The Pittsburgh Passion, who put together a 6-2 record during the regular season in 2016, observe their 15th anniversary in 2017. The Black and Gold claimed their sixth division crown with their first place finish in the Central North Division of the Northeast Region of the National Conference of the Women’s Football Alliance.
Looking back at the 2016 campaign, the Women of Steel entered the postseason for the ninth time since 2007. Pittsburgh’s high-octane offense put up 358 points over the eight-game regular season, a 44.8 points per game average. The defense allowed 122 points, a 15.2 PPG average.
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The Passion first took to the gridiron in 2002 and collected three National Championships in 2007, 2014 and 2015. They were undefeated in each of those championship runs.
For this year’s march to the WFA playoffs, Pittsburgh will call Joe P. DeMichela Stadium their home at West Allegheny High School in Imperial, Pennsylvania. Kickoff is 7:00 p.m. for all of their Saturday home contests.
Pittsburgh begins their latest championship quest April 1st against division rival the Columbus Comets. This match-up also serves as the home opener. The Black and Gold downed the Comets 48-3 in Week 2 last season.
The Passion welcome the Baltimore Nighthawks April 8th to the City of Bridges. The turnpike rivalry is renewed April 15th when the Cleveland Fusion comes to the Burgh. The Women of Steel shut out Cleveland 43-0 in 2016 at Milhalik-Thompson Stadium at Slippery Rock University.
The final home meeting is April 29th when Pittsburgh battles cross state rival, the Philadelphia Phantomz. The Passion will face the Detroit Dark Angels, the Boston Renegades, Columbus, and the Washington D.C. Divas on the road.
Boston outscored Pittsburgh 51-32 during Week 6 of the regular season while the Divas ended the Black and Gold’s postseason run in Round 2 41-29 in Maryland. The Passion clipped the Dark Angels twice in 2016 by scores of 55-6 and 63-8.
2017 Pittsburgh Passion Schedule
April 1: Columbus (Home): 7 pm
April 8: Baltimore (Home): 7 pm
April 15: Cleveland (Home): 7 pm
April 22: @ Detroit (Away)
April 29: Philadelphia (Home): 7 pm
May 6: Bye Week
May 13: @ Boston (Away)
May 20: Bye Week
May 27: @ D.C (Away)
June 3: @ Columbus (Away)
*WFA Playoffs Start June 10*
Photo Credit: Larry Snyder – April 23, 2016