Ravens put up 88 points in two games

Snag up against the fence is made by Heidi Padjen of Blue Steel while Sue Glenn of the Wild can only make a gesture in the hopes she’ll drop the ball. - Don Bodger
Snag up against the fence is made by Heidi Padjen of Blue Steel while Sue Glenn of the Wild can only make a gesture in the hopes she’ll drop the ball.
— image credit: Don Bodger

A Crew change was required to beat the Roofco Sirens Sunday.

The Sirens vaulted into a 19-0 first-quarter lead in a Cowichan Women's Football League game against the Crew at McAdam Park. But that sