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This Week's Matchups
The Freeze travels to Boston to take on the Mutiny. The Erie Illusion heads to Mass to play the Ravens, the W. Michigan Mayhem goes to Cleveland and people are saying this should be one heck of a game. The New Orleans Blaze goes to Pensacola to play the Power which could be another great match up. The Herricanes take the short trip to the Barracudas who are struggling with injuries. The Treetown Spitfie goes to Milwaukee to play the Momentum.The Comets heads to Ickey Woods territory to take on the Sizzle. The Kentucky Karma goes to St. Louis to play the Slam. The Austin Outlaws play the Lightning at home and this should be another great game for our fans. The Passion plays the Central PA Vipers, the Locomotion travels to East Tennessee to take on the Rhythm and the Dream plays their all time rival, the Alabama Renegades in Huntsville.
From Around The League:
Karma Blitzes Momentum, 33-0, to Run Record to 2-0
Rabish Throws for 167 Yards and Two Scores,
Runs for Another
Louisville, KY - The Kentucky Karma ran its record to 2-0 on the season with an impressive 33-0 rout of the Milwaukee Momentum in National Womens Football Association play at Holy Cross High School in Louisville on Saturday. Becky Rabish, who has been with the team since it began in 2004, started for the first time at quarterback and threw for two touchdowns while running for a third score in the win.
Team owner / coach Tom Hawkins was pleased with the team effort, and the improvements since last week's narrow 7-6 win over Cincinnati.
"We were much more efficient offensively," Hawkins observed. "And I was quite surprised that we were able to make some of the improvement from our first game to the second, with some of the personnel changes that we made. Overall, I had to be pretty pleased offensively. We still need a lot of repetitions. There's so much knowledge and timing that goes into being efficient, and we're still not there yet."
"The defense again played its normal solid, stellar game. We were able to play a lot of people on both sides of the ball, which is always good. But the biggest thing was the fact that we did execute."
The Karma looked ready to score on their first possession, after Rabish hit Donen Landrum with a 57 yard pass completion to the Milwaukee sixteen yard line. But two running plays netted just three yards, and the Karma turned the ball over on downs after two consecutive pass incompletions.
The defense, however, put together another solid effort, and after giving up a first down, forced the Momentum to punt from deep in their own territory. Sara Seitz ran the punt back 55 yards for an apparent touchdown, but the score was erased on a holding call that placed the ball at the Milwaukee 26. Four plays later, the Karma was finally on the board when Mary Clark dashed thirteen yards to paydirt with 6:39 to play in the first period. Erin McKenzie's extra point made a 7-0 ballgame.
For a while, the two teams settled into a defensive struggle, until Milwaukee finally got its offense moving in midway through the second period. A long pass completion put the ball at the Karma fifteen yard line, but the Momentum turned the ball over on the very next play when Vicky Carney intercepted a pass with 3:44 to play in the half.
The Karma then put together one of the most impressive drives of the afternoon, moving 81 yards in just eight plays. Seitz and Rabish ripped off runs of nine, eight, and eight yards to get things started, and Rabish came up with another long pass play to Landrum for 31 yards.
A defensive holding call on the pass play moved the ball to the Momentum 23 yard line with 46.8 seconds left in the half.
After an incompletion, Rabish connected on back-to-back passes, the first an eight yarder to Mary Clark and then a 16-yard pass to backup quarterback Jackie Wile for the score with 27.9 seconds remaining in the first half.
The point after failed, but the Karma went to the locker room up, 13-0. Hawkins felt the drive broke the ice for the team.
"It did. A lot of times, when you move the ball, but you have nothing to show for it, the team knows something is wrong and they have a tendency to get uptight," he pointed out. "Once you score, and you feel like you can score, you see a mental change. We played much more freely in the second half. I challenged them at the half to go out and play hard, and 'let it fall where it may'. They have to grow into the ability to believe into themselves; that's a process."
"That last drive of the first half went a long way towards making believers out of the team."
Rabish finished the day 7 for 14 passing for 167 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception. She also ran the ball ten times for 37 yards and a score. Hawkins was pleased with the effort.
"I'd give her a B-," he said. "There's no doubt that she did a very good job. I was pleased that when she did do something out of the scheme, she knew it immediately. She's very competitive, and you can take that (trait) and hone it."
The Karma spent almost the entire second half in the Milwaukee end of the field. After forcing the Momentum to punt on their first possession of the half, the Karma got great field position when the Milwaukee punter was tackled in the backfield at the Momentum 28. On fourth and eleven from the 29, however, Rabish's pass was complete to Erika Aimers for just five yards, giving the ball back on downs.
Again, the defense did the job, forcing a three-and-out, and the offense made up for the missed opportunity. Taking over on the Milwaukee 40 with 8:48 left in the third, it took four plays for the Karma to reach the end zone. Rabish netted seven yards on two carries, then Seitz took it 28 yards to the visitors' five. On the next play, Seitz blasted in with 7:04 remaining in the period. McKenzie's kick made it 20-0.
