The Pittsburgh Passion (5-0) begin their three-game road trip Saturday, May 13, against the team that ended their 27-game winning streak last season, the Boston Renegades (4-0). The undefeated combatants meet at 6:00 p.m. at James R. O’Connor Stadium, part of Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.
When the Women of Steel hosted the Women of New England on the South Side at Cupples Stadium in 2016, the Black and Gold could not contain the Renegades offense from claiming a 51-32 victory.
For head coach Teresa Conn’s squad this season, they closed the home part of their Women’s Football Alliance campaign at the end of April with a 38-12 victory over the Philadelphia Phantomz (2-3). Last week at home, the Renegades recorded a 26-0 rout of the defending 2016 WFA National Champions, the DC Divas (2-3).
Luis Sanchez of mywsports.com has Pittsburgh listed at No. 4 in his WFA Power Rankings for Week 6 while Boston is ranked No. 2. The Passion moved down one spot this week in the Massey Ratings from second to third. Massey has the Renegades at No. 1.
PASSION JUST ROLLING ALONG
Tara Catone became the third player in Passion history with over 2,000 rushing yards in a career with her 26 yards on seven carries and a touchdown against Philadelphia. Gabrielle O’Neil powered through the Phantomz defense for 133 yards and two scores.
Last week’s take down of Philly saw Janice Masters complete 13-of-18 passes for 196 yards and three touchdowns. The 5-foot-8 quarterback from Lansing, Ohio has yet to throw an interception in 2017.
Angela Baker and Lisa Horton teamed up to haul in all three of Masters’ touchdown passes. Horton had her second career 100+ receiving yard game while Baker added one two-point conversion to the box score.
Over their first five matchups, the Black and Gold’s offensive line of Kaitlain Neidermeyer, Lauren Ferragonio, Samantha Simeone, Kate Sullivan, and Kim Zubovic has been the reason the team is averaging 48.2 points per game and has 46 first downs.
Three of Pittsburgh’s defensive line, Kim Zubovic, Kaitlyn Neidermeyer, and Chelsea Zahn, provided a persistent presence against the Philadelphia offense. They combined for 21 tackles, and Zahn delivered a sack.
Tia Montgomery led all tacklers with eight from her linebacker position while inside linebacker Kelcie Edmunds had seven stops and the other sack on the night. Defensive back Sharon Vasquez chipped in six tackles.
REFLECTING ON THE RENEGADES
Boston started the season strong with a 41-6 victory against the Phantomz in Philadelphia. Head coach John Johnson’s crew collected a 26-22 triumph on the road in their first meeting with the DC Divas. The Renegades third conquest was a convincing 54-19 win at home over the Montreal Blitz. Then came the Red, Black, and White’s shutout of the Women of the Federal City at home.
Savvy, veteran quarterback Allison Cahill is 75-of-127 for 901 yards, four interceptions, and nine touchdowns in four matchups. The 5-foot-5 signal caller from Uxbridge, Massachusetts owns a 91.4 passer rating so far this season.
Cahill’s preferred targets are wide receivers Emily Beinecke and Adrienne Smith, who have combined for seven touchdowns. Running back Stacey Tiamfook and tight end Kathryn Tylander have each hauled in a six-point reception.
Whitney Zelee is the Renegades’ leading rusher with 432 yards on 57 attempts and five touchdowns. Tiamfook is averaging eight yards every time she has the ball and contributed six trips to the end zone.
Leading tacklers for Boston’s stingy defense are linebacker Charlene Casey and defensive end Erin Diette. The Renegades unit is permitting just 11.8 points per game.
Linebackers Allie Genereux and Jessica Penta have two interceptions apiece. Defensive back Chante Bonds has five pass deflections and a pair of forced fumbles.
Next Up: The Passion enters their second bye week before facing off against the DC Divas Saturday, May 27 at Lee High School in Springfield, Virginia. The two adversaries take the field at 6:00 p.m.
From The Clipboard: The W Bowl weekend returns for the second consecutive year to the City of Bridges July 20-22, at Highmark Stadium on the South Side of Pittsburgh. The event features the WFA Championship contests for Divisions I, II, and III as well as the WFA All-American Game.
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