CONTACT: DEBBY LENING
Week 3 Summary
The Freeze kept its winning streak alive beating the Ravens. The Karma showed its winning form and beat the Momentum. The Locomotion beat the Renegades. Locomotion's RB S. Loveless had 16 carries for 162 yards and 4 TD's and Locomotion RB D.Montgomery had 21 carries for 147 yards and 1 TD.The Blaze beat the Barracudas, The Comets beat the Flash in a game shortened by weather and the Power powered past the Herricanes. The Passion under the guidance of QB Lisa Horton beat the Sizzle. The Cleveland Fusion beat the Baltimore Burn in the rain. OKC in front of a big home crowd beat the Slam in a thrilling game and the Crush beat out the Phoenix for the win. The Outlaws beat the Rage in a high scoring game and the Dream beat the upstart Rhythm. In our Western Division, the Phoenix Prowlers beat the O.C. Breakers.
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Blaze Bounce Back to Shutout Barracudas
Kenner, LA - The New Orleans Blaze women's tackle football team methodically wore down the undermanned Emerald Coast Barracudas on Saturday night, 30-0, at Bertolino Stadium in an intra-divisional game of the National Women's Football Association (NWFA). Led by running back Danielle Coleman's 123 yards on 17 carries, the Blaze offense quickly staked themselves to an early lead that was never threatened. The visiting Emerald Coast Barracudas valiantly played the game from behind but could not muster up the offense to overcome the New Orleans defense which at times bent but did not break and scored its first shutout of 2007. The Blaze scored 5 shutouts in 2005.
The New Orleans Blaze (1-1, 1-0) played a quick but gritty game against the Barracudas in their first home game since Hurricane Katrina. Quarterback Chris Zboril engineered several long drives with Coleman getting the majority of the yards on the ground and wide receiver Lynette Kokemor scoring on both a passing and rushing touchdown. Zboril and fullback Paula Mischler added the other two touchdowns while rookie kicker Marika Barto continued her quality kicking with a 25-yard field goal in the second quarter.
Scoring on its first drive, it looked like it might be an easy runaway for the Blaze. With an undersized roster on hand for the game, Emerald Coast (0-2, 0-2) still managed to give the Blaze fits. New Orleans would not score another touchdown until midway through the second quarter but then started to quickly move up and down the field adding another two touchdowns and Barto's 25-yard field goal. New Orleans was on the verge of scoring again before the clock ran out at the half with the Blaze inside the Barracudas 15 yard line. The Blaze managed to score only one touchdown in the second half and missed the PAT as the visiting Barracudas continued to put up a resilient fight when they should have been worn out.
The Blaze's next home game is against the Pensacola Power on Saturday, May 5. The game will take place at Buddy Lawson Field located at 1824 Short Street 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 under 10 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.
Phoenix Prowlers Pounce OC Breakers
Phoenix, AZ.- The Phoenix Prowlers continued their domination of the Western conference taking on the previously undefeated Western Division Champion Orange County Breakers. After an ominous sand storm coated the city in dust, the Breakers and Prowlers hit the field to determine who would take the lead in the Western Division and show to be the team to beat in the West. After the dust settled, for the second time of the night, the Prowlers had held the Breakers scoreless for the first time ever and had again scored a solid 36 points despite dropping a TD pass late and failing to convert on another trip deep in the OC red zone earlier in the quarter. OC relied on their strong and reliable running game and had intermittent success. Led by #87 Suzanne Linn and #30 Julie Ciccarelli, the Breakers pounded away at the 1,350 LB Prowler Defensive line led by #92 Kim Hoke, #56 Falonia Edenburgs and #54 Karmen Hawkins and its 2 All-star LB's #65 Angie Darnel and #41 Kyi Drago. Despite several good runs and one breakaway big gain, the Breakers could never get on track against the suffocating Prowlers defense.
