WOMEN'S INTERHALL GOLD LEAGUE: Pyros burn Purple Weasles in 6-0 win
PHIL KOESTERER and KEN CHAMPA
Mod Quad's "Civil War" lived up to its name. The Pyros of Pasquerilla East defeated the Purple Weasels of Pasquerilla West 6-0 in a rainy, hard-fought game Thursday night on West Riehle Field.
Penalties against PW and big plays from PE were the difference in a contest that remained scoreless until the final minutes.
Following an Erin Schulte interception deep in PW territory late in the half, the Purple Weasels were unable to put together a drive. PE forced PW to punt, but a penalty for not wearing flags against the Pyros on the punt return gave the ball back to PW. The Weasels could not take advantage of the second opportunity, however, and punted the ball back to the Pyros.
On its next possession, PE quarterback Lindsay Terifay scrambled for the game's only touchdown.
"One of the biggest plays of the game came when center Tara James prevented a PW punt returner from scoring a potential touchdown," said PE coach Stephen Gillespie. "The other was [Terifay's] touchdown."
The first half began slowly for both teams. A muddy playing field and steady rain were not conducive to extended drives for either offense.
The Weasels had several chances to score in the second half, but were unable to capitalize on the opportunities.
Schulte opened the second half by intercepting Terifay and returning the ball to the PE 10-yard line. The Purple Weasels were unable to convert, however, and turned over the ball on downs.
On their next drive, the Weasels took it to the end zone with a crisply executed hook-and-ladder play that was called back because running back Kristin Boyd was not wearing flags. Quarterback Leslie Schmidt was intercepted on the next play.
PW coach Mike Canfield was displeased with the officiating.
"It was the biggest injustice since the U.S. played the Soviet Union in the `72 Olympics," Canfield said referring to the first time the Americans lost the gold medal in men's basketball.
The Weasles just couldn't get the job done.
"They made two big stops in the red zone," said PW coach Jack Palma. "We couldn't convert."
The Pyros will now take possession of the Apple Cup, a trophy given each year to the winner of the Pasquerilla East-Pasquerilla West game.
Welsh 6, Badin 0
In a game that promised to be a battle of the defenses, the best defender of all proved to be the cold, steady rain falling on West Riehle Field. The Welsh Family Whirlwinds were able to work around the rain and defeat the Badin Bullfrogs.
Welsh's offense was relatively successful in the first half, moving the ball enough to pick up two first downs. The much-touted Welsh defense, with help from a slippery football, prevented the Bullfrogs from gaining so much as a single first down.
"Obviously the weather was a big factor in the game," said Badin coach Casey Wendeln. "It was hard for our quarterback because she had no grip on the ball."
Welsh was able to control time of possession allowing no turnovers and forcing Badin to punt on every drive.
"By stopping them and not turning the ball over, we were able to win the game with a couple big plays," said Welsh coach Joe Blaney.
Although completing passes proved difficult, Badin had moderate success running the ball. Amy Marshall and several other members of the Bullfrog backfield gained significant yardage with the option and the reverse.
The big break for Welsh came on the opening drive of the second half. The Whirlwinds opened the half with a pass for the first of three first downs on the drive. Freshman quarterback Lauren Hoeck connected with three different receivers, including sophomore Jamie McEldowney.
"We were throwing short passes, just enough to get first downs and move the ball," said Hoeck. "The rain was just an extra challenge."
Hoeck scrambled for a touchdown on the 13th play of that drive, but the play was called back for flag guarding.
On the next play, however, she connected with McEldowney for the game's only touchdown.
Despite the promising performance of its running backs, Badin was unable to answer with a score of their own.
"The weather played a factor, but we usually play pretty well in the rain," said Badin senior Beth Rimkus. "I think it was mostly a mental problem, because Welsh is a really good team and they came into the game undefeated."
"Our defense was great," added Wendeln. "Welsh was averaging something like 18 points a game, and we held them to one touchdown."
Breen Phillips 7, Pangborn 0
The Katie McFarland show was on as Breen-Phillips beat the Pangborn Phoxes. On a cold, windy, rainy night, McFarland, the Babes quarterback and team captain, dodged the raindrops as she ran for nearly 100 yards, a touchdown and six first downs.
"Katie played awesome, she was amazing out there tonight," said Babe freshman Lindsey Walz, one of McFarland's favorite targets.
McFarland scored early in the first half on a 20-yard option keeper.
"Scoring early allowed us to focus a lot and improve of other parts of our game," MacFarland said. "There are still little things we need to do [to win]."
In addition to running through the Phoxes, McFarland was able to complete four of her eight passes.
Walz, along with receiver Kelly Landers made life terrible for the Phoxes' defense, coming up with one big catch after another.
"[The rain] makes our offense harder to run," McFarland said. "But our receivers ran great routes tonight, it made it easier for me."
In addition to putting points on the board, the Babes dominated by controlling the ball almost the entire second half.
"The defense played great. They dominated. They [the Phoxes] barely had the ball in the second half at all," said Walz.
The game was kept close by the bend don't break defense of Pangborn. Twice BP took the ball to the Phoxes' 1-yard line, and twice came away with nothing.
But Pangborn's focus just wasn't there tonight.
"Our timing was off on offense and we made a lot of mental errors on defense too," said Phox sophomore receiver and tailback Tia Vonil.
Pangborn just couldn't stop McFarland's running.
"We just couldn't get the flags, we just couldn't do it tonight," said senior Pangborn captain Katrina Paulson
There were some bright spots for Pangborn in this game as well. Freshman quarterback Charlotte Troupis completed seven passes, five of them to Vanil.
"Charlotte did a nice job for us tonight," added Paulson.
After the game, BP indicated that it is looking towards the post-season already.
"Our goal is to win every game, we're hoping to make the playoffs," Walz said.
Pangborn remains optimistic as well moving towards to end of the season.
"We're using every game as a steppingstone, we will definitely be ready to play our next game," Vonil said.
All Sports Stories for Monday, October 8, 2001