Top quarterbacks face off in PE-BP battle
By KATIE KINNER and MATT LOZAR
With the end of the season quickly approaching, the scramble to the playoffs will be marked by the competition between two scrambling quarterbacks when Pasquerilla East meets Breen-Phillips on Sunday afternoon.
Katie McFarland, the Babes' star offensive player, and PE quarterback Lindsay Terifay will attempt to lead their teams to victory and into the playoffs.
"We are definitely looking toward the future," said BP captain Jenny Wahoske, whose team holds a record of 2-1-1.
McFarland has been the key to this success, dominating the Babes' game against Pangborn. On a wet night, she made several completions to BP receivers Lindsay Walz and Kelly Landers while also running for a 20-yard touchdown.
"Katie takes the cake on offensive because of her mobility, the rest of us are just a supporting cast," said Wahoske.
PE's Lindsay Terifay had her own touchdown run in the Pyros' win against Pasquerilla West. Dashing for the only score of the game in the final minutes of the second half, Terifay helped the Pyros secure a win against their rivals.
Both teams also perform well defensively. Breen-Phillips is led by junior Tessa Sainz, who has played strongly at outside linebacker after the loss of senior Kelly Deckleman, who broke her collarbone in the Babes' loss to Welsh Family.
"Tessa is all over the place and has really stepped up to fill the hole left by Kelly," said Wahoske.
Wahoske also pointed out that BP has shut out every team this season except for Welsh and Badin, conceding only three touchdowns all season.
PE's defense has also been a key to the team's play, with strong showings against Pangborn and in a loss to Lyons earlier this season.
Cavanaugh vs. Farley
Since the schedule came out, this game has been circled on the calendar for Cavanaugh's Katie Burdick and Farley's coach Irish Thompson. They both work at Rolfs Aquatic Center and have been reminding each other of the impending match-up.
"We've been talking some since the beginning of the semester," said Burdick, a senior wide receiver for the Chaos. "I've seem him scouting us so I know he is concerned."
For Farley, the coaching staff has stressed that this game has intra-quad bragging rights on the line.
"We've told the girls that if you win this game, you have can brag about it in the dining hall," said Chris Cordes, senior coach for Farley. "Our season is over concerning the playoffs, but we want to put a damper on Cavanaugh's season."
In their 13-12 win over Howard Tuesday night, the Chaos extended their unbeaten streak to four games. Since an opening game loss to Lewis, the Chaos have used their defense to clinch a playoff berth.
"The defense, except for the game against Howard, has held the other team to one touchdown or less," Burdick said. "That helps the offense because it doesn't have to score on every possession."
Senior safety Allison Dennhardt and linebackers senior Sara Elberts and junior Sarah Dreznes have led the Cavanaugh defense.
Tuesday night, Farley picked up their first victory of the year with a 6-0 win against Off Campus. Farley looks to keep this momentum going in their final game.
"We scored early in the first half and that gave us confidence for the rest of the game," said Cordes. "The offense had a lot more fun and started taking over the play calling."
With the playoffs already clinched, the Chaos do not plan on just going through the motions in this game. They have some incentive to defeat the Finest.
"It is a different feeling knowing that you are in the playoffs," said Burdick. "We are kinda hoping to get a higher seed in the playoffs so this game is just as important as the others."
"We told our seniors this is their last game and to play their hardest. But this last week, we have been all about having fun.," said Cordes.
The women's interhall blue league regular season games ends with this contest on Sunday at 3 p.m. on McGlinn Fields.
All Sports Stories for Friday, October 12, 2001