CONTACT: DEBBY LENING
May 19th Results
The Mass Mutiny continues its winning ways beating the Ravens. The Burn and the Phoenix had one heck of a battle with the Burn coming out the winner in OVERTIME! The Mayhem and the Flash had a great game with the Mayhem winning in a close game. In another nail-bitter, the Sizzle fell to the Karma in the last minutes of the game. The Crush crushed the Freeze. The Spitfire and the Momentum had a great battle with Spitfire WR, Leiani Russell scoring 4 TD's on her birthday! The Power beat the Herricanes but the Herricanes managed to put some points on the board. The Blaze beat the Barracudas. The OKC Lightning kept it's perfect record perfect with a win over the Dream.
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From the Teams:
Blaze Dominating in Win
over Emerald Coast
Panama City, FL - The New Orleans Blaze used all aspects of its offense to score a dominating win over the Emerald Coast Barracudas on Saturday night, 55-6. Highlighting the scoring blitz were the receiving corps in racking up 309 yards of offense. Not to be outdone, the defense once again came within a touchdown of scoring a shutout and continued their outstanding season play. The matchup of South Division teams in the National Women's Football Association's (NWFA) Southern Conference was the second meeting between the two this year with New Orleans winning both and moving over .500 for the first time this season at 3-2. The New Orleans Blaze will be off next week with a bye and returns to action against the Dallas Rage on June 2nd at Muss Bertolino in Kenner.
With such a dominating performance, there was plenty of glory to go around for the New Orleans (3-2, 3-1) offense. With 309 receiving yards, the passing game showed why can be a threat on any given night. Lynette Kokemor led the blitz with two touchdowns on 147 yards on only 4 catches while also scoring on a 74 yard punt return. Tight end Athena Monteleone had a breakout game with 110 yards on 7 receptions and a touchdown, while Marika Bartow added the other receiving touchdown on three catches for 17 yards. Wideout Jen Ludwicki completed the receiving yards with 35 yards on 2 catches.
Not to be outdone, running back Danielle Coleman scored three touchdowns of her own on 89 yards rushing on just 16 carries with a long of 17 yards. Meanwhile, rookie Marika Bartow kicked three extra points on five attempts to add to her receiving touchdown for a total of nine points in the contest. Quarterback Chris Zboril led the charge with her quality passing and directed the offense up and down the field all night.
Defensively, linebacker E.J. Davenport corralled the most Barracuda runners, leading the Blaze with eight tackles including a sack. The defense spread it out among the rest of the team as all members of the defense contributed to the tough night experienced by Emerald Coast (0-5, 0-4). The Barracudas managed only one touchdown in the first quarter and failed on the extra point. Linebacker Lisa Lunsford and lineman Yanni Morales had strong games again, and were joined by lineman Lisa Thibodeaux, Nicole Rivet, and Tashika Parquet with great tackling.
The Blaze's next HOME game is against the Dallas Rage on Saturday, June 2, at 7:05 p.m. The game will take place at Muss Bertolino Stadium located at 620 West Esplanade Avenue in Kenner. Blaze individual home game tickets can be purchased for only $10 each with children 10 and under getting in FREE via the team's website (www.neworleansblaze.com) or at the Cold Stone Ice Creamery at 910 West Esplanade Avenue in Kenner.
The New Orleans Blaze is competing in its sixth season in the South Division of the Southern Conference as a franchise of the NWFA. The Blaze is comprised of women from within and beyond the greater Metropolitan New Orleans area, offering women the chance to play a game they love while allowing fans the chance to get in on the growing national sports interest in women's tackle football. More information on the New Orleans Blaze can be obtained by visiting the team's website at NewOrleansBlaze.com
Renegades Fall To Rage
The Renegades rushed for a season high 251 yards, but it wasn't enough as the Renegades fell to the Dallas Rage 36-8. Running back Marty Alber rushed 24 times for 194 yards and scored one touchdown. Fullback Sarah Murray rumbled 9 times for 40 yards and Kelly Hardy had 3 rushes for 17 yards. Alber's touchdown came on a 53-yard run in the first quarter. Quarterback Nancy Byrd completed a pass to tight end Lori Campbell for the two point conversion.
The Renegades (1-3) were able to slow down the Rage (2-3) rushing attack, but the passing attack was too much as the Rage passed for 439 yards. Safety Sonya Massey led the Renegade defense with 7 solo tackles and 4 assists. Linebacker Kelly Hardy had 4 solo tackles, 4 assists, and 1 interception. Defensive lineman Dana Sanders had 6 solo tackles and 1 assist.
