The Kansas City Tribe defeated the Wisconsin Wolves 57-0 to improve to 6-1 on the season. The Wolves won the coin toss and elected to receive the ball. The Tribe forced a punt on the opening series and started the initial drive on the 25 yard line. The offense quickly moved the ball to the seven yard line, where the Wolved picked off a pass off the hands of Melissa Piper. The Tribe defense forced Wisconsin into a three and out, and the Wolves attempted to punt from their endzone. Katie Sowers blocked the punt attempt and recovered it for the opening score of the evening. Amanda Sweeten added the PAT, and the Tribe led 7-0, five minutes into the game.
The Tribe's defense came up big again on the next Wolves drive, as Jeanne Rankin intercepted a pass and returned the ball to the Wolves' 38 yard line. Tiara Burns moved the chains to the 28 yard line, and then Jenny Schmidt found Liz Sowers for a 20 yard reception to make it first and goal. On the next play, she hit Melissa Piper on an 8 yard slant for the touchdown. Sweeten connected for the point after, to make the score 14-0.
On the next defensive series, the Wolves were once again forced to punt after Leslie Gent sacked the quarterback for a loss of eight yards. Dawn Adams added a nine yard run for the Tribe offense, then Schmidt found Adams in the flat for a 27 yard play. The scoring drive ended with Schmidt connecting with Lara Guscott for a 25 yard catch. The two point conversion failed, making the tally 20-0 with three minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Amanda Sweeten reached the endzone on the ensuing kick-off for a touchback, and the Wolves took over on their own 20 yard line. Once again, the Tribe defense forced a punt, but the Tribe fumbled the return, and the Wolves regained possession to end the initial quarter.
The second quarter brought more of the same, as the Wolves once again punted the football on the opening drive. The Tribe offense started the series on its own 29 yard line. On the initial play, Jenny Schmidt found Liz Sowers down the sideline for a 71 yard completion for a touchdown. A completion from Katie Sowers to Melissa Piper resulted in the two point conversion, and the Tribe led 28-0 with just under 13:00 minutes remaining.
Wisconsin was once again forced to punt the football, and Melissa Piper returned the ball 26 yards, to the Wisconsin 34 yard line. The Tribe elected to attempt a field goal inside the redzone, but a botched snap forced Katie Sowers into an incomplete pass and the Wolves took over on downs at the eight yard line. The Tribe defense forced the Wolves into their second punt from the endzone, but this time a roughing the kicker penalty resulted in a fresh set of downs from the 15 yard line. Ultimately, the Wolves punted the football, and a 29 yard Schmidt to Guscott completion and subsequent run by Schmidt took the Tribe to the seven yard line. However, the Tribe failed to score and turned the ball over on downs just before the end of the half. The Wolves offense took a knee to end the second quarter, and the score at halftime stood at 28-0.
The Tribe received the kickoff to start the third quarter, and Katie Sowers returned the short boot 62 yards for her second special teams score of the game. Tiara Burns added two points off a direct snap on the conversion, expanding the Tribe lead to 36-0.
Liz Sowers intercepted the Wolves on the ensuing drive and returned the ball 24 yards to the Wisconsin 39. Schmidt once again found Guscott for a 28 yard completion up the sidelines to the 11 yard line. Schmidt kept the ball on the next play and added a rushing touchdown to her tally for the evening. Katie Sowers rushed for the two point conversion, making the score 44-0.
Jeanne Rankin added her second intercpetion of the game on the next Wisconsin drive. The Tribe offense retook the field at its own 32 yard line. Schmidt connected with Melissa Piper for a 28 yard completion, and Dawn Adams added a 16 yard run, before taking a pass in the flat 29 yards for her first touchdown on the season. Sweeten added the point after try just as the quarter ended, resulting in a 51-0 at the start of the final quarter.
After another Wolves punt, the Tribe offense started the next drive on the Wolves 44 yard line. Tiara Burns gained four yards, Katie Sowers kept the ball on the zone read and advanced the football 20 yards to the edge of the redzone. Back to back runs by Tequella Morris put the Tribe on the 4 yard line, where Katie Sowers finished the drive with a completion to Melissa Piper for her second touchdown of the game. A botched snap on the PAT kept the score at 57-0. On the Wolves final possession, KC recovered a fumble and took a knee to end the game. Schmidt finished the game 12/17 for 269 yards, four TD's, one interception and a rushing touchdown. Lara Guscott led all receivers with 95 yards on five catches. Liz Sowers added two recpeptions for 91 yards. Dawn Adams finished with 105 all purpose yards. Defensively, Mindy White led with 11 tackles, Yo Ramirez and Magdalen Obiefule added eight and seven respectively.
Start making plans today to attend the final regular season home game against the 4-1 Iowa Xplosion on June 4th. A Tribe win will secure the Midwest Division Championship, and home field advantage for the first round of play-offs on June 25th.