Recap vs. Boston Militia – July 11, 2009

D.C. Divas Claim Second Conference Championship With Thrilling Victory Over Boston
DC 27, Boston 21
By Rich Daniel

Boston, MA – The D.C. Divas won their second conference championship in team history and advanced to the IWFL national championship in Round Rock, Texas, courtesy of a thrilling 27-21, come-from-behind win over the Boston Militia.

The Divas (10-0) found themselves behind, 14-0, after one quarter. But the Divas quickly responded to that adversity and got right back into the game in the second period. Okiima Pickett blasted in from seven yards out to give the Divas their first points of the contest and bring the visitors back within 14-7. Allyson Hamlin then threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-13. The extra point conversion was blocked, however, and Boston went into halftime clinging to a one-point lead.

The Militia (9-1) maintained that lead until the fourth quarter, when Hamlin threw her second touchdown pass of the game to put the Divas ahead, 19-14. Boston denied the Divas’ two-point rushing attempt.

The Divas’ five-point margin held until Boston quarterback Allison Cahill scrambled 38 yards down the home sideline to put the Militia back on top, 21-19, with just under a minute to play in the game. Cahill’s touchdown seemingly sealed an Eastern Conference championship title for the Militia.

But on the ensuing kickoff, wide receiver Tara Stephenson caught the line drive kickoff and returned it 85 yards for a Divas touchdown. Stephenson then converted the two-point conversion to give the Divas a stunning 27-21 lead.

The Militia had two attempts to score on their final possession, but linebacker Trigger McNair registered a hard sack. Finally, defensive back Kathryn Hemlock picked off a Cahill pass with seconds remaining to seal the victory and clinch a spot in the national championship game.

The Divas improved their record to 10-0 and will play in the IWFL national title game on July 25 in Round Rock, Texas. The D.C. Divas will face the Kansas City Tribe (9-1), who defeated the Chicago Force, 40-14, in the Western Conference championship.

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