Nashville, Tennessee - The National Women's Football Association has announced the Women's Football Team Challenge. The event will be held Saturday, July 21st in conjunction with the 7th Annual Championship of Women's Football.
The event is open to all players and teams from all of the leagues in women's pro football. "All of the leagues think they have the best players and there's a lot of trash talk between them. We think that by hosting this event, everyone will be able to see who really has the best players and teams," states league CEO, Catherine Masters.
Masters, of course, feels her league has the best players. "You never know though, until they get out on the field, who the real winners are. If someone is better than us, we'll applaud them. If they aren't, then we'll prove to the rest of the world what we already know, "she states. She further believes that this WOMEN'S FOOTBALL TEAM CHALLENGE is the first step towards having the top two teams in all of the leagues, play in a national championship.
"This isn't the year for a national championship between the leagues but 2008 will be. Our staff is already planning it and will announce the date for the National Championship soon. Hopefully, the other leagues will see the value and participate at both events," states VP Debby Lening.
The WOMEN'S FOOTBALL TEAM CHALLENGE will include challenges for just about every position on the teams and winners of each event will be awarded points and prizes. There is no registration fee but all participants must have a valid ticket to the championship game and register before July 10th.
The WOMEN'S FOOTBALL TEAM CHALLENGE has already received television clearance and will be broadcast on the Dish Network and on Comcast Sports South. These two networks have a combined viewers base of over 17 million homes. "We expect to clear a lot of other TV markets soon," states Masters.
Stefani Godsey has been appointed the Director of the event. For additional information or to register, please call (615) 860-4084.
Tickets are now available and sponsorships are now open to companies wishing to participate. For additional information, please call (615) 860-4084.
FOOTBALL PALLOOZA COMING TO NASHVILLE JULY 21ST!
The National Women's Football Association has announced that they will be hosting FOOTBALL PALLOOZA on July 21st. The event will include music by independent artists, exhibitors and the Women's Professional Football Championship.
The NWFA is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and began operations in 2000 with one team. The league now has 32 teams from coast to coast and the top two will come to Nashville to battle for the title of World Champion.
"We've held this game at other cities around the country but all of our fans really like coming to Nashville so we are coming back and making this a big event. The game will be held at White's Creek High School and will include a festival. We will be broadcasting the game on the Dish Network and on Comcast Sports South to over 17 million homes and hope to pack the stands. We want to show the rest of the world that Nashville supports women's professional football!" states league CEO and Founder, Catherine Masters.
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From the TEAMS:
Passion Perfect at 5-0!
The Pittsburgh Passion, a member of the National Women's Football Association, improved to a perfect 5-0 record with a season sweep over the Cleveland Fusion 40-18 on Saturday night at Bedford Stadium. The team amassed 424 yards of total offense on a warm night with a few rain showers in the air. After winning the opening coin toss, the Passion reached deep into the bag of tricks. QB Lisa Horton lined up as a receiver and received a toss from fellow QB Kara Prentice before looking downfield and finding Lori Johnson for an opening touchdown. The 59 yard touchdown got the Passion out front 7-0. After forcing a 3 and out on defense, the offense came right back and marched 71 yards down the field. Horton hooked up with Jen Moody for a 6 yard score and the Passion's lead increased to 14-0. The Fusion was able to come back with two scores but were unable to connect on the conversions and the Passion lead 14-12. The Passion offense answered back with a sustained drive that was capped off by a Torina Henley 2 yard run. The key play in the drive was a 4th and 8 conversion on a scramble by QB Horton. On the final play of the 2nd quarter, the Passion again connected for their 3rd passing touchdown of the half. Lori Johnson was able to catch her 2nd touchdown of the game and the Passion entered the break with a 26-12 lead. Cleveland's first offensive play of the 3rd quarter was intercepted by DB Sharon Vazquez. After an 18 yard return and a personal foul, the Passion took over at the Fusion 22 yard line. 4 plays later, Torina Henley ran around the edge for a 6 yard touchdown and the Passion took a 33-12 lead. One more rushing touchdown by Lyndsi Hughes finished the scoring for the Passion.
With another outstanding performance by the Passion O-line, the elusive QB Lisa Horton finished the game with a solid outing of 10/19 passing with 180 yards, 3 TD and 0 INTs. Lisa also ran the ball 13 times for 41 yards. The 3H running attack of the Passion (Horton, Henley, and Hughes) racked up 252 yards. Torina Henley had 21 carries for 88 yards and a touchdown while Lyndsi Hughes carried the football 16 times for 123 yards. Lori Johnson had 3 catches for 69 yards including two touchdowns. Kate Sullivan also featured 2 catches for 46 yards to help lead the Passion's air attack. The defense was led up the middle by Olivia Griswold who recorded 12 tackles on the day. Kim Zubovic had 6 tackles and a fumble recovery. Tia Montgomery accounted on 8 tackles and Ava Nickens had a sack to go along with her 6 tackles. The Passion look to continue the winning ways on Saturday, June 2nd, back home against the Cincinnati Sizzle.
