Cierra Childress opened the game with an eight yard return to the 26 yard line. Jenny Schmidt found Larisha Graves for a 20 yard gain to the 46 yard line. However, a bad snap forced the Tribe into a punting situation. Schmidt booted the ball 44 yards, and the Slam offense took over at its own 21 yard line. A combination of running plays, including quarterback keeps led St. Louis to the 13 yard line where Kate Evers connected with a Slam receiver for a 13 yard touchdown. The PAT was good and the Slam led 7-0 with 7:32 remaining in the first quarter.
Childress returned the ensuing kick-off 44 yards to the Slam 35 yard line, and the Tribe offense went to work. A series of runs by Larisha Graves resulted in fourth down an six. Schmidt connected with Liz Sowers for a 12 yard gain to the 19 yard line. Schmidt then hit Graves for a six yard pass, followed by a five yard pass to Mindy White to move the chains and make it first and goal. Graves ran the ball in the endzone for a nine yard TD. Sweeten failed to connect on the extra point, and the Tribe trailed by a point with 3:26 remaining in the initial quarter.
Defensive end, Cindel Harris, produced three straight tackles, one for a loss of three yards, to seemingly force a Slam punt. Quarterback Evers faked the punt, but the Tribe defense stopped her for no gain, and the offense took over on downs on the St. Louis 46. The offense could not get in a rhythm and went three and out. Schmidt punted the ball to the 24 yard line.
After a short gain, the Tribe defense made three stops and the Slam booted the ball to the Tribe 10 yard line. Schmidt connected with Lara Guscott, Katie Sowers, Mindy White and Larisha Graves to advance the ball past mid-field to the Slam 35 yard line. The drive finished with a four yard completion from Schmidt to Liz Sowers in the endzone. However, the Tribe failed to make the two point conversion, and led 12-7 with 6:59 remaining in the half.
The Tribe defense again forced a St. Louis punt, and after a touchback, Kansas City retook possession with just over five minutes remaining in the second period. After an incomplete pass, Schmidt scrambled 30 yards to advance past the 50 yard line. Graves added a short run before Schmidt connected with Guscott for a 44 yard score. Amanda Shell added the extra point, making the score 19-7 with 3:19 remaining in the half.
St. Louis managed to advance the ball past mid-field before Katie Sowers picked off Evers. Schmidt once again used her arsenal of receivers to quickly advance the ball before once again finding Guscott across the middle for another 44 yard TD pass. Shell added the PAT and the Tribe led 26-7 with seven seconds remaining before halftime. After receiving the kick-off, the Slam took a knee to end the quarter.
Kansas City kicked off the ball to start the third quarter. The Slam offense advanced the ball to the one yard line before a false start moved them back to the six. Evers once again managed to find a receiver in the endzone. After the extra point, the score read 26-14 Tribe, with 11:54 remaining in the third period.
Both teams exchanged punts to wind down the third quarter. The fourth quarter started with more of the same, until a series of runs by Graves took Kansas City to the St. Louis 26 yard line, where Schmidt connected with Liz Sowers for the score. Shell added the point after to make the score 33-14. The Slam failed to convert on its next possession and the Tribe offense ran the clock out to finish the game.
Linebackers, Magdalen Obiefule and Mindy White, led the defensive charge with 12 tackles each. Katie Sowers added eight.
The Tribe improved to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in division play. Next week the team travels to Tulsa, Oklahoma to take on the Tulsa Threat.