The Kansas City Tribe defeated the Nebraska Stampede 53-6 to Improve to 5-1 on the season. The Tribe received the opening kick-off and Mindy White returned the ball 20 yards to midfield. After a short gain by Larisha Graves, Jenny Schmidt found Lara Guscott up the sideline for a 17 yard gain to the Nebraska 33 yard line. Schmidt connected with Guscott on the following play across the middle for a 33 yard touchdown. Amanda Shell added the extra point, and the Tribe led 7-0 with 13:41 remaining in the first quarter.
After Shell's kick-off, the Stampede started its initial drive at the 33 yard line. The Tribe defense forced a three and out, but a muffed punt return by Cierra Childress led to a Stampede recovery and Nebraska resumed possession on the KC 43 yard line. After gaining a first down, Nebraska mishandled an option pass that led to Megan Franco recovering the fumble at the Tribe 40. A holding penalty on the Tribe negated a 40 yard run by Liz Sowers, but the combination of Graves' runs and Sowers' catches led the Tribe to the one yard line. The Stampede defense tackled Schmidt for a five yard loss to give the Tribe third and goal from the six. Schmidt quickly found Guscott in the flat for the score. After Shell's PAT, the score stood at 14-0 with 3:06 remaining in the initial quarter.
Nebraska took the ball 82 yards on the ensuing kick-off for a touchdown, but the Tribe defense blocked the extra point, making the score 14-6 near the end of the first quarter.
Lara Guscott produced a 35 yard kick-off return and the Tribe offense resumed play at the Nebraska 47. On the initial play. Graves trucked through to the 26 yard line. On the second play of the drive, Schmidt connected with Guscott for her third TD of the game. KC failed to complete the two point conversion, but led 20-6 with 1:15 remaining in the first quarter.
Shell's kick-off sailed out of bounds, and the Stampede took possession at its own 40. Despite a defensive off sides penaltiy, the Tribe forced another three and out, aided by back-to-back tackles for a loss. Courtney Hampton returned the punt 26 yards to give the Tribe offense possession at mid-field. Graves advanced the ball 23 yards on two carries to give KC a first down in the Nebraska redzone. Schmidt connected with Guscott once again for the TD. The Tribe again failed on the attempted two point conversion, making the score 26-6 partway through the second period.
A Tribe facemask at the end of the kick-off return led to Nebraska taking possession at the KC 44 yard line. The Tribe defense once again forced the punt, but Cierra Childress' 82 yard return was called back for a Tribe penalty, and Nebraska re-kicked the ball. The Tribe offense ultimately started at its 25 yard line. After a 15 yard completion from Schmidt to Hampton, Graves produced two first down runs for 24 yards. On the next play, Schmidt hit Guscott for the 35 yard touchdown - her fifth of the afternoon. Shell split the uprights, and the Tribe led 33-6 with 6:30 remaining in the first half.
After no return on the kick-off, the Nebraska offense took possession at its 33 yard line. Despite carrying the ball into Tribe territory, the Stampede failed to convert, and the score stood at 33-6 going into half-time.
The Tribe kick-off to the Stampede to start the second half. After Shell's kick-off sailed out of bounds, the Nebraska offense started at the 35 yard line. The Stampede advanced the ball into Tribe territory before reaching a punting situation. However, the Stampede attempted the fake, but the pass was broken up by Jasmine Kingcannon and the Tribe offense took the field on the 45. Liz Sowers advanced the ball to the Nebraska 8 yard line after breaking a short pass for big yards. Schmidt then found Sowers on a quick slant pattern for the score. Sowers attempted two point pass was intercepted in the endzone, but a Nebraska penalty forced a second attempt. However, a high snap prevented the re-kick, and the Tribe led 39-6 with 8:36 remaining in the third quarter.
The Stampede's next possession was short lived as Cierra Childress intercepted a tipped pass and returned it 28 yards to the Nebraska 33, where the Tribe offense took the field. Melissa Dimmitt advanced the ball 10 yards for a first down, and then Schmidt connected with Liz Sowers on another quick pattern for the score. Shell's PAT was good, and the Tribe increased its lead to 46-6 with just over five minutes remaining in the third period.
The Stampede made it into Tribe territory once again and attempted a pass on fourth down which fell short. The Tribe offense took over at its own 48. Megan Franco took the hand-off, and advanced into Nebraska territory before having the ball stripped. The Stampede receovered the fumble and took possession at the 46 to start the final quarter of play.
Nebraska marched down the field inside the Tribe redzone, where they attempted a field goal from the 15 yard line. It sailed wide left, and the Tribe offense took the field once more. Dimmitt, Burns and Childress produced back-to-back-to-back first downs to move into Nebraska territory. Another series of shorter runs set up a 20 yard pass from Schmidt to Kingcannon, and the Tribe had a first a goal from the 10. Schmidt connected with Melissa Dimmitt for the score on the subsequent play. Shell added the PAT, making the score 53-6 with 2:31 left in the game.
The Tribe will be on the "road" this weekend at Shawnee Mission North High School as we take on our cross town rival, the KC Spartans. Kick-off is 7:00 p.m. A win will secure the team's berth in the post-season.