The Tribe defeated the Iowa Xplosion 77-0 to finish the season 7-1 and clinch the Midwest Division Championship. The hot and humid evening started with the visiting Xplosion winning the coin toss and electing to receive the opening kick-off. The Xplosion moved the ball into Tribe territory before being forced to punt. However, a bad snap resulted in Katie Sowers tackling the punter for a substantial loss and the Tribe offense opened the game on the Xplosion 48 yard line. The Tribe's initial drive was a balanced attack, consisting of nine yard completions to Tiara Burns and Liz Sowers, mixed with runs of eight and 10 yards from Burns. Schimdt connected with Guscott for an 11 yard TD to finish the series. Newly married Amanda "Sweetkick" Shell (CONGRATULATIONS AMANDA AND GREG!!) added the PAT to make the score 7-0 five minutes into the first quarter.
Iowa completed a 20 yard pass down the middle of the field in their next drive, but Liz Sowers forced a fumble, which the Tribe recovered at its own 29 yard line. Jenny Schmidt hit Liz Sowers on a quick 2 yard slant and Sowers took the ball 71 yards into the endzone. Tiara Burns added the two point conversion and the Tribe led 15-0.
After receiving the kick-off, the Xplosion offense took the field on its own 37 yard line. Jeanne Rankin added her thrid intercpetion of the year on the opening play of the possession, and the Tribe offense retook the field. After a first down run by Burns, short completion from Schmidt to Liz Bourland, and a five yard run by Katie Sowers, Schmidt found Guscott in the middle of the field for a 30 yard completion and Guscott's second touchdown of the game. Burns added her second conversion of the night, and the scoreboard read 23-0 nearing the end of the initial quarter.
Iowa moved the ball into Tribe territory once again, but Linzi Weilert put up back-to-back tackles for a loss, the second with assistance by Katie Sowers, and the Xplosion drive stalled once again and turned the ball over on downs on the Tribe 30 yard line. Schmidt opened the series with a quarterback keeper for 8 yards, followed by a first down run by Burns. A long gain by Melissa Piper was called back for a penalty, but Liz Sowers made a diving catch to keep the drive alive, allowing Schmidt to find Katie Sowers down the sideline for a 53 yard touchdown reception. Shell added the point after and the Tribe led 30-0 less than a minute into the second quarter.
The Tribe defense forced a three and out on the next Xplosion series, and after the short punt, the Tribe offense took the field on the Iowa 29 yard line. Dawn Adams ran for six yards, and then Schmidt found Liz Sowers for the 23 yard TD pass. The Tribe failed to convert the point after attempt, and the score stood at 36-0.
The Xplosion's next offensive series was short lived as Melissa Piper intercepted the ball on the initial play, and returned it for eight yards to the Iowa 33 yard line. After three quick runs by Burns, Schmidt found Jeanne Rankin in the endzone for the 20 yard completion. Shell split the uprights to extend the Tribe lead to 43-0.
The Xplosion offense once again turned the ball over on downs, this time on the Tribe 30 yard line. Schmidt scrambled for a 17 yard gain to the 13 yard line, and then hit Dawn Adams out of the backfield for a 13 yard TD catch and run. Shell added the PAT to make the score 50-0 with just under five minutes remaining in the first half.
After a mishandled snap, the Xplosion fumbled the ball and Emily Bates recovered at the Iowa 19 yard line. With less than a minute remaining in the second quarter, the Tribe elected to try for a field goal. The kick fell just short of the uprights, and the teams went into the break with the Tribe leading 50-0.
Dawn Adams returned the opening kick-off of the second half 63 yards for a touchdown. After Shell's extra point, the score stood at 57-0. The Tribe defense again forced a turnover on downs, and the offense took over at the Iowa 42 yard line. A 28 yard pass from Schmidt to Piper set up the five yard rushing TD by Burns. After Shell's PAT, the Tribe improved its lead to 64-0.
On the opening play of the Xplosion possession, April Due intercepted a pass and returned the ball to the Iowa 30 yard line. The Tribe moved the ball into the redzone, but could not convert on third and long, and once again elected to send the field goal unit on the field. After a roughing the kicker penalty, the Tribe offense retook the field with first a goal from the seven yard line. A holding call on teh Tribe offense negated a short gain by Tequella Burns. Katie Sowers kept the ball on a read play and rushed for a 17 yard touchdown. Shell connected on the point after and the scoreboard read 71-0.
The Tribe defense forced a final turnover on downs and the offense took the field. After a series of runs by Burns and Katie Sowers, Sowers connected with Jasmine Kingcannon for the final score of the evening on a 21 yard pass over the middle. After Shell's PAT went wide left, the final score of the game stood at 77-0.
The team will resume play on June 25th in the first round of play-offs against the Upper Midwest Champions (to be determined in the final two weeks of league play).