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ST. LOUIS SLAM WIN CHAMPIONSHIP
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 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 St. Louis 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].
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