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ALABAMA WIN'S FIRST HOME GAME!
The Alabama Renegades women's football team won their first home game of the 2007 season this past Saturday, 21-7 over the visiting Nashville Dream. The Renegades are 1-2 and have a bye week before traveling to Dallas on May 19.
The Renegades were able to strike first when quarterback Nancy Byrd hit tight end Sandra Kerby for a 15-yard touchdown pass. Wendy Everett added the extra point. The Renegades added two rushing touchdowns in the second quarter by Dionne Eatman and Marty Alber, and Everett connected on both extra points.
Kelly Hardy and Jennifer Patton led the defensive attack with six tackles
each. Defensive back Nikie Hunter added three tackles, a forced fumble, a pass deflection and an interception in a solid defensive effort for the Renegades.
Alabama has a bye this weekend, May 12, and then travels to Dallas, Texas to face-off against the Dallas Rage on May 19. The Rage play the Oklahoma City Lightning, last years championship runner-up, this weekend.
PITTSBURGH PASSION GO 3 -- 0 !!!
The Pittsburgh Passion traveled to Harrisburg on May 5th to take on the Central PA Vipers in a conference game and were victorious 52-0 upping the team record to 3-0. Leading the Passion offensively was quarterback Lisa Horton with 156 yards and a touchdown passing and rushing. Opening the game with a 49-yard touchdown reception was Wilma Walton. Shelley Zoelle and Torina Henley led the rushing attack with 70 yards each. Defensively, the Passion registered their first shut out of the season led by rookie linebacker Trumane Rogers with 12 tackles and Beth Amato with 7 tackles with 3 of those tackles for a loss of 24 yards. Rookie Jamie Doyle capped it with an interception.
Join your undefeated Passion this Saturday
for the next home game on the South Side!!!
DATE: Saturday, May 12th
TIME: Kick-off, 7pm
Start of pre-game events and tailgating -- 5pm
"Fan of the Game" and "Sign of the Game"
Television recognition on Comcast, Armstrong, and Fox Sports Radio, and prizes during the game
George Cupples Stadium
930 E. Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(right off 10th Street Bridge)
DISCOUNTED PARKING AT STATION SQUARE:
$3 Passion fan parking (good until 3am) in Station Square East Parking Lot, just show a Pittsburgh Passion game ticket stub upon exit, for special fan rate
Complimentary shuttle busses will run between Station Square and
Cupples Stadium from 5pm to 7:30pm and from 9pm to 10:30pm.
-- 9th St will be closed from E. Carson to Sarah St. for pre-game tailgating and music
-- Army National Guard will be on-site with Keystone Hummer Cruiser, games, giveaways, and rock climbing wall
-- Students from Propel Homestead participating in the Passion For Life Foundation DREAMS Mentoring Program will be recognized on the field with Passion players serving as mentors in the classroom
Concessions -- Food, beverages, snacks
Merchandise -- Passion apparel, gameday programs, fan packs, giveaways
Half-time -- Vanessa Campagna will perform
$12 for adults
$8 for military with ID, and for seniors (62 and older)
$5 for children, and for students with ID
POST-GAME AT STATION SQUARE:
Show your game ticket stub and receive:
$5 Appetizers at Houlihan's
Free Cover Charge at Saddle Ridge and Margarita Mama's
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Blaze Falls to Division Leader Pensacola
Kenner, LA - The New Orleans Blaze women's tackle football team was unable to match the scoring of the Pensacola Power on Saturday, losing 22-7 in a showdown of Southern Division leaders of the National Women's Football Association's (NWFA) Southern Conference. Second place New Orleans' defense kept it in the game with monster games by defensive lineman Yanni Morales (15 tackles) and linebacker Lisa Lunsford (12 tackles). The offense was surprisingly ineffective scoring its lone touchdown in the first quarter and losing two out of three fumbles during the game. The visiting Power capitalized on New Orleans miscues and maximized its offense in scoring three touchdowns. The New Orleans Blaze has a chance to get back to .500 when it plays again next Saturday against the Gulf Coast Herricanes in Mobile, Alabama.
The New Orleans Blaze (1-2, 1-1) defense played another great game this week, but was unable to keep the Pensacola Power out of the endzone. On the field for 89 defensive plays, the defense still kept the Blaze in the game right up until the end, allowing the Power only three touchdowns. Morales and Lunsford continue to pace the great play of the defense this season and were joined by a large assortment of players on defense, with several joining the great game by Morales and Lunsford with more than five tackles each including Lisa Thibodeaux, Candace Frisard, E.J. Davenport, Amanda Fisher, and Kristy Dunham.
