Boston Militia Women's Football Staff, Landover, 4/27/2013
The Boston Militia once again met their heated rival in the undefeated DC Divas at the Prince Georges Sporting & Learning Center just below Fed Ex Field in Landover, Maryland on Saturday in what proved to be a hard hitting game between two undefeated teams in the WFA.
DC won the opening coin toss and deferred to the second half. That meant the prepared Militia offense would take the field first in a crucial game for both teams.
Asia Landrum received the opening kickoff and ran the ball back 20 yards, to midfield where the Militia’s offense entered the field. Whitney Zelee and Stacey Tiamfook shared the duties with Zelee opening the drive with a 15 and 9 yard runs and Tiamfook carrying 3 times for 13, 5 and 4 yards and that positioned the ball at the 4 yard line where Zelee blasted into the end zone for a Militia score at the 12:37 mark of the first quarter. The extra point was no good and the Militia lead 6-0.
DC was not to denied on their first offensive possession and marched 53 yards in 8 plays and took a 7-6 lead over Boston with 8:25 showing on the scoreboard clock.
The Landrum again took the kickoff and was stopped after an 8 yard gain and the Militia offense returned to start the next march at the Boston 44 yard line. Once again the Zelee and Tiamfook shared the ball and marched downfield with Allison Cahill hitting Emily Weinberg on a 15 yard pass. Zelee scored on an 8 yard run and scored the 2 point extra point and the Militia went ahead 14-7 late in the quarter.
In the second quarter, the Divas were stopped on downs after 10 plays. The Militia offense was penalized for a facemask that nullified a Cahill to Weinberg 15 yard gain. However, that only got the Militia going and in 7 running plays by Zelee, Donaldson, Cahill and a final blast of 30 yards by Zelee for a TD and the Militia took a 20-7 lead at the 10:47 mark. The PAT was once again no good.
The DC Divas than had a 12 play drive and were stopped by the Militia defense and forced to punt.
Although the Militia moved the ball well on the next series they also were hit with two penalties and missed on 3 pass attempts and were turned the ball over to the Divas. The half ended with the Boston Militia leading 20-7.
The Divas opened the 3rd quarter with a 7 play drive and a TD and with the extra point conversion. The Divas were only down 20-14.
The Militia’s Zelee returned the kickoff 20 yards to the 38 yard line. The running game lead by Zelee and Tiamfook moved the ball to the Divas 14 yard line where Zelee than carried the ball into the end zone. The Militia 2 point conversion attempt was stopped but the Militia now extended the lead to 26-14. With 7:55 to go in the third quarter.
The Divas proved there might and in 5 plays the DC offense bolted into the end zone for a TD and with the PAT good, the Militia lead was cut to 26-21 with 6:00 minutes to go in the quarter.
The Militia took over on their 40 yard line after a 15 yard return by Zelee. With a balanced running attack of Zelee and Tiamfook and a pass from Cahill to Weinberg the ball was now at the Divas 28 yard line from where Zelee scored her third TD of the evening and also score a 2 point conversion and pushed the Militia lead to 34-21.
The back and forth battle continued and it took only 7 plays for the Divas to put a TD of their own on the scoreboard an convert the PAT and close the scoring in the 3rd quarter to 34-28.
The fourth quarter started with the Divas kickoff to the Militia. And yes, Landrum ran the ball back 30 yards to start the offense took over at the 40 yard line. Zelee carried for 20 yards and on the very next play she broke a long run for a 40 yard TD and scored the 2 point conversion and the Boston Militia extended the lead to 42-28.
On the first play from scrimmage following the kickoff, Jennifer Pirog intercepted a Divas pass at the Divas 20 yard line and the Militia offense returned to the field. Tiamfook scored on a 10 yard spurt into the endzone and the also scored the 2 point conversion and the Militia took a commanding lead at 50-28.
The Divas returned added to the scoreboard in three plays and closed the gap to 50-35.
The Militia’s Landrum returned the kickoff 30 yards but the Divas defense held and took over possession.
Molly Goodwin intercepted a Divas pass and the Militia marched into the end zone with Cahill hitting Dorothy Donaldson for a 28 yard pass and run play for the final score of the game and a commanding lead at 56-35.
Zelee carried 26 times for 339 yards on the day and 5touchdowns and 4 2 point conversions.
Tiamfook carried 13 times for 91 yards and two TD and a 2 point conversion.
Donaldson had 3 carries for 16 yards and scored a TD on a pass from Cahill.
Cahill carried 3 times for 23 yards. She passed for 116 yards on7 for 10 in the passing department.
The Boston Militia will travel to the visit the New York Sharks at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, May 4. The kickoff is scheduled for 8 pm.
The National Anthem for this women's football game will be performed by Melanie David. Her love and passion for music would lead Melanie to attend the Boston Arts Academy where she began to hone her music skills. After graduation Melanie relocated to New York to attend Five Towns College. Melanie has graced the stage of the legendary Apollo theatre, where she took home an amateur night win in 2009. Under the tutelage of vocal guru Ankh Ra Amenhetep (MTVs’ Making the band) Melanie truly found herself as an artist. Ankh Ra continues to mentor and mold the young songstress. In the summer of 2010 the singer suffered her greatest loss. Her brother David Martins was murdered on the streets of Boston. Turning her pain into triumph Melanie went to Birmingham, England to record her debut album.
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