Who Needs Rams When St. Louis Has Slam? Female Football Team Wins National Title


Slam-a-Lam-a-Ding-Dong: St. Louis players rejoice Saturday. - STLSLAM1.COM
  • stlslam1.com
  • Slam-a-Lam-a-Ding-Dong: St. Louis players rejoice Saturday.
I'm not much of a sports reporter (commenters on this blog would tell you I'm not much of any kind of reporter), so please excuse the fact that I didn't realize our St. Louis Slam played this past weekend for the Womens Football Alliance championship.

And not only did the Slam compete for the title -- they won it! The all-female team (which plays its home games at CBC High School) wrapped up its perfect 10-0 season Saturday in New Orleans with a 21-14 victory over the West Michigan Mayhem.

Read the entire account of the game (per the Slam PR department) after the jump, and then ponder this: How long will St. Louis have to wait for another local football team that rhymes with Slam to win it all?

The St. Louis SLAM women's full contact football team are now the champions of the Women's Football Alliance for the first time in team history after a 21-14 victory over the West Michigan Mayhem last Saturday.  The undefeated SLAM traveled to Pan Am Stadium in New Orleans, LA, for a championship game showdown with the undefeated Mayhem, and they returned home to St. Louis with the championship trophy on board.  The SLAM finished a perfect 8-0 in the 2009 regular season and made their run to the championship with wins over Las Vegas, Jacksonville, and finally West Michigan.  The title game was a battle of two dominating defenses, with the SLAM defense forcing key turnovers and scoring the winning TD on a forced fumble. 
The Mayhem jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter and held a 7-0 lead through halftime.  The SLAM got back in the game after halftime, scoring on a run by tailback, Danielle Cullen (15 carries, 37 yards, 2 TDs) early in the half.  The Mayhem responded with another TD to take back the lead at 14-6.  The SLAM defense then took over the game and would not allow the Mayhem another score on the night.  After Cullen registered her second TD of the game, tailback Toya "Turtle" Brown ran for the two-point conversion on a fake reverse play.  With the game tied 14-14 in the fourth quarter, linebacker Rachael Hinkle came up with the highlight play of the night, ripping the ball out of the hands of the Mayhem tailback and taking it 40 yards in the opposite direction for the SLAM's winning touchdown.  The SLAM ran down the clock and made one last defensive stand, ending the Mayhem's hope for the title.
SLAM veteran middle linebacker, Kelly Kozlen, was named MVP of the game after an outstanding performance that included a team-leading 14 tackles. Linebackers, Toya Brown (11 tackles) and Tiara Pettis (9 tackles), as well as defensive lineman, Myrt Davis (3 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, 1 sack) also stepped up big and rattled the normally high-scoring Mayhem offense.  Despite a slow night for the SLAM offense, veteran wide receiver, Gail Graff (4 receptions, 36 yards), fullback, Chris "The Bus" Hampton (4 receptions, 75 yards), and QB Liz Lacy (166 yards passing) had some big gains in the passing game.

The SLAM now enters the offseason as the 2009 Women's Football Alliance Champions. They will begin offseason training and tryouts for new players in the coming months.  For more information on the St. Louis SLAM, please visit the website at www.stlslam.com or contact the SLAM at [email protected].


Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.