Despite forcing three turnovers, and holding the Chicago offense to 14 points, the Tribe couldn't overcome a blocked PAT to remain unbeaten this season. After the Tribe offense went three and out to start the game, Regan Campbell intercepted Sami Grisafe to put the offense back in good field position. However, another three and out resulted in Chicago's longest drive of the contest, and aided greatly by defensive penalties, the Force scored at the beginning of the second quarter to go ahead 7-0. After trading two short offensive possessions, the Tribe offense gained life with double digit receptions by Regan Campbell, Liz Sowers and Rusty Sowers, and drove down the field inside the Force 10 yard line, where the scoreboard still evaded them.
The Tribe defense forced Chicago to go three and out to start the second half, but the offense responded in kind. Chicago scored what would be the winning TD on the next series, and added the PAT to make the score 14-0. QB Jenny Schmidt connecting on eight of nine passes in the next drive, which finished with an 11 yard strike to Liz Sowers in the endzone. An offensive holding call forced a re-kick of the PAT, and Chicago blocked the second attempt, resulting in a 14-6 score.
Chicago's next offensive series was thwarted when Liz Sowers picked off Grisafe for the second time that afternoon.The offense moved the ball into Chicago's red zone once again, but fell short of putting points on the board. The Tribe's tenacious defense provided one final chance for the defending champs when Larisha Graves recovered a Chicago fumble near mid field. The offense mounted a final impressive drive when Schmidt connected with Tegan Stuart for two long plays across the middle and found Liz Sowers in the endzone for an eight yard TD pass. The Tribe's two-pont conversion to tie the game came up short, making the score 12-14. After an unsuccessful on-side kick, the Chicago offense ran out the final seconds.
Kansas City will get the opportunity to avenge the loss on their home field in June! Thank you to our loyal and incredible fans who made the trip!