Valkyries end perfect season on perfect note
BY DON RICE, THE STARPHOENIX JULY 7, 2014
Coaches expected this to be a rebuilding season for the Saskatoon Valkyries, with new players filling almost half their roster.
Instead, the Valkyries wrapped up the most dominant season in league history, winning a fourth straight Western Women’s Canadian Football League championship with a 53-0 thrashing of the visiting Lethbridge Steel at Griffiths Stadium on Saturday night. The Valkyries were a perfect 7-0 this year, outscoring opponents 339-28. It was the third straight year the Valkyries defeated the Steel in the league final.
“I think we put together a complete game,” said Valkyrie starting quarterback Candace Bloomquist. “Our defence scored a touchdown, our special teams scored a touchdown. It’s when you get those types of situations where everybody’s scoring, you feel like everybody’s playing as a team. It really feels nice to see that fourth one in a row.”
Bloomquist, who has led the Valkyries in passing all four of their WWCFL seasons, announced her retirement following the game. She saved her best performance for her final one, passing for a career high 347 yards and adding two touchdown tosses. She was named the game’s most valuable player.
The strong-armed quarterback distributed the ball to six different receivers, going 21 for 30. The performance was the first time she had thrown for more than 300 yards in a single game while the passing attempts and completions were also a career high. She threw fearlessly into double and triple coverage, hitting the bull’s-eye on several throws.
“It’s the best game I’ve seen Candace play as a quarterback,” said Valkyries head coach Jeff Yausie. “We know she’s a great quarterback, but lots of times we run the ball and get up early and we don’t let her go. But today we let her be Candace.” Read more...
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