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WOMEN'S FOOTBALL EXPANSION TEAM DEADLINE
Nashville, TN - The National Women's Football Association has announced August 1, 2007 as the deadline for expansion team applications. All potential teams wishing to join the NWFA for the 2008 season must have completed their ownership applications and have all fees paid by the above date.
The NWFA is looking at the following markets for expansion: Jacksonville (FL), Kansas City (MO), Omaha (NE), New York (NY), San Francisco (CA), Lubbock (TX), Augusta (GA), Memphis (TN), Las Vegas (NV), Birmingham (AL), Little Rock (AR), Baton Rouge (LA), Alexandria (VA), Albuquerque (NM), Naples (FL), Vero Beach (FL), Santa Barbara (CA), San Diego (CA), Peoria (IL) and San Antonio (TX).
"We've had quite a few calls regarding some of these markets and in order to get any of these teams set up and organized for the 2008 schedule, we have to get them in now," states league CEO, Catherine Masters.
The NWFA has teams for sale in Dallas, TX. and Charleston, WV. Potential team owners should contact the NWFA at (615) 860-4084 for the owner's application.
June 9th Results
The Cleveland Fusion won over the Burn. The Illusion beat the Spitfire. The Passion beat the Phoenix. The Mutiny clinches Northern Division. The Slam won over the Sizzle. The Comets win over the Karma. The Locomotion beat the Barracudas and wins the Central Division of the Southern Conference. The OKC Lightning beat the Dream. The Flash won over the Momentum. The Blaze and the Herricanes had a great game in spite of the weather with the Blaze winning. In the upset game of the night the Outlaws beat the Power! Out west the Breakers beat the Attack. For Stats information visit WebGameStats.com/NWFA.aspx
Dayton Diamonds Announce Head Coach
The Dayton Diamonds Women's Football team has announced the hiring of their new head coach.
Hubert "Bugs" Mabes III brings many years of playing experience as well as coaching experience to the Diamonds. Coach Mabes played 4 years grammar school football, 4 years high school football, 4 years college football and 3 years Semi professional football for the Dayton Steelers. His coaching experience includes over 4 years of coaching youth football as well as an assistant coach for the Dayton Steelers semi professional team for 3 years.
Coach Mabes is married and a father of two sons. He enjoys football, coaching football, weightlifting, fishing, and hunting and spending quality time with his family.
Diamonds Hosting Tryouts
Tryouts for the Diamonds will be held on: June 16, 23, &30. For tryout info, please email CoachMabes@woh.rr.com
From The Teams:
Lightning Crush Nashville
by Patrick B. McGuigan
Taft Stadium, OKC, OK – Iliana Calderon had another spectacular performance for Oklahoma City, scoring five touchdowns to lead the undefeated Lightning to a crushing 59-0 victory in National Women's Football Association action Saturday. For the second year in a row, the Lightning have clinched the NWFA Southwestern Division championship.
Several other Lightning Ladies also performed superbly, including quarterback Tammy Raiber, runner Lisa Rorick, fullback/defender Tanika “T.J.” Goss and rookie defender Maeisha Pennen.
For the Lightning, the route to Nashville and next month's championship game was through the Nashville Dream. Their dominant victory clinched a first-round playoff spot for the Lightning, a game that will be played Saturday evening, June 23rd at historic Taft Stadium in the MidCity.
The Lightning dominated throughout, with the defense shutting down the first Dream drive, gaining possession for the home team at the Nashville 45. At the 28 yard line with 8:56 left in the first quarter, Calderon, dubbed “E” by loyal Lightning fans, started left after a pitchout from Raiber. Seeing a cloud of Dream defenders before her, Calderon shook free from one who had grabbed her by the jersey. Reversing field, “E” worked her way to the far right side of the field, picking up a convoy of Lightning blockers and racing into the end zone.
Calderon's final score was similar, with a 21-yard weaving run that could have been a replay of that first touchdown jaunt. The final point-after made the score 59-0. In between, Calderon scored on runs of 14, 3 and 3 yards. “E” proved her physical toughness on the two short runs, barreling through Dream defenders to reach the goal line.
The tandem of Raiber and Rorick was extremely effective, combining for several long gainers and a pair of touchdowns. Two of the most multitalented players in women's football, Raiber is also deep-snapper for the team, while Rorick puts the ball in place for points after touchdown. Raiber, in her fourth season, has a bloc of personal fans who wear jerseys labeled “Tammy's Groupies.”
Goss, customarily a blocker for Calderon as fullback, had several long-gainers of her own, including runs of 8 and 18 yards in one impressive drive.
Defensive heroics for OKC came from Shannon “Shay” Ford and Maeisha Pennon. Kicker Lacey Schultz was a solid presence for the kicking game. She put through five of nine extra-point attempts. One kick was blocked, another was narrowly wide right and only two were struck poorly. On kickoffs, Schultz kept the Dream pinned deep, including one boot that sailed to the back of the end zone for a touch back to prevent a return.
Nashville was overwhelmed in every category, although Quarterback Lori Roberson was an occasional weapon for the visitors. She frequently put throws on the right mark, but a sea of Oklahoma City defenders usually broke up the good passes.
Although they showed some sparks earlier, Nashville's players saved their best offensive efforts for late. Midway through the fourth quarter, an inadvertent facemask penalty on Oklahoma City gave the Dream a first down near midfield. The Lightning defense stiffened for three plays, forcing fourth and 14. But, Roberson found receiver Mikell Lucas on a great pass across the middle to keep hope alive for the visitors. Roberson and her tandem of tiny backs then ripped off some good runs.
