The Tribe opened the game kicking off to the Tulsa Threat. The Threat failed to recover the ball, and Tiffany Cartwright secured the ball, giving the Tribe offense its initial possession at the Tulsa 31 yard line. Jenny Scmidt quickly found Lara Guscott in the flat for a 28 yard gain to give Kansas City first and goal from the three. The hand off to Larisha Graves resulted in a quick score. The PAT attempt was no good, however, and the Tribe led 6-0 less than two minutes into the game.
The ensuing kick-off traveled out of bounds, and the Threat offense started at the 35 yard line. After a quick three and out, the punt landed out of bounds at the Tribe 47. Graves carried for 11 yards, and then Schmidt connected with Courtney Hampton, fresh off injured reserve, for her first touchdown of the season, a 42 yard completion. Shell added the point after to make the score 13-0. The Tribe offense forced another three and out, and Guscott returned the punt 17 yards, to the Tulsa 36 yard line.
Schmidt found Liz Sowers down the seam for what appeared to be another score, but the touchdown was called back for an illegal person downfield. Not to be denied, the Tribe made quick work on the following play, as Schmidt once again threw to Hampton, this time for a 41 yard score. The two point conversion was no good, and the Tribe led 19-0 midway through the initial quarter.
Shell pinned the Threat at its own 12 yard line on the kick-off, but a long run advanced the ball to the 41. A 10 yard completion and a Tribe penalty moved the football into Tribe territory to the 44 yard line. However, Megan Franco made a tackle for a loss, followed by a 10 yard sack by Cindel Harris. The Threat attempted to punt, but a bad snap resulted in the Tribe offense taking over at the Tulsa 25 yard line.
It was de ja vu, as another Schmidt/Liz Sowers touchdown was called back for a Tribe penalty. Once again, the Tribe answered with a Graves 11 yard run, a 10 yard completion from Schmidt to Mindy White to make it first and goal from the eight. Schmidt found Liz Sowers once again for the TD. This time, the score stood. Shell connected on the point after and the Tribe led 26-0 with 2:42 remaining in the first period. A third three and out by the Tribe defense resulted in a Tulsa punt, which Liz Sowers returned for 22 yards, to put the Tribe offense in the redzone. Schmidt quickly connected with Liz Sowers for the 20 yard touchdown pass up the seam. Shell added the PAT, and the Tribe extended its lead to 33-0.
A Linzi Weilert sack and forced fumble, which the Threat recovered, highlighted the Tribe's next defensive series as the quarter ended. The second period opened with another Tulsa punt, which Liz Sowers returned to the 42 yard line. The Tribe mixed passing and running plays to advance to the 25 yard line, where Graves made her way into the endzone for the touchdown. Shell added another point, to make the score 40-0.
Tulsa showed some life on the next drive, conecting on a 10 yard pass to make the 4th down conversion, and move into Tribe territory. However, a bad snap led to a fumble recovery by Graves and the Tribe offense took the field once again. Tiara Burns took the backfield and made a five yard gain to set up a 45 yard pass from Schmidt to Katie Sowers for the TD. Graves added a two point conversion to extend the Tribe's lead to 48-0.
Tulsa once again pieced together a 30 yard drive, finding themselves in Tribe territory, but failed to convert, and the Tribe offense took over on down on its own 44. Graves busted through the line for a 38 yard gain just inside the redzone. Schmidt found Tiffany Cartwright for an eight yard gain, and then hit Liz Sowers on a quick slant pattern for the 10 yard touchdown. Shell's kick sailed through the uprights and Kansas City led 55-0 midway through the second quarter.
The Tribe defense once again forced a Threat punt from their own 25, and the offense retook the field at the Threat 44 yard line. After a short Burns gain, Tribe penalties resulted in another deleted score, this time from Schmidt to Lara Guscott. The is led to a Guscott fumble at the 12 yard line, recovered by Tulsa. The Threat's possession was short lived, however, as the KC defense forced a fumble on the initial play and recovered possession for the Tribe. Schimdt threw a 12 yard strike to Guscott on thr intiial play of the drive, Shell made the extra point, and KC led 62-0.On the next series, Megan Franco and Harris teamed for another defensive sack, followed by a tackle for a loss, which led to a Threat third and long. Jasmine Kingcannon picked off the third down pass and returned it 33 yards to the endzone. The PAT was no good, and the Tribe took a 68-0 lead into halftime.
Tulsa kicked off to Kansas City to open the second half. The kick traveled out of bounds, and the Tribe offense took the field at its own 35. The drive opened with Graves dragging the better part of the Threat squad nine yards to the 44. Schmidt's QB keeper advanced another eight yards, followed by an 18 yard completion to Katie Sowers. Burns added a 10 yard run, but penalties forced the Tribe into ultimately punting the ball. After Schmidt's touchback, the Threat took possession at its own 20.
The Tribe defense forced another three and out, but a bad snap on the punt led to the Tribe offense taking the field at the 22 yard line. The Tribe added a bad snap of its own to move the ball back to the 34. Schmidt then found Kingcannon across the middle for a 14 yard gain, followed by a 20 yard TD pass to Guscott. Shell's point after increased the lead to 75-0.
The Tribe recovered the muffed kick-off at the 25 yard line, and Schmidt quickly connected with Mindy White for a 25 yard touchdown. Shell once again split the uprights to make the score 82-0 and end the third quarter.
The Tulsa offense started at the 21 yard line after Shell's kick-off. The drive stalled out as Jasmine Kingcannon once again intercepted the pass and returned the ball 34 yards for her second "pick six" of the night. Shell failed to connect on the point after, and the score stood at 88-0. Cindel Harris recovered the kick-off, and the Tribe offense took the field one last time, with Katie Sowers at the helm.
Rookie Melissa Dimmitt and Sowers ran in tandem to advance the ball to the eight yard line, before Dimmitt's run was called back for illegal procedure. After a short loss on an option play, Katie Sowers connected with Liz Sowers for a 14 yard touchdown. Shell's point after led to a final score of 95-0.
Magdalen Obiefule led the Tribe defense with a team leading 13.5 tackles, three for a loss and one sack. Mindy White added eight tackles. Rookies Megan Franco (seven tackles, four for a loss and one sack) and Cindel Harris (six tackles, three for a loss and two sacks) contributed to the defensive shut out with great performances as well.
Join us on May 5th for the Battle of KC as we take on our cross town, and divisional rival, the KC Spartans at Center High School. Kick-off 5:00.