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BLAZE'N THE NATION!
News Article - Blaze Won For The Nation - Mar 13, 2011
The Blaze started the SFWFFL season in style on Sunday at Crocker-Amazon field. The Blaze faced a hardnosed Chasing Tails team who proved to be a formidable opponent. Runningback Tanja Trambow picked up where she left off last season by outrunning defenders left and right. Trambow scored the only touchdown of the first half with a 50+ yard scamper from scrimmage. The defense was strong from jump, newly acquired Chris Green and Maria Lopez led the defense as they kept constant pressure on the QB. Chasing Tails would not quit, they kept constant pressure on the Blaze defense in the second half as number 33 kept making amazing catch after amazing catch. Coach Cherry said, "33 had some extraordinary skills, we had to do something about her quick, So we had to double her with the safeties" This strategy worked as 33 was shut down for the bulk of the second half. The Blaze feeling they had the game won got a little sloppy at the end and let Chasing Tails slip out for a long TD run. Which made a dominate performance closer on paper than it really was. Trambow was not done though, as she put the game out of reach with another 50+ touchdown run. Trambow earned game MVP while OL/DL Jen Sabala, QB/DB Jana Dilling, and WR/DB Melanie Tan picked up honorable mention.
News Article - The Blaze Are Back, New And Improved! - Mar 6, 2011
The Blaze are back in the San Francisco Women’s Flag Football League this season with new players, new attitudes, and a new perspective. In the Blaze’s inaugural season in the SFWFFL, football was a new sport to 95% of the team. Literally fumbling through the season, the Blaze could only earn respect for being the “Best looking team in the league.” Blaze coach Jamaal Cherry stated, “That really pissed a lot of our players off, this is a battlefield not a beauty contest, we wanted our respect.”
In the end the Blaze did just that, winning 3 playoff games in a row. Moving from dead last in the standing to 7th out of 11 teams. Blaze captain Maria Lopez acknowledged, “We knew all season that we were not short on talent, it was just going to be a matter of players consistently showing up and learning the game.” This year the Blaze won’t have the same problem, the Blaze roster has grown from 11 to 18. The roster will have 8 returners and 4 veteran free-agents from other SFWFFL teams.
Coach Cherry says, “We still have a long ways to go, we still haven’t had enough time to gel, but our team is full of veterans now so the mistakes that killed us early last season shouldn’t occur, we should compete at a much higher level this year.” Rather win or lose, one thing is for sure, this is not the Blazes first rodeo. They are primed and ready for any opponent any time. Go Blaze!