Offensively, the Blaze was unable to muster any sort of consistency from their offensive stars while turning the ball over twice. As a result, the offense could not keep pace with the Power. Pensacola (3-0, 3-0) scored a touchdown in each of the first three quarters, adding a two-point conversion to its touchdown in the second quarter, and was able to keep the Blaze offense off the field and score enough points to win the game. Pensacola now leads the division at 3-0.
The Blaze's next HOME game is against the Dallas Rage on Saturday, June 2. The game will take place at Muss Bertolino Stadium located at 620 West Esplanade Avenue in Kenner. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. Blaze individual home game tickets can still be purchased via the team's website (www.neworleansblaze.com) for only $10 each with children 10 and under getting in FREE. Tickets are also available 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 Southern 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.
Cleveland Fusion vs. Central Pennsylvania Vipers May 13 at Bedford Bearcat Stadium
After three games, the Cleveland Fusion has players in the top ten of four offensive categories, according to stats posted at the National Women's Football Association website. Some of the 32 teams in the league have played four games to date; the Fusion has played three. Each team plays a total of 8 games during the regular season which extends from April 7 through June 16. This Saturday, May 13, the Fusion is home at Bedford Bearcat Stadium to host the Central Pennsylvania Vipers. The Vipers, based in the Harrisburg area, are new to the league this year, and are still looking for their first win. The Fusion will be idle next week, May 19.
The Fusion's leading rusher, Martina Latessa is sixth in that category, with 360 yards gained on 55 carries, for an average of 6.5 yards per carry. Her longest gain this season was 40 yards, and her four touchdowns leave her tied for tenth place in scoring.
Wide receiver Shauna Nevel is tied for 7th, while Shannon Anderson is tied for tenth in receiving. Nevel has 11 catches for 127 yards, for an average of 11.5 yards. Her longest gain was 30 yards, and she has one TD. These numbers also place her in a tie for 10th place on total yards - receiving. Anderson has totaled 113 yards on 10 catches for an average of 11.3. Her long gain was 22 yards, and she also has one TD.
Offensive player of the week for the Fusion was Erica Ware who carried 19 times for 143 yards and two TDs. Veronica Rucker was the defensive player of the week, with four solo tackles and 6 assists.
May 26 will bring the Pittsburgh Passion to Cleveland for a rematch of the opening game of the season, won by Pittsburgh. This was their first win in four games between the two teams. The Fusion expect to get back in winning mode, one more hurdle in their march to the playoffs. Home games are being filmed for broadcast on Sports Time Ohio. Check their website for details: sportstimeohio.com
For tickets or other information about the Cleveland Fusion, go to: ClevelandFusion.com or call 419.271.4278.
-- Kelly Ferjutz --Staff Writer --Cleveland Fusion
COLUMBUS SPORTS NETWORK TO TELEVISE WOMEN'S FOOTBALL!
The Columbus Sports Network will be telecasting the Kentucky Karma at Columbus Comets game being played on Saturday, May 12. We will air the game on tape delay, with the initial telecast being broadcast the next day, Sunday, May 13, at the prime evening hour of 7PM. The game will re-air several times thereafter during the week of May 14-19.
The Comets and the Karma play in the National Women's Football Association the largest tackle football league in the world for women. This is the seventh season for the NWFA and with 32 teams around the country there is a lot of action between now and the world championship game in July. "If you like football, you'll love the NWFA," states league VP, Debby Lening.
We will also air the NWFA infomercial/documentary every day next week at 5:30AM, beginning Monday 5/7 through Sunday 5/13, as well as periodically during the week of 5/14.
"We hope that the Comets aggressively promote this partnership by every means possible, so that the game crowd is both large and loud," states CSN President, Jon Ertmann.
Columbus Sports Network has been on the air now since March 24, with 24/7 programming. They have received many accolades and attracted the attention of many media outlets. "Although we're still growing and developing, we're clearly on the right track, now reaching over 1.2 million people with our programming," he adds.
"We are very pleased that the Columbus Sports Network will be broadcasting this game and our infomercial/documentary. We look forward to working with CSN on other programming as well. Women's football is a great spectator sport and we know that anyone who sees this game will want to become a fan," states league CEO, Catherine Masters.
For additional information on CSN, please visit their website at ColumbusSportsNetwork.com. For additional information on the Columbus Comets, please visit their website at ColumbusComets.com or call (614) 578-0193.
For additional information on the National Women's Football Association, please visit womensfootballcentral.com
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