Alabama returns home this weekend to face the East Tennessee Rhythm. This game will be a rematch of the first game of the season when the Renegades lost 14-8. Alabama is eager to avenge their earlier loss.
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The Alabama Renegades are a team in the National Women's Football Association (NWFA). For additional information about the Alabama Renegades, please visit our website at AlabamaRenegades.net or call (256) 830-4537
OKC LIGHTNING TURNS NASHVILLE'S DREAM INTO A NIGHTMARE
Glencliff H.S.; Nashville, TN – The Oklahoma City Lightning controlled much of the tempo in Saturday’s women’s football battle with the Nashville Dream, winning their fifth game of the spring to stay atop the battle for the National Women’s Football Association Southwestern Division championship at 5-0. The Lighting combined strong defense with the power running of Iliana Calderon, the top runner in women’s football the past two seasons as well as the running of Malinda Malone and Gloricia Woody combine with the catching of passes to Mindy Walker and Lisa ‘Doc’ Rorick by quarterback Lindsey Belcher. This strong performance by the Lightning quickly turned the Nashville’s Dream team into a nightmare to win by a score of 48-6.
The Dream managed a good drive to score a touchdown late in the fourth quarter. But it was too little, too late to stop the Lightning Ladies.
Calderon, dubbed “E” by fans (#33), broke the ice for Oklahoma City in the first half with a touchdown in their initial drive to make the score 8-0 after the first stanza. While Calderon carried the ball on many plays of the night scoring numerous touchdowns, running backs Malinda Malone (#4) and Gloricia Woody (#24) added to the scoring tally with touchdowns of their own. Wide receiver Lisa “Doc” Rorick (#23) contributed to the offense as well as wide receiver/kicker Mindy Walker (#34), who also kicked a 25-yard field goal in the third quarter and numerous points after the Ok City touchdowns.
The Lightning’s defense was very stingy in the first half, allowing the Dream only minimal yardage and no points. The second half was very much same, except the Nashville team managed to score a touchdown late in the fourth quarter before the game ended.
Three weeks ago, Oklahoma City beat a very good Austin Outlaw team 32-20 in a May 5th game down in Texas. This Saturday night, the Lightning will play the same Outlaw team at home, who are now 5-0 after coming off of Saturday night’s win at Nashville. They will play the ladies from the Lone Star state for the second time this season in which is to be expected to be a very good game this Saturday against the Outlaws on May 26th at Taft Stadium.
After that home game, the balance of the schedule for the 5-0 Lightning is as follows: June 2nd no game; June 9th home vs. Nashville Dream; June 16th away vs. St. Louis Slam. If the Lightning ladies continue their winning ways, the playoffs begin on June 23, leading to the NWFA championship in Nashville, TN 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 (the lone loss in the national championship).
For information on the OKC Lightning, please visit OkcLightning.com or call (405) 760-1406
Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh Football!
Get ready to rumble! It's football. Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh. Not however, the Browns and the Steelers. Nope, this is a different but just as much fun type of rivalry. The combatants are The Cleveland Fusion and the Pittsburgh Passion, and the league is the National Women's Football Association. Kickoff is Saturday May 19 at 7:05 pm at Bedford's Bearcat Stadium.
What's at stake here is the upcoming playoffs. There will still be a few more games to be played after this one, but these two teams are the cream of the crop in their division. Pittsburgh won the first game of the season 24-16. Cleveland had won their previous match-ups, however, and are anxious to get back on the winning side of this great rivalry.
Several Fusion players are in the top ten of the NWFA standings in their categories after four games. Running back Martina Latessa is fifth in rushing with 545 yards on 70 carries with 6 touchdowns. Erica Ware is tenth with 358 yards on 47 carries and 5 TDs, and has the longest run-57 yards. Latessa is seventh in scoring with 50 points and Ware is 8th with 40.
Quarterback Mary Deitrick is 9th in passing yardage at 282 yards on 25 completions in 49 attempts. Her longest gain was 22 yards and she's thrown for 6 TDs. Her two favorite receivers Shauna Nevel and Shannon Anderson are tied for 9th in receiving yards, although Nevel has one more reception-15-to Anderson's 14. They have identical yardage however, at 169, and each has 3 TDs.
Defensive back Jackie Tadych has two interceptions for the year which puts her in 14th position in that category.
Home games are being filmed for broadcast on Sports Time Ohio. Check their web-site for details: sportstimeohio.com
Tickets (if available) will be sold at the gate, or they may be purchased in advance through the web-site: ClevelandFusion.com For information, call the team office at (419) 271-4278.
-- Kelly Ferjutz -- Staff Writer --Cleveland Fusion
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