DePaul's second-half TD leads Phoxes over Finest, 7-0
By JASON KROMPINGER
Utilizing a big play on offense and some very tenacious defense, Pangborn pulled out a 7-0 victory over Farley on a rainy Sunday on McGlinn fields.
The Pangborn defense made its presence felt from the first series of the game. Following a first down picked up by the Finest on their first play from scrimmage, the Phoxes sacked Farley quarterback Meghan Sheehan on the next two plays and pick her off on third down.
Pangborn quarterback and captain Jill DePaul, however, fared no better on her opening possession. Two short completions went for minimal gain, and an incompletion on fourth down turned the ball back over to Farley.
The teams traded possession the entire first half, with Farley punting two more times and Pangborn turning the ball over on downs twice due to some timely tackles by Farley captain Jen Ross.
"Our defense stuck it out, as usual," DePaul said.
DePaul showed off some speed and scored the only points of the game on Pangborn's first play from scrimmage of the second half. On a quarterback draw, DePaul appeared not to be keyed by any Farley linebacker and sprinted untouched 80 yards for a touchdown.
The Phoxes' defense held tough the rest of the game and Pangborn had its first victory. Farley's record fell to 1-4.
BP 13, Cavanaugh 6
In a battle between two red-hot teams, Breen Philips pulled off a stellar victory to boost its record to 4-0 and all but assure itself a playoff spot, as Breen-Phillips defeated Cavanaugh 13-6.
Some picture-perfect passing by Chaos quarterback Mandy Reimer on her opening drive of the game made it appear that Cavanaugh would have an easy day on offense. With passes to the receiver rotation of Meg Myers and Melissa Marcotte, Reimer drove through the BP defense without a dropped ball.
The Chaos scored quickly and went up 6-0 before quarterback Jenny Choy and the Babes offense had stepped on to the field.
The Babes would strike back on their first possession, but not with the same grace as the Chaos. After Choy drove the team down to Cavanaugh's 30, the defense was hampered by a couple of interference penalties, bringing the ball down to the five.
From there, Choy hit receiver Erin West for a touchdown. The Babes converted the point after touchdown, and led 7-6 at the half.
Cavanaugh's offense would never regain the poise it showed on its opening possession. The increased slickness of the field due to the rain caused more dropped passes and broken plays. Breen Philips was able to take advantage of Cavanaugh's miscues and scored in the third quarter on a pass from Choy to receiver Karen Swanson.
Two late game comeback attempts by Cavanaugh were killed by interceptions.
Badin 6, Howard 2
By 5 p.m. Sunday, the rain was coming down in buckets on the Notre Dame campus.
By 6 p.m., the Badin Frogs had stunned the Howard Ducks by pulling off a messy 6-2 victory and handing them their first loss of the season.
Badin concentrated on its running game early on — unusual in a flag-football league — and emerged with limited success. Neither team seemed to really be able to get any solid earth under its feet, and a decent run by Badin was usually followed with a stuff by the Howard defense.
After a scoreless first half, which can be attributed more to the driving rain than anything else, Badin struck early in the fourth quarter on a quick pass over the middle that went 55 yards for a score.
The real controversy of the game came on the conversion attempt by Badin. On the attempt, a Howard player picked off the Badin pass and began to scamper toward the end zone.
The referees blew the whistle shortly after the ball was intercepted, as they were unaware that a conversion can be returned by the opposing team for two points should the opposing team reach the end zone.
Despite the whistle, the Howard player returned the ball the distance, thinking that she had two points for her team. An argument erupted, but the referees continued the game with the score 6-0 Badin.
Later in the fourth, a RecSports official explained the rule to the official and in a bizarre call, the referee awarded the Ducks two points despite initially having blown the play dead.
Despite the controversial officiating, Badin hung on for the victory.
All Sports Stories for Tuesday, October 5, 1999