The Tribe opened the game kicking off to the cross town rival Spartans. The kick sailed out of bounds and the Spartans started on their own 40 yard lnie. The Tribe defense forced a three and out. After no return on the punt, the Tribe offense took the field on its own 29 yartd line. Jenny Schmidt immediately found Lara Guscott on a 7 yard out. Larisha Graves took the hand-off on the following play, but she was stripped of the football and the Spartans recovered on the Tribe 39 yard line.
The Spartans advanced the ball to the 27, but were once again forced to punt. Despite a bad snap, the punt sailed to the 10 yard line where the Tribe once again took over with 9:10 remaining in the first quarter. Schmidt found Guscott a second time for an 18 yard gain. Graves carried for short yardage, but a 15 yard penalty took the Tribe to the 45 yard line. Schmidt then connected with Graves out of the backfield for a six yard gain, advancing into Spartan territory. Graves added another short run, then Schmidt threw to Guscott for a 28 yard gain which took the Tribe to the 18 yard line. Once again the Spartan defense came up big, forcing a second fumble and subsequent recovery.
The Tribe defense responded, leading to another three and out. A short punt placed the Tribe offense on the Spartan 25 yard line. Schmidt scrambled for 20 yards on the quarteback keeper, and then threw a quick strike to Liz Sowers for the five yard touchdown. A bad snap led to an attempted two-point conversion, which failed. The Tribe led 6-0 with 3:23 remaining in the initial period.
Another three and out by the Spartans produced a punt to the Tribe 38. Liz Sowers returned one yard to the 39 where the Tribe offense retook the field. Graves advanced the ball 23 yards to end the first quarter. The second period started with Schmidt finding Courtney Hampton for six yards, but a deflected pass to Katie Sowers resulted in Schmidt's first interception of the year, and the Spartans took the field at their own 22 yard line.
Cindel Harris forced a fumble, but the Spartans recovered the ball. The series stil resulted in another Spartan punt, this one sailing to the Tribe 29 yard line. The Tribe offense failed to get in rhythm and after failing to convert on third down, returned the ball to the Spartans via a Schmidt punt to the 48 yard line. The Spartans strung together a series of runs, capped off by a 42 yard touchdown run by tailback, Lisa McCrary. Magdalen Obiefule blocked the PAT, and the score stood at 6-6 with 8:13 remaining in the half.
After a penalty forced a re-kick, Katie Sowers returned the ball 10 yards to the Spartan 47. The subsequent series combined runs by Graves and completions between Schmidt and Liz Sowers, finally culminating in a 25 yard TD pass to Lis Sowers. Katie Sowers connected with Liz Sowers for the two-point conversion, and the Tribe took the lead at 14-6 with 6:07 left in the second period.
The Spartans offense started at their own 44 yard line. After advancing the ball into Tribe territory, Leslie Gent forced a fumble, which the Tribe recovered at its own 36. A short Graves run led to a quick pass to Liz Sowers, who took the ball 60 yards for the score. The kick sailed wide right, and the Tribe led 20-6 with just under four minutes in the first half.
The Tribe defense forced yet another Spartan punt, which Guscott returned 11 yards to the 31. Schmidt found Greaves for a quick screen pass. The Spartan defense forced a fumble, but the Tribe recovered at the the Spartan 47.Schmidt connected with Katie Sowers en route to a 25 yard pass to Guscott for the touchdown. Shell added the extra point, and the Tribe increased its lead to 26-6 with 41 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
Juanita Moten forced a fumble on the ensuing Spartan drive and Megan Franco recovered at the Spartan 35 yard line. Schmidt found Katie Sowers for a 17 yard completion, followed by a 18 yard touchdown pass to Liz Sowers. Shell split the uprights and the Tribe took a 34-6 lead into the halftime break.
The second half opened with a 13 yard kick-off return by Mindy White just into Spartan territory. Graves made quick work of the series, going for 49 yards on the initial play for the TD. The point after went wide left, and the Tribe led 40-6 40 seconds into the third quarter. The Tribe defense continued to swarm to the ball and forced another punt after three plays. A bad snap led to a partial block, and the Tribe offense took the field at the 14 yard line. This time, Schmidt connected with Guscottt for the score. Shell added the point after for a 47-6 Tribe lead.
After another Spartan punt, the Tribe offense took the field at its own 45. A short Graves run, followed by a 34 yard pass to Guscott advanced the ball to the 18 yard line. Schmidt hit Katie Sowers back-to-back for a 16 yard gain, and then two yards for the score. Another Shell PAT resulted in a 54-6 lead for the Tribe with 8:23 left in the third quarter.
A Spartans fumble led to a Tribe recovery in the Spartan redzone. Schmidt connected with Hampton for the 14 yard touchdown. A bad snap led to a failed two-point attempt, and the scoreboard read 60-6 with just under 5:00 to go in the third period. The Tribe defense produced another Spartan punt, which Hampton returned 31 yards to the Spartan nine yard line. The Spartan defense made a big stop and the Tribe returned the ball after failing to score. The ball once again changed hands after a Spartan punt to the 31.
Katie Sowers entered the game at QB, and quickly ran for a 31 yard touchdown on a keeper. After the extra point, the Tribe increased its lead to 67-6 with 8:17 remaining in the game. The teams continued to trade possessions, and the Battle of KC ended in 67-6 victory for the Tribe.
Defensively, linebackers Magdalen Obiefule and Mindy White led the charge with 10 tackles each. Defensive end, Cindel Harris added 7.5, with a sack and a forced fumble, and Megan Franco and Katie Sowers contributed seven each.
The Tribe has its first bye of the season, May 12th, followed by a road game against the Minnesota Machine, who sits atop the Division 10 standings.