Valkyries advance to final with easy win
BY DON RICE, THE STARPHOENIX
Both teams walked away from Sunday's Western Canadian Women's Football League rain-soaked playoff game at Griffiths Stadium with smiles on their faces.
The Saskatoon Valkyries were grinning most broadly after handing the Manitoba Fearless a 48-6 setback in their semifinal matchup.
But the Fearless were pleased too. After being shut out by a combined 260-0 score in five previous games against the Valkyries over the last four years, the Fearless finally lit up the scoreboard with a late touchdown of their own.
"We got up in this game and lost a little bit of focus in the second half," said Valkyries head coach Jeff Yausie. "But certainly we accomplished our goal, which is to get ready for the next playoff game."
"(Manitoba) played hard and I was happy for them, actually, to see them punch it in and score."
Marisa Milani, subbing in at quarterback for the Fearless who trailed 48-0 late in the game, kept the ball on a third-down gamble. She barely beat a Valkyrie defender around the end. The six-yard touchdown for the Fearless came with just 36.3 seconds left.
"They played really hard and they played right to the end. It's a nice way to finish the year," said Craig Bachynski, the Fearless head coach who also noted the bus ride home would feel a lot shorter.
After the Valkyries went up 7-0 on their first drive on a five-yard Samantha Matheson rushing touchdown, the Fearless started rolling with a couple of first downs on their own first drive. Then quarterback Heather Sedgerewich just missed Janelle Tarr on a long pass behind the Valkyrie defence that would have been a touchdown.Read more...