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American Football - 08. May 2007.

NWFA NEWSLETTER

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.

From Around The League:

OKC LIGHTNING WINS IN TOUGH CONTEST AGAINST THE AUSTIN OUTLAWS


House Park Stadium; Austin, TX - The Oklahoma City Lightning won a hard fought battle by a score of 32-20 in Saturday's women's football game with the Austin Outlaws, winning their third game of the spring to stay atop the battle for the National Women's Football Association Southwestern Division championship. Before fans down in Austin on a day where rain threatened the game, the Lighting combined strong defense and the running game of the offense, featuring the 2006 NWFA top rusher and scorer, Iliana Calderon.

After the Outlaws scored on the first play of their initial possession of the game making the score 6-0, the Lightning answered with their own score on their first play also. Iliana Calderon answered the call on a 65-yard run to make the score 7-6, the Lightning never trailed for the remainder of the game. With the score at half time 29-6 in favor of OKC, things looked promising for the Lightning Ladies. The Lightning could only manage a 25-yard field goal by kicker Mindy Walker to finish the scoring of the night for the women north of the Red River.

The Outlaws, after falling behind in the first half, managed good drives in the fourth quarter, scoring touchdowns by Austin's highly touted offensive threat, Monica Gauck, which made the score with 5:30 to go 32-20. But it was too little, too late to stop the Lightning Ladies.

One week ago, Oklahoma City beat the St. Louis Slam 21-6 April 28th in Taft Stadium at OKC. This Saturday night, they face the Dallas Rage at OKC, who they handily beat in an impressive 60-12 over the same Dallas team. This rematch with the Rage, on May 12th will surely be an interesting offensive and defense show for the Lightning.

The balance of the schedule for the 3-0 Lightning is as follows: May 19th away vs. the Nashville Dream, May 26th home vs. the Austin Outlaws; June 2nd, no game, June 9th home vs. the Nashville dream and June 16th away vs. the St. Louis Slam. If the Lightning continues their winning ways, playoffs begin June 23rd, leading to the national championship 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 (the lone loss in the national championship).

For information on the OKC Lightning, please visit OkcLightning.com or call (405) 760-1406.


Fusion convincing in 34-8 win over West Michigan Mayhem


The Cleveland Fusion put up an exciting game for the home opener Saturday night at Bedford's Bearcat Stadium. Both offense and defense were effective against longtime rival West Michigan Mayhem (once known as the Jaguars) with a final score of 34-6, Fusion. Both teams were preseason favorites to return to the playoffs again this year, and each are now at two wins and one loss for the season, with five games yet to play.

Holding possession for the first half of the first quarter, the Fusion posted the first score with 8:57 remaining as Martina Latessa topped a seven-yard run into the end zone with a rushing two-point conversion. Shortly after that Erica Ware popped the first of her several long-yardage carries, this one for 42 yards. The Mayhem intercepted, but the Fusion defense held strong, and the Mayhem were forced to punt.

Shannon Anderson returned the punt to the thirteen, and Ware promptly ran it in. Her subsequent attempt for the two-point conversion failed, however, and at the end of the first quarter, the score was Fusion 14, Mayhem 0.

With five minutes remaining in the second quarter, Ware was stopped at the 23 yard line, after a 48 yard run. Once again, the Mayhem took control of the ball, but three minutes later, it was back to the Fusion and Deitrick connected with Anderson on a 19 yard pass to the 26-yard line. A 16-yard pass to Anderson put up the six points, and Ware added two on a running play. At the end of the first half, the score was 22-0. Ware had carried 12 times for 125 yards, and Latessa had 13 carries for 89 yards.

The only score for the Mayhem came at 10:18 of the third quarter when their leading rusher Angela Edwards ran it in from the 26-yard line, but the 2-point try was blocked. Midway through the final quarter, it was Ware scoring for the Fusion on a 1-yard run, with no extra points. Then, late in the game, Deitrick connected with Shauna Nevel for a 15 yard touchdown.

Ware ended up with 143 yards on 19 carries for the night while Latessa's 22 carries gained 129 yards. Anderson caught five passes for 55 yards, and Nevel had two for 21. Deitrick had 81 yards on 8 completions. The Mayhem's Edwards had 98 yards for the game on 24 carries.

On defense for the Fusion, Veronica Rucker and Jen Ryba each had ten tackles-Rucker with 4 solos and 6 assists, Ryba with 1 and 9. Stephanie Balochko had 1 solo and 8 assists. Peru Barber, Jackie Tadych and Stefanie Russo each had a pass deflection, and Traci Nickerson recovered a fumble.

For the Mayhem, Jennifer Plummer had 14 solo tackles and 8 assists, while Yvette Carriere had 6 solos and 1 assist.

Saturday, May 12 the Central Pennsylvania Vipers make their first trip to Cleveland for a game against the Fusion that will kick off at 7:05 pm. For tickets or information, go to: ClevelandFusion.com or call 419.271.4278.
-- Kelly Ferjutz --Staff Writer--Cleveland Fusion

MAINE FROZEN OUT BY MASS MUTINY


Coming into the game, both Maine and Massachusetts were undefeated. But by the end of the first quarter, it became evident that the Mutiny had no intention of giving up their winning streak. Dominating the game on both sides of the ball, the Mutiny continued to dazzle their opponents. In front of an enthusiastic home crowd, the Mass Mutiny showed everyone that they are the force to be reckoned with, defeating Maine 60-0.

Defensively, the Mutiny continues to blank their opponents. Not allowing
Maine to reach a first down, the Mutiny had tremendous efforts from each player. The defensive player of the game was Molly Goodwin. Goodwin tore into the Freeze with 6 tackles, 1 sack and an interception that she returned 40 yards for a touchdown. Goodwin had plenty of help; veteran Kim Hickey played a career game with 2 sacks. Continuing their dominance on defense, the Mutiny exploded with tackles by Vicky Eddy, Kita Payne, Donna Bruce, Stacy Walker, Amy Saur, Deb Deltoro and Heidi Epstein. Jen Powell had another outstanding game with 8 tackles and a 52 yard interception.

On the other side of the ball, the Mutiny offense continues to shine. Led by a tremendous effort by the offensive line including Jill Sestini, Kelly
Barker, Nora Mitchell, Laura Trimoboli, Terry Pilsbury and Alicia Harris.
Lineman Cobie Pettingal had a strong game and was able to recover a fumbled ball in the endzone for her first ever NWFA touchdown. But clearing the way for the Mutiny dominated game, Sue Burtoft. A veteran of 8 years, Burtoft continues to prove her dominance for the Mutiny. Burtoft's skills as an offensive lineman, cleared the way for the Mutiny work horses. Running the ball for 102 yards and 3 touchdowns, Brittany Bushman continues to prove herself as a threat to this league. Rounding out their rushing attack were Aja Atwood with 23 yards and 1 touchdown; Mia Brickhouse with 21 yards and 1 touchdown; Alicia Harris with 31 yards and a score and Nora Mitchell. Quarterback supreme, Alison Cahill, continues her strong leadership on offense. Passing for 21 yards and rushing for 11 yards touchdown. Cahill is
putting the Mutiny on track for a sensational season.

Rounding out the evening and celebrating her 28th birthday, team captain Kelly Barker had a tremendous effort both offensively and defensively. More impressive, however, were her 354 punting yards.

The Mutiny are proving to be the team to beat. With a 3-0 record, the Mutiny will be hosting the Connecticut Crush on May 12 in Boston. The Crush will be on the attack and trying to avenge a 34-0 loss to the Mutiny earlier in the season. The Mutiny will be looking to protect their undefeated status and the defense will surely be on their game in their continued dominance in blanking their opponents.

All Valley Attack Take On the
California Predators


Its women versus men in a battle of guts and glory on the gridiron. The All Valley Attack of the National Women’s Football Association will be taking on the California Predators of the West Coast Football League. The Predators are the 2006 WCFL Western Division Champions, 2 time WCFL League Champions, and have 5 consecutive playoff appearances. This challenge allows Predators owner and Head Coach Tony Engeron to get a good look at his new prospects and the Attack the opportunity to test their mettle.

The game will take place June 16th, 7pm at Mojave High School, Mojave CA. Tickets are $10, Seniors 65+ $7, 8-12 year olds $7, Children 7 and under FREE! Players from both teams will be available after the game for autographs and pictures. This promises to be an evening of exciting football! Don’t miss out! For more information, including the complete schedule of games, visit the Attack website: AVAttack.com

For additional information on the National Women's Football Association, please visit womensfootballcentral.com

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