But with 5:34 left, Lightning defender Alisha Pennington intercepted a pass across the middle, returning it from her home team's 30 to the visitors' 42. Pennington's deft theft ended the only sustained Nashville drive of the game.
Outstanding performances have built for the Lightning a faithful MidCity fan base of several hundred patrons. Saturday, despite the lopsided score, the crowd stayed enthusiastic thanks in part to a group of 11 young cheerleaders. Dressed in the green, white and gold of the Lightning, the girls raced up and down the track in front of the west stands, raising the crowd's response repeatedly. The noise level rose in the second half as IBC Bank “bam-bam” sticks were distributed to augment verbal cheers.
The Lady Lightning finish their regular season this coming Saturday, June 16th with a trip to St. Louis to face the Slam. Playoffs start with the Saturday, June 23rd, 7:05 p.m. first round game at Taft Stadium on May Ave.
Team officials are encouraging a good crowd on June 23rd to get the team started on the right foot as they seek a ticket to the national championship game in Nashville on July 21st. Last year, the OKC Lightning won the Southwest Division, the Southern Conference and ended up NWFA League Runners-up against the D.C. Divas in the 2006 NWFA National Championship in Pittsburgh, PA, closing the season with a 10-1 record. Oklahoma City's only loss came in that title contest in Pittsburgh.
For information on the OKC Lightning, please visit OkcLightning.com or call (405) 760-1406
Cleveland Fusion 39, Baltimore Burn 0
Once again mixing up the offense between the two quarterbacks and both passing and rushing patterns, the Fusion triumphed over the visiting Baltimore Burn 39-0, Saturday night at Bedford Bearcat Stadium. The win confirmed the Fusion's placement in the Conference Playoffs, although exact seeding won't be determined until after the final regular game of the season, to be played this coming Saturday, June 16 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Fusion will play the Western Division leading West Michigan Mayhem: kickoff is at 7:05 pm.
Starting quarterback Mary Deitrick completed 4 of her 12 attempts for 60 yards, but two of those completions were for touchdowns. With less than two minutes remaining in the first half, she hit Shauna Nevel on a three-yarder, and again in the fourth quarter, they connected on an 11-yard pass for the final score of the evening. Nevel had 4 catches for 48 yards total, while Shannon Anderson had 5 receptions for 66 yards.
Martina Latessa put up the first points at 6:08 of the opening quarter on a 7 yard run, and followed that with a two point rushing conversion. Her second TD came late in the third quarter on a 3 yard run. Latessa carried 11 times for 98 yards total. Stefanie Russo, making her kicking debut in the game, was successful on this fourth point-after attempt; the score was 33-0.
Running back Erica Ware took charge early in the second quarter gaining 79 yards on 11 plays, a scoring on a 9 yard run some four minutes later. For the quarter, she totaled 101 yards, with 124 overall on 14 carries for the game. Danielle Lurry scored the other TD early in the second half on a 3 yard run.
For the defense, Jen Ryba and Veronica Rucker had 5 solo tackles and 5 assists - each. Stephanie Balochko had 2 and 6. Russo followed with 3 and 3, plus half a sack, (Denise Drish-Garrett had the other half) while Tracy Nickerson had one assist and one sack. Peru Barber and Dina Newsom each had an interception, while Marie Spencer and Jackie Tadych each forced a Baltimore fumble.
There were several promising plays called back-for each team-because of penalties, primarily face mask or holding. Burn quarterback Sabrina Thomas had been sacked in the third quarter, but when it happened again near the end of the game, her team apparently took exception to the referee's ruling. A melée began, at which point the officials ended the game, with the final score 39-0, in favor of the Fusion.
June 16, the Fusion (5-2) will travel to Kalamazoo for a game against the West Michigan Mayhem (6-1). Kick off is at 7:05 pm. For tickets or information, go to: ClevelandFusion.com or call 419.271.4278. -- Kelly Ferjutz --Staff Writer -- Cleveland Fusion
PASSION NOW 7-0!
The P's were plentiful on Saturday night as the Pittsburgh Passion pounded the Philadelphia Phoenix, 40-0. The Passion now stands at 7-0 and in first place of the Central Division in the Northern Conference of the National Women's Football Association. Pittsburgh took the opening kick and marched 57 yards down the field for the opening score. QB Lisa Horton found Jen Moody in the end zone for a 21 yard score. Christy Laudadio tacked on the extra point and the Passion had a 7-0 lead. After holding the Phoenix without a first down, another 60 yard drive was ended with a 5 yard run by Torina Henley. As the 2nd quarter began, Pittsburgh took the ball 76 yards down the field with Lisa Horton calling her own number and giving the Passion a 20-0 lead. Lyndsi Hughes rounded out the first half scoring with a 6 yard touchdown run and Pittsburgh had a 27-0 lead heading into half-time, as Philadelphia was still searching for a first down. Torina Henley and Lyndsi Hughes each added a 2nd touchdown in the 3rd quarter to round out the scoring for the Passion.
The Passion defense clamped down and held Philadelphia to just two-first downs and 60 yards of total offense. Ava Nickens led the defense with 7 tackles, a forced fumble, and two sacks. Michelle Brevard-Wilkerson also helped lead the way with 7 tackles. Olivia Griswold and JoJo Warner each figured in on 5 tackles. Another solid game was put in by the Passion kickers. Eden Pleva had 7 kickoffs that traveled 266 yards, while Cristy Laudadio went 4 for 6 on the extra point attempts. The Passion finishes out the regular season this Saturday at home against the Central PA Vipers. This will not be the final home game this season for the Passion who has clinched at least a share of the Central Division title. Pittsburgh will host a first round playoff game on Saturday, June 23rd against the Erie Illusion at 7:00pm.
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