Milwaukee never really threatened from that point on against the Karma defense, with their next four possessions ending on downs, a fumble, a punt, and downs. In three of their final four possessions, the Karma registered sacks on third or fourth down to kill the drive. Amy Gubler had two sacks and Mary Clark had a sack and a fumble recovery as the Karma continually harassed the Momentum backs.
For the game, the Karma defense had five sacks, one fumble recovery, and an interception while allowing the Momentum just 65 yards in total offense. The team was particularly stingy on the ground, where the visitors managed just four yards on 31 carries.
The Karma offense, meanwhile, tacked on two more scores. Rabish connected with Wile for a second scoring pass late in the third, this time from 38 yards out, to push the lead out to 27-0.
The Karma's final score came with 8:50 to go, when Rabish ran the ball in from seven yards out to complete the scoring.
It was easily the Karma's most complete game of the year, and the offensive fireworks were a welcome sight to the coaches and players. The team rushed the ball 43 times for 179 yards, an average of 4.2 yards per carry. Seven different Karma players carried the ball, led by Seitz, who had 67 yards and a touchdown on just ten carries.
Rabish threw for 167 yards and two scores, and distributed the ball to four different receivers.
The balanced attack made even an "old-school" coach like Hawkins a happy man. "In this scheme, in time, we hope to get to where we can throw the ball whenever we want to, whether it's second and short, first and ten, even on fourth down," he said. "We've been pretty successful on the ground, but we've never been able to pass the ball effectively (in the past two years). I feel like you have to do both; right now I'm putting a little more emphasis on the passing game so that we can get to the point that the ladies have confidence in the passing game. If, in one play, you can pick up anywhere between 8 and 15 yards, it does take something out of the defense."
The Karma improves to 2-0 on the season and now goes on a three game road trip, with games at St. Louis, Columbus (OH), and Cincinnati on May 5th, 12th, and 19th, respectively, before coming home on June 2nd to play the St. Louis Slam at Holy Cross High School Alumni Field in Louisville at 7 pm.
For more information on the KY Karma go to kentuckykarma.com
Alabama Renegades Kick Off Home Season
The Alabama Renegades Women's Football Team kicks off their home season of play this weekend. The Renegades will face the Nashville Dream Saturday, May 5. The game will start at 7:00pm at Goldsmith Schiffman Field. Even though the Renegades are still looking for their first win of the season, they are excited about hosting the Dream in their first home game. The Dream won their first game of the season last weekend by beating the East Tennessee Rhythm. The Renegades and Dream are long standing rivals and this weekend's game will prove to be an exciting one.
The Renegades will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with their fans Saturday night. Beads will be tossed out during the game to cheering fans and drawings will be held for great prizes.
Tickets for the game can be purchased prior to Saturday by emailing email@example.com. Tickets will also be available at the gate Saturday night. Don't miss the exciting and hard-hitting action of women's full contact football this weekend.
For additional information about the Alabama Renegades, please visit our website
at AlabamaRenegades.net or call (256) 830-4537
AUSTIN OUTLAWS 2-0, TAKE ON DIVISION RIVALS OKLAHOMA CITY LIGHTNING!
The Austin Outlaws Women's Football Team will host their third home game of the regular this weekend, Saturday, May 5th against division rival Oklahoma City Lightning.
The Outlaws are coming off a huge 68-24 win over the Dallas Rage, putting them at 2-0 for the regular season. This key game against the Oklahoma City Lighting, also with a record of 2-0, will identify the front-runner for the NWFA Southwest Division.
The Outlaws and the Lightning have been division opponents since 2002, with the Lightning taking home victories in the last few seasons. Both teams boast aggressive running games and hard hitting defenses. The Outlaws look to their experienced backfield and line, who've posted approximately 854 rushing yards in their first two games, to propel them to a win on Saturday night. Offensive standouts such as RB's Shadana Hurd and Monica Gauck, both posting well over 100 rushing yards a piece in each of their first two games, will most likely turn in key performances for the Outlaws.
The game will be played at House Park Stadium, which is located at 12th and Lamar. Kickoff is at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased online at AustinOutlaws.com or at the gate. Children twelve and under get in free. Half-time entertainment will feature several dance routines by local performing group, Hip Hop Culture.
The Outlaws are members of the National Women's Football Association and the only women's football team in Austin. The Outlaws play in the Southwest Division and will battle rival teams in the Oklahoma City Lightning, Dallas Rage, Gulf Coast Herricanes, and the Pensacola Power.
For more information about our practices or team, you can visit the team website at AustinOutlaws.com. You can also contact Lily Messina at (512) 796-0108 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information on the National Women's Football Association, please visit womensfootballcentral.com
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