The battle for bragging rights in the Keystone State is Saturday, April 29 as the Pittsburgh Passion (4-0) host the Philadelphia Phantomz (1-2) in their last home game of the regular season. The captains meet at midfield for the coin toss at 7:00 p.m. at Joe P. DeMichela Stadium.
Head coach, Teresa Conn’s crew, claimed their first road victory last week 72-6 against the Dark Angels (1-2) in Detroit. The Women of Steel are 5-0 all-time against the Women of the Motor City. After this week, the Passion closes out the 2017 campaign with their last three matchups on the road.
Kyle Wescott of mywsports.com has the Black and Gold at No. 4 in his Women’s Football Alliance Power Rankings for Week 4. Pittsburgh moved up from seventh last week to fifth this week in the Massey Ratings. Massey has Philadelphia at No. 21.
PASSION GROUNDS DARK ANGELS
Kia Foster contributed her third consecutive game with over 100+ rushing yards with her 122-yard performance on 12 carries against Detroit. The 5-foot-6 running back from Hermitage, Pennsylvania tied her career best with three touchdowns during the contest. Gabrielle O’Neil and Tara Catone each added one trip to the end zone. O’Neil put up 49 yards, and Catone recorded 57 yards.
Janice Masters also tied a career high with three touchdowns through the air as she completed 9 of 13 passes for 155 yards. Lisa Horton connected on 3 of 4 pass attempts for 41 yards and six points in the end zone.
Horton hauled in six passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. Angela Baker had four receptions for 53 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Rookie wide receiver Courney Bender registered her first career touchdown in the convincing win over the Dark Angels.
Detroit’s scoreboard operator was busy as the Black and Gold, under special teams coach Joe Tindal, collected a new team-best total of nine 2-point conversions.
For second-year defensive back Ashley DiCicco, it was a good night as she led Pittsburgh defense with seven tackles. Defensive end/linebacker Chelsea Zahn added a sack and a forced fumble to the box score. Defensive end Kiara Keys picked up her first fumble recovery this season while veteran defensive lineman Kim Zubovic had two sacks.
Linebacker Kim Dreischalick, free safety Kim Beaver, and rookie defensive back Jana Meister tallied two tackles apiece. Linebackers Tia Montgomery and Hannah Daman kept the Detroit passing attack off balance as they each came up with a pass deflection.
Philadelphia opened their 2017 campaign with back-to-back losses at home to the DC Divas 28-8 and Boston Renegades 41-6. Head coach Star Wright’s squad claimed their first victory 52-7 last week against the Nighthawks in Baltimore.
For the Phantomz faithful, the Black and Green has put up 66 points over three contests while permitting 76. Philly was 5-3 in 2016 and made the WFA Division 2 playoffs.
Two of the key components of the Philly offense are quarterback Satoria Bell and running back Shantia Creech as they are the two leading rushers. When Bell does go back to pass, Angela Wells has been a favorite target.
The quartet of Kia Ivery, Tyra Williams, Qiana Wright, and Lisa Fisher are the leading tacklers on defense. Erika Daughtry has contributed on fumble recoveries and passes deflected.
From The Clipboard: The Passion celebrates this Saturday their annual “For Those Who Serve” Appreciation Night. It is time to honor the men and women who help all of us as Police, Firefighters, EMS and Military.
Next Up: Pittsburgh has the first of their two bye weeks next weekend. The Black and Gold return to the gridiron Saturday, May 13 on the road against the Boston Renegades (2-0). This matchup at Catholic Memorial School in West Roxbury, Massachusetts gets underway at 6:00 p.m.
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