The Prowler Offense started out strong, passing at will to #22 Amy Lewis and running behind #33 Jennifer Calusine, #24 Arlene Locklin and #42 Desiree Balliard. The Prowlers put together another solid game accumulating 300 yards in offense behind their massive O Line led by #61 Amy Arnold, #70 Becky Gamble and #74 Michelle Munksguard. #16 QB Angela D'Rossi put up another set of impressive numbers to keep her 116 QB rating #1 in the league. However, the biggest star on offense for the Prowlers was its defense. Kyi Drago took interceptions back 70 and 80 yards for Touchdowns. The Breakers showed their Championship spirit throughout the entire game and never slowed down and fought for every single yard. Orange County's defense was tenacious and the Prowler backs had to fight through multiple tacklers on every play. This match-up looks to be a strong and heated rivalry in the West between two strong and determined teams. With these two teams meeting three times this season it promised to be a war each time. The Prowlers know OC will come out next time with renewed determination to regain the top spot in the West and that they are fully capable of doing so. The Prowlers have set their sites on the Western Division championship and don't plan to let anyone get in their way.
Fusion and Cavs win big!
Cleveland, OH. - Cleveland sports fans almost had a trifecta of sorts going on Saturday. Not including the NFL draft that featured the Browns, that is. The Cavs went to Washington, the Fusion went to Baltimore (just up the road a piece) while Baltimore's baseball team played the Indians here in Cleveland.
The Cavs won 98-82, the Indians lost 7-4. The Fusion also won 24-8. Two out of three isn't so bad for our town.
It was misty and slightly muddy at the 5:30 pm kickoff Saturday evening at Baltimore's Southwestern Senior High football field, and it took a while for the two teams to settle in. There was no electricity, no lights and no scoreboard. The first quarter was primarily a defensive battle, with possessions going back and forth fairly evenly.
With 9:15 remaining in the second quarter, wide receiver Shannon Anderson turned into a running back, as leading rusher Martina Latessa was off getting her dinged ankle re-taped, and took the ball in from 19 yards out. Anderson then ran in the 2 point conversion, and the score at the end of the first half was 8-0, Fusion.
Baltimore did come close in the last minute of the half: they were actually at the 2-yard line, but a penalty knocked them back to the 7 and fourth down. The Fusion defense held on and kept the 0 on the board for the Burn.
With 4:27 left in the third quarter Latessa took a pitchout from quarterback Casey Stinson and ran 27 yards for the TD. She then ran in the 2 point conversion, as well. Four and half minutes into the fourth quarter, Latessa scored again, this time on a 2 yard run. Anderson made the 2 point conversion, bringing the score to 28-0.
Unfortunately for the Fusion, after a long gain deep into Burn territory, the normally sure-handed Anderson fumbled, and Burn wide receiver Regina Nolan scooped up the ball. A run of 72 yards put the Burn on the scoreboard for the first time with 3:21 left to play. Burn quarterback Carrie Jeanerett passed to Teneka Freeman for the 2 point conversion. The final score was 24-8, Fusion.
Despite the rain and being sacked twice, Fusion QB Stinson completed 7 of her 15 attempts for 81 yards. Leading rusher Latessa totalled 138 yards on 20 carries with 2 TDs, while Anderson covered 53 yards on 9 carries with 1 TD. Receiving honors went to wide receiver Shauna Nevel who had 6 catches for 72 yards. Her longest gain was 25 yards. Danielle Lurry caught one pass for 9 yards.
On the defensive side, leading tackler was Stefanie Russo with 5 solos and 3 assists, along with Jolie Jesensky with 2 solos and 5 assists. Veronica Rucker had 2 solos and 4 assists. Peru Barber had one of each plus an interception good for 12 yards. Jackie Tadych also had an interception for one yard, and deflected a pass. Stephanie Balochko had one solo and 4 assists.
Saturday May 5 is the first home game of the 2007 season for the Cleveland Fusion. Their opponent is the West Michigan Mayhem; kickoff is at 7:05 at Bedford's Bearcat Stadium. For tickets or information, go to: CevelandFusion.com or call 419.271.4278.
-- Kelly Ferjutz -- Staff Writer -- Cleveland Fusion
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