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Speed demon Wylie connects with Thorne on timely play

Super rookie Nicole Pugh shows her versatility in making the transition from soccer star to Crew football player with a great grab against the Law defence. - Don Bodger
Super rookie Nicole Pugh shows her versatility in making the transition from soccer star to Crew football player with a great grab against the Law defence.
— image credit: Don Bodger

The Crew hasn't missed a beat in the Cowichan Women's Football League despite numerous roster changes.

Newcomers like Nicole Pugh and Darcie Zibin have been marvellous in keeping the team as the cream of the crop and Jennie Hittinger's quarterbacking prowess in the absence of Jackie Harrison, who's been out with a knee injury, has been nothing short of spectacular.

Hittinger and Alita Mattin shared the duties Sunday, as the Crew romped to a 56-0 win over Moo's Law.

Veterans Marilou Sullivan and Janelle Mould continued to supply the spark, Sullivan with two touchdowns, two interceptions and a one-point convert and Mould with an interception for a 20-yard TD.

Willie Toews came through with a TD, interception and a one-point convert.

On the rookie side, Kerynne Bain produced three TDs and an interception in her first-ever game. Pugh snagged a pass for a TD and Zibin recorded three quarterback sacks.

The Ravens won a great battle on the adjacent field, 19-13 over Blue Steel.

Ravens had a hard time connecting at first, but quarterback Rikki Wylie kept drives alive with her fast feet for first downs.

Lauren James scored the first TD on a short throw and turned on the afterburners 55 yards up the sidelines. Barbara Smith also had a TD.

With the score 13-12 in the fourth quarter for Blue Steel, Wylie rushed to the line of scrimmage while the defence was talking strategy and did a quick play to Smith, who ran 60 yards down the field and averted multiple flags to get within 15 yards of the end zone.

Wylie, on third down, then scrambled in the backfield with only one yard to a TD and threw a short pass to Dana Thorne, who dove to make the catch for the winning TD on her 35th birthday.

Wylie scrambled again and connected with Thorne near the back of the end zone for the one-point convert.

Thorne also intercepted the ball near the end of the game and James had four sacks.

Blue Steel got a TD and a sack from Jess Knowles and Roby Clement produced a TD and a convert. Kirbee Crisp had a great game rushing against the fleet afoot Wylie and managed three sacks while Heidi Padjen added another.

The final game of the day brought a 24-6 win for the Sirens over the Storm.

Shelly McKay and Jessica Kato-Koch each scored two TDs while Carmen Brown snagged two interceptions, with one leading to a TD. Tara McCaffery contributed an interception and Sabrina DesRochers got into the act with two sacks.

The Storm got a big boost when Miranda Mann scored a TD late in the first half.

Rookie Katrina Waldron, one of Mann's field hockey buddies, helped out on defence with a sack in her first game. Joanne Angus picked off a pass and German import Anna Szurowski had a sack to boost the defence.

"A good all-around game by Storm,'' raved coach Chris Mann. "We have just settled into the final team roster with eight rookies and now the work begins to make the Storm function as a solid unit.''

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