Renegades Blank Rhythm
The Alabama Renegades defeated the East Tennessee Rhythm Saturday 33-0. The Alabama defense shutout the Rhythm in a great defensive performance. Defensive ends Ashley Moody and Jennifer Patton led the defense in tackles. Moody had 8 solo tackles and 2 assists with a half sack while Patton amassed 6 solo tackles with 4 assists and a half sack. Defensive back Nikie Hunter had a stellar game intercepting the Rhythm quarterback three times. She picked up 99 yards after her three interceptions.
Four different Renegades got into the scoring action in a well-balanced
offensive attack. After fumbling on the first drive, fullback Sarah Murray came back strong and led the team in rushing yards. She picked up 63 yards in 12 attempts and scored two touchdowns. Wide receiver Kira Hughes scored the first touchdown of her career on a 12 yard catch from quarterback Nancy Byrd in the second quarter. Tight end Sandra Kerby was also on the receiving end of a Byrd touchdown throw to start the second half. Rounding out the scoring, back-up running back Kelly Hardy scored the first touchdown of her career when she rumbled one in from 10 yards out in the fourth quarter.
The Renegades (2-3) will host the Chattanooga Locomotion (5-0) this Saturday at Goldsmith Schiffman Field with the game kicking off at 7pm. Tickets for the game can be purchased for $10 prior to Saturday by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets will also be available at the gate Saturday night for $12.
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Prowlers Undefeated in West Coast
Prowlers conquer West in short order and take Western
The Phoenix Prowlers did not even need all of the scheduled games to take the Western conference crown this year. The Prowlers traveled to Orange County, CA for a rematch with the defending Champion, OC Breakers for a chance to win the West outright 3 weeks before the end of the regular season. In a tough and hard hitting contest, the Breakers came out to show that the last game, a 36 – 0 Phoenix victory was a fluke and they started hitting at the first whistle. Despite sometime to rest, OC found itself still depleted by key injures to superstars like #87 Suzanne Linn injured in the first Prowler game and #50 Erin Dunbar injured earlier against the Attack. Despite those two significant losses, the remaining Breakers stepped up to play a tenacious game against a Prowler team also hampered by some key injuries. The Prowlers came out with that home town Phoenix heat cutting through the cool CA breeze and never slowed down. Starting with their dominant running game featuring the league's leading rusher #33 Jennifer “JC” Calusine following the powerful Prowler offensive line. Coming off of a 301 yard performance against the All Valley Attack last week, JC picked her way through gaps for a TD and 4 PAT’s following All-star FB #42 Desiree Belliard who continuously knocked OC defenders to the ground with explosive blocks. Belliard put more OC defenders on the turf when running the ball using one of the strongest stiff arms in the Women’s game scoring her own touchdown as well. The Prowler passing game was back in form after an off week with several new stars emerging to compliment All-star #22 Amy Lewis who had another great game adding 6 catches and another TD to her season total as a top 10 receiver. Rookie #3 Becky Stewart fighting through some nagging injuries started the passing off taking a deflected pass away from the OC defender for a critical 30 yard gain putting the Prowlers deep in OC territory for their first score. Stewart also added several other key catches throughout the game and added a TD of her own later in the game. This games other breakout performance came from veteran Brandy Marcus who shared offensive MVP honors with Stewart and who matched Lewis with a game leading 6 catches but with Lewis consistently drawing double coverage, Marcus found the gaps to haul in 3 TD’s from #16 Angel D’Rossi. D’Rossi again had plenty of time in the pocket to find the open receiver as the entire Prowler offensive line put up a wall of protection that was rarely broken. Clearing establishing themselves as one of the most dominant lines in Women’s football. Despite the key losses to the OC linebacker corps, the Breakers stepped up with several rookie and veteran players to take on everything the Prowlers threw at them. Showing strong pursuit and relentless energy to take on the larger Prowlers, OC never let down and the score was certainly not a reflection of the level of play and heart of the Breakers who slowed the Prowler running game in the second half shifting back to an 8 man front. However, the Prowlers showed why they are one of the top offenses in the league, mixing in more passing to take advantage of single coverage and continuing to move the ball at will all night long. The Breakers offense also showed great heart and tenacity facing the 1400 LB Prowlers defensive line for a second time. Again, hampered by injuries, OC had several first downs and nice drives that it took the Prowlers a while to stop. Led by the play of the “Julies” #30 Julie Ciccareli and #20 Julie Briggs, the Breakers threw everything they had at the Prowlers. Again, led by veterans like #75 Selina Canty, #63 Shonna Bell and #44 Charlene Canty, the Prowler defensive line stymied most of the OC offense leaving Phoenix’s crew of League leading linebackers to shut down anything OC came up with. With not one but two 60 tackle LB’s in #65 Angie Darnell and #41 Kyi Drago, the Breakers had no place to go. If they tried the other side, 40 tackle and Defensive MVP, Kelly Brown was there to take them on with 17 tackles on the night. Substituting at FS #42 Desiree Belliard nabbed an early interception to put the Prowlers in scoring position again. The Prowlers have yet to be scored on even though weathering a tremendous effort late in the game from the Breakers who made it down inside the Prowler 20 at the end of the game. As the ONLY team to not allow a score, the Prowlers did not want to allow a single point. As time wound down, the Breakers went to an outside pass that was broken up and then intercepted by Rookie #83 Elisa Kruse who took it back 45 yards to end the game. By rolling through the Western Conference in dominant fashion, the Prowlers have established themselves as one of the most powerful teams in the NWFA.
Fusion and Passion - again.
One of the better ways to win a football game is to possess the ball more than the other team. The visiting Pittsburgh Passion did this very well Saturday night in their game against the Cleveland Fusion at Bedford's Bearcat Stadium. The final score was 40-18. The Passion would have ended with a higher total, were it not for penalties on the Passion and a strong effort by Cleveland's defense.
The Passion wasted no time putting up the first score, which came on the second play of the game. Lori Johnson took a 59 yard pass from Lisa Horton into the endzone, and Eden Pleva successfully kicked the extra point. Midway through the first quarter, Jennifer Moody scored on a 6 yard pass, and again Pleva's kick was good. Pittsburgh was ahead 16-0.
With 4½ minutes left in the quarter, Cleveland running back Erica Ware took the ball to the 2 yard line, and on the next play Martina Latessa scored. She then tried a two-point rushing conversion, which failed. Early in the second quarter, Fusion wide receiver Shannon Anderson caught a 26 yard pass from Mary Deitrick, setting up a 6 play, 82 yard march to the endzone, topped off by Ware's 31 yard touchdown. Her rushing attempt didn't make it, however, leaving the score at 14-12.
The Passion scored twice in the 2nd quarter: a 12 yard run by Torina Henley at 5:35 and a 3 yard pass by Johnson with no time left on the clock. Pleva missed both kicks, but at the half, Pittsburgh led 26-12.
Pittsburgh tried again early in the 3rd quarter, but the Fusion's Jackie Tadych batted away a pass intended for Johnson, who was in the endzone. Two minutes later, however, Henley scored her second TD on a 9 yard run. Cristy Laudadio's kick made it 33-12. A minute later Fusion wide receiver Shauna Nevel caught an 11 yard pass from Deitrick, but the rushing conversion play failed, with the score 33-18. Two minutes later, the Passion's Lyndsi Hughes scored on a 20 yard run. Laudadio's kick was good. The score stayed at 40-18 for the rest of the game, in spite of several near scores by both teams.
Ware ended the evening with 64 yards on 12 carries while Latessa had 50 yards on 9 attempts. She also returned 3 kickoffs for 42 yards. For the receivers, Anderson had 43 yards on 3 catches, while Nevel was 30 and 3. Tadych returned one kickoff for 22 yards, and had one fair catch on a Pittsburgh punt. Deitrick completed 8 passes on 18 attempts for 94 yards and 1 TD. She was intercepted once and sacked once for a loss of 8 yards.
The Fusion defense was led by Peru Barber with 8 solo tackles and 4 assists, plus a pass deflection. Jen Ryba had 5 solos and 7 assists. Tadych had 4 solos and 2 assists along with her pass deflect. Marie Spence had 5 solos and 4 assists. Maritza Gonzalez had 3 assists and sacked Horton for a loss of 6 yards.
For the Passion, Horton totaled 180 yards with 10 completions in 19 attempts and 3 TDs. Johnson caught 3 passes for 69 yards, and Wilma Walton had 3 for 43 yards. Hughes led their rushers with 123 yards on 16 carries and Henley had 88 yards on 21 attempts. Horton scrambled a good bit, too, accruing 41 yards on 13 carries. Their defense was led by Olivia Griswold with 4 solos and 8 assists, Tia Montgomery with 2 and 6, and Ava Nickens had 1 and 5, plus the sack of Deitrick. Sharon Vasquez ran an interception back for an 18 yard gain.
The Fusion are now 3-2 on the season. Next Saturday they travel to meet the Central Pennsylvania Vipers. The game is at Harrisburg (PA) High school, and kick off is at 3:30 pm. The Fusion are home again on June 9 against the Baltimore Burn. For tickets or information, go to: ClevelandFusion.com or call 419.271.4278.
-- Kelly Ferjutz -- Staff Writer --Cleveland Fusion
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