 yard run by Whitney Zelee. With Resha's extra point kick, the Militia shocked the Surge with a 14-6 lead with 2:44 remaining in the second quarter.
The Militia defense stopped the Surge offense and San Diego decided to go for a first down at their own 14 yard line. They were stopped by a defensive pass tip by the Militia's Bonds and the Boston offense took over the ball. The Militia scored on a 12 yard pass from Cahill to Zelee. The extra point attempt was blocked and the Militia took a 20-6 lead with 48 seconds in the first half.
The kick off saw some excitement as the Militia dropped a high kick along the sidelines and recovered it, then moved the ball to the Surge 22 yard line with 2 seconds on the clock. Ashley Snyder tried a 32 yard field goal, but was a foot short of the cross bar. The first half was over with the Boston Militia enjoying the lead at 20-6.
The third quarter opened with Zelee taking the kick off, and returning it 42 yards to Surge 47 yard line.
Behind some outstanding line blocking, the Militia offense put together a 6 play drive capped off by Cahill to Emily Weinberg 16 yard pass for a touchdown. Snyder's extra point kick put the Boston team up by a surprising 27-6 score.
San Diego showed their offensive might, and in three plays scored a touchdown on a 30 yard pass from Melissa Gallegos to Jessica Javelet. With the extra point, the Militia's lead was cut to 27-13.
The Militia was forced to punt on the next series after 7 plays, and the powerful Surge offense took over the ball at their own 30 yard line. The Surge was pushed backwards by a 15 yard penalty, and once again attempted to go for the first down with 4th and 20 at their own 18 yard line. The pass was tipped by Bonds, and the Militia took over on downs.
It took 4 plays for the Militia to cross the Surge goal line behind Sade Williams who cleared out the left side and allowed Zelee into the end zone. Snyder's extra point was good , and the Militia held the lead at 34 - 13 with 4:09 in the third quarter.
The Surge drove down deep into the Militia end of the field, only to be stopped by a pass interception at the goal line by Molly Goodwin. Goodwin returned the ball out to the 5 yard line.
The San Diego defense stopped the Militia on 5 plays and forced a Boston punt.
The Surge offense put together a 10 play drive again, only to turn the ball over on downs at the Militia 25 yard line.
The Militia had a pass intercepted on the first play of this series, and the Surge took over at the Militia 19 yard line with 10:24 in the fourth quarter.
It took the San Diego team 3 plays to score. The extra point kick was blocked, and the Militia lead was cut to 34-19 with 9:55 showing on the clock.
On the next series, the Militia offense was again forced to punt with 8:37 on the clock after committing another illegal procedure penalty and unable to move the ball.
The Surge put together a strong 12 play drive, and was stopped on 4th and goal at the Militia 7 yard line. Now the Militia had the ball with 5:22 on the game clock.
The Militia entire offense stepped up and, behind a strong offensive, line ran 8 plays from scrimmage. The Militia gained 85 yards on the ground, and ran out the clock with the final score of 34-19.
The Boston Militia are the 2011 Women's Football Alliance National Champions!
In the past two years, the Boston Militia has won back-to-back championships with the 2011 Women's Football Alliance National Championship and the IWFL World Championship in 2010.
Allison Cahill was 8 -13 with one interception and 106 yards and 2 TDs.
Defensive leaders were: Jessica Penta with 11 tackles and 2 for losses. Jennifer Olivieri with 6 tackles, one loss and one sack. Chante Bonds had one interception and 2 tipped passes. Molly Goodwin had 5 tackles.
The Most Valuable Player of the game was Boston's Whitney Zelee.
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