Boston Militia Staff, Somerville, MA, 7/7/2012
The Boston Militia and the DC Divas met for the third time this season in what was expected to be a bruising battle between two very strong and powerful teams. Both teams performed to the highest level and the Boston Militia once again proved why they are the defending WFA Champions with an outstanding performance winning by a score of 55-34.
The game opened with the Divas winning the coin toss. The Militia forced the Divas to punt after six plays. The Militia offense were moving the ball in its first possession but were stopped by a pass interception. However, the Militia defense stopped the Divas with sack by Raxan English on fourth down.
The Militia then proceeded to march into the Divas end zone in five plays covering 50 yards capped off by a 13 yard run by Stacey Tiamfook. Ashley Snyder kicked her first of 7 extra points for the day and the Militia would take the lead at 7-0 in the first quarter. The Militia led throughout the day.
Tiamfook led the Militia attack with 19 carries for 193 yards, had two pass receptions yards for 15 and had a total of 208 all purpose yards for the day. She scored four touchdowns on runs of 13, 7, 4 and 27 yards.
Whitney Zelee scored her first of two TD’s for the day on a 52 blast. Zelee gained 100 yards on the day on 12 carries and scored another TD in the fourth quarter on an 11 yard run.
Adrienne Smith caught an Allison Cahill pass and outran the defenders for a 60 yard pass-run completion for a TD to close out the Militia scoring in the first half as the Militia led by a score of 21-13 at halftime.
The third quarter saw the Militia’s Tiamfook scoring on runs of 8 and 4 yards and Cahill breaking loose for a 23 yard scamper. Snyder connected on 2 of 3 extra points. The Divas did keep the game very interesting by scoring two TD’s of their own but Boston widened its lead to 41 to 27 after 3 quarters.
The Militia continued to overwhelm the Divas in the fourth quarter with TD’s by Zelee of 34 yards and Tiamfook of 26 yards while the Militia defense held the Divas to one TD. The Boston Militia closed out the game with a huge 55-34 victory.
The Militia offensive line, once again, was outstanding in allowing the offensive backs to gain 375 yards on 44 carries.
Cahill was 6-10 in the passing department with one TD and one interception while throwing for 122 yards.
The Boston Militia Defense kept the Divas off balance and under pressure the entire day. Jessica Penta led the defensive unit with 14 tackles, three for losses and two for sacks. Briannah Gallo had 8 tackles and one pass deflection. Jay Hodge had 7 tackles, 5 for losses and 2 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Jennifer Olivieri and Amy Saur each had 6 tackles and two pass deflections.
Other pass deflections for the Militia were posted by Powell and Guen.
Raxan English, one sack and two tackles, and Sade Williams were two key contributors for the Militia defense the entire game as they constantly made defensive penetration into the Divas backfield and kept the pressure on the Divas QB.
The Boston Militia will now travel to Chicago to play the undefeated Force in the battle of two 10-0 teams on Saturday, July 21 for the National Conference Championship. Kickoff is slated for 7pm CST.
The winner of National Conference Championship game will play in the Women’s Football Alliance National Championship Game against the American Conference winner of the Dallas and San Diego game also scheduled for July 21.
The WFA National Championship game is slated to be played at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA on August 4.
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