Tribe Wins 51-0 to Advance to the Second Round of Post Season
Thanks to everyone who made it out to support the KC Tribe this past weekend. The Tribe defeated the Minnesota Machine 51-0 in the first round of play-offs.
The Tribe won the coin toss and elected to defer to the second half of play. The defense started strong and forced a punt which left the offense starting at its own 24 yard line. Jenny Schmidt completed her first three passes to move into Minnesota territory. A six yard run by Tiara Burns, in addition to a facemask penalty brought the Tribe to the Machine 36 yard line. On the following play. Schmidt connected with Liz Sowers for 36 yard touchdown. Amanda Shell added the PAT to make the score 7-0.
The Machine’s second drive stalled out early when Regan Campbell made a pick six from the 29 yard line. Shell connected on the point after try and the Tribe led 14-0 less than five minutes into the game. On the next Minnesota series, a mishandled snap led to a Tribe fumble recovery and the KC offense took the field on the Machine 34 yard line. Schmidt quickly found Katie Sowers down the seam for a 34 yard TD completion. Shell once again split the uprights and the Tribe lead improved to 21-0 midway through the first quarter.
The Machine advanced the ball into Tribe territory on its next possession, but Liz Sowers stopped the drive short of the red zone with an interception, which she returned to the Tribe 30 yard line. The Tribe offense quickly moved back into Minnesota territory after a 25 yard completion from Schmidt to Guscott. A six yard completion from Schmidt to Katie Sowers in the back of the endzone capped off the scoring drive. Shell added the PAT to make the score 28-0 Tribe.
The Kansas City defense once again forced a Machine punt, and the offense quickly drove down the field and once again found the end zone. This time Schmidt connected with Jasmine Kingcannon for a 25 yard touchdown reception. Shell connected on the point after and the Tribe led 35-0 near the end of the first quarter of play.
The teams traded punts on the first two possessions of the second quarter before Regan Campbell made her second interception for a touchdown with just under 10 minutes remaining in the half – this time for 49 yards. After Shell’s PAT, the Tribe led 42-0. The Tribe defense forced another three and out, but after a 20 yard reception, Melissa Piper fumbled the football and the Machine offense took the field just short of mid field. However, Shantrell Hudson quickly backed the Machine up to its own 39 yard line after a 10 yard quarterback sack. Ultimately, the Machine were once again forced to punt the football and the Tribe took over on its own 42 yard line.
The Tribe moved the ball into the red zone after a 31 yard reception by Regan Campbell. However, after a great leaping catch inside the five yard line, Lara Guscott fumbled the football and the Machine recovered on the two. Minnesota failed to gain ground and elected to snap the ball out of the end zone for the safety, making the score 44-0. Liz Sowers returned the ensuing kick 25 yards and the Tribe offense took the field on the Machine 30 yard line. After failing to convert the first down, the Tribe elected to attempt a 35 yard field goal. The kick went wide right and the Machine resumed possession from its own 20 yard line with less than a minute remaining in the first half. The drive was short lived, as the running back mishandled the pitch on the initial play. The Tribe recovered the football and took a knee to go into the intermission leading 44-0.
The Machine opted to attempt an on-side kick to open the second half, which featured a continuous clock. The Tribe recovered the football and the offense started at the Minnesota 47 yard line. Schmidt connected with Katie Sowers on back to back passes of 14 and 33 yards to find the end zone. Shell added the extra point and the Tribe led 51-0 three plays into the third quarter.
On the next Minnesota drive, Leslie Gent added the fourth Tribe interception of the day, and the Kansas City offense retook the field on the Minnesota 43 yard line. A stalled out drive forced the Tribe to punt and the Machine took over on its own 24 yard line. The Tribe defense denied Minnesota a fourth down conversion attempt and the offense once again took the field. After a first down completion to Katie Sowers, Schmidt threw for a down field interception. A three and out by Minnesota led to the Tribe offense taking over on its own 45 with Katie Sowers taking the snaps.
Sowers ran for 12 yards on the initial play of the drive for the first down and then threw a one yard completion to primary signal caller, Jenny Schmidt. Next, Sowers found Jasmine Kingcannon down field for another Tribe first down. After a penalty backed the Tribe up, it was Sowers to Sowers for an 11 yard gain. Kansas City finished the game in victory formation and took a knee.
Jenny Schmidt finished the game with 20 of 25 completions for 323 yards. Katie Sowers led the team in receiving with seven receptions for 94 yards. Liz Sowers added five catches for 80 yards. Defensively, Katie Sowers led the Tribe with 11 tackles, three for a loss and added a sack. Mindy White and Magdalen Obiefule contributed with eight tackles each. Shantrell Hudson and Yolanda Ramirez led an impressive outing by the defensive line, finishing with seven and six tackles respectively. The Tribe finished with four interceptions on the night. Two by Regan Campbell, both returned for touchdowns, and Liz Sowers and Leslie Gent.
The team will advance to the second round to take on the Dallas Diamonds on July 9th. This will be a road game for the Tribe, so if you can't make the trip down I-35 be sure to sign up to to follow the team via Twitter for live updates during the game.