The Pittsburgh Passion earned the right by beating the Cleveland Fusion 49-15. Standouts for the Passion were QB Lisa Horton who passed for 179 yards and WR Wilma Walton and RB Torina Henley who both scored 2 touchdowns each, RB Lyndsi Hughes, wide receivers Jenine Suprano and Lori Johnson who each scored a touchdown. The Passion ended their 2007 season with a perfect 11-0 record.
The Columbus Comets beat the veteran OKC Lightning 9-7 in a close, tough battle which saw OKC's defensive player, Meisha Pennon recover a fumble for the Lightning's only score. The Comets scored a field goal and touchdown but were unable to convert the extra point but it was enough to win the game and move on to the Championship game in Nashville. The Comets end their 2007 season with a 9-2 record having lost to the St. Louis Slam twice during the regular season.
The game will be held on Saturday, July 21st at White's Creek High School with a 7:00pm kick off. Vice Mayor Howard Gentry will be the honored guest and will toss the coin. "Howard has been a huge supporter of the league since I formed it over seven year ago and we are very pleased that he will be at the game," states league CEO, Catherine Masters. "We are very pleased to have these two outstanding teams come to Nashville to play for the title. Both of these teams have earned the right to be there and we are expecting one heck of a game," she adds.
For football fans who have never seen women's pro football, this is the game to watch. And, for families, you can't get a better deal for an evening of excitement and fun. "This is great family entertainment and kids of all ages really enjoy getting autographs and meeting the players after the game," states league VP, Debby Lening. There will also be a special MySpace seating area for MySpace members who are attending.
The game is being sponsored by Rivergate Toyota, the U.S. Army, D1-Sports Training, Sam's Club and the Phenom Factory. The gates open for tailgating at 4pm. Tickets are $15.00 in advance and may be purchased at Ticketmaster. On game day, the tickets are $20.00 at the stadium box office.
The 2007 Nashville Storm Dance Team
To Perform at Football Pallooza
The Nashville Storm Dancers will be performing at the NWFA's half-time show.
Members of the Storm Dancers that will be performing are: Ito Aoki (Captain), Aliya Frederick (CO-Captain), Amy Hodges, Toya Stoudemire, Chika Onyebuenyi, Cori Washington, Angela Clark, CeCelia Reed, Tonesia Jones, Rachel Ginnicks and Elizabeth Jones.
Phenom Factory to Giveaway Compression Suits at Football Pallooza!
The Phenom Factory, maker of the "Hit Proof" Compression Suit will be attending the Football Pallooza events on July 21st and giving away some of their suits.
The Compression Suit substitutes the use of heavy, bulky under-pads, which limit mobility as well as comfort. Because of the need for speed and flexibility, athletes of various sports can benefit from the light and durable design of the Compression Suit. The Compression Suit includes built-in pads made of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), which have been strategically placed to protect the areas of the body that are more likely to encounter direct impact. The cross-linking technology enables the pads to be tough, flexible, and resilient, thereby making the Compression Suit "Hit ProofTM". In addition, the padding is removable which enables athletes to customize the Suit according to their desired level of protection.
Mychall Lee Allen To Perform at Smash Hits
Mychall Lee Allen was born in Espanola, NM and relocated to Oklahoma City, OK as a child. In 1995 moved to Nashville, TN to pursue his dream in the country music industry.
Mychall has been named Entertainer of the Year in the State of Oklahoma three times, Male vocalist twice. He has opened for; as he puts it, "For a slew of folks who got paid a heck of a lot more than I did." Those he has opened for include; but not limited to, Chris LeDoux, T.G. Sheppard, Neal McCoy, Hal Ketchum, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Little Eva, Chad &Jeremy, Blake Shelton, Jeannie C. Riley. Mychall can sing any genre of music. He is very versatile.
Mychall signed with Rock -N- Country Management in November of 2006, and with the assistance of Kay and Joe Javens, CEO/Artists Managers, his dream of is beginning to take form. He recently completed his third CD: "The Devil Made Me Do It".
Pittsburgh Passion Game Summary
PASSION NASHVILLE BOUND!
The Pittsburgh Passion defeated the Cleveland Fusion, 49-15 to advance to the 2007 NWFA World Championship Game. Pittsburgh continued their impressive playoff run with their third win of the season over the Fusion. The numerology of the date 7/7/07 was in effect Saturday night as the Passion used 7 touchdowns to advance to their first championship game appearance.
Cleveland took the opening kickoff and drove the ball 59 yards down the field to get an opening score. Erica Ward carried the ball seven times on the opening drive for 55 of the yards and the Fusion opened up the game with a 7-0 lead. Pittsburgh got the ball back, but was only able to move 7 yards down the field on three plays. Janice Masters was called on to punt the football for the first time in three games and the entire course of the game changed. Team owner and DB Teresa Conn downed the punt at the Fusion's nine yard line. The inspired defense stood tall and allowed one yard of offense on the next possession. After getting the ball back, it took the offense just four plays to get on the scoreboard. Torina Henley bowled over two would-be tacklers into the endzone for an 11 yard score. Cristy Laudadio tacked on the extra point and the score was tied 7-7. After a Cleveland possession that did not record a yard of offense, the Passion took just five plays to score again. Lyndsi Hughes spun her way through the middle for another touchdown. Lisa Horton ran around the right corner for the two point conversion and the Passion led 15-7. After holding Cleveland to - 4 yards on the next possession, Pittsburgh went to the air. On the first offensive play of the drive, Lisa Horton threw a 48 yard bomb to Wilma Walton along the right side and the Passion led 22-7. Late in the 2 nd quarter, Lisa Horton connected on a 50 yard pass to Lori Johnson and Pittsburgh took a 29-7 lead into half-time.
Pittsburgh set the tone at the start of the 3rd quarter and secured a berth to Nashville. An 11 play, 62 yard drive, that used over 8 minutes of the clock was completed on Lisa Horton's 2nd TD pass to Wilma Walton. Torina Henley and Jenine Suprano also added a rushing touchdown in the 2nd half for the Passion. The offense was able to amass 448 yards of offense, while the defense held the Fusion to just 191 yards. Lisa Horton had another exceptional passing game going 9 for 12 with 179 yards and three touchdowns. Wilma Walton and Lori Johnson both accounted for 68 of her passing yards. Torina Henley carried the bulk of the rushing load with 19 carries for 90 yards to go along with her two touchdowns. Lyndsi Hughes also accounted for 79 yards on the ground and 30 yards in the air. Melissa Yeck once again led the defensive charge with 12 tackles. Ava Nickens accounted on six tackles and two sacks. Olivia Griswold had 9 tackles and knocked down two Fusion passes at the line of scrimmage. Sharon Vazquez had five tackles and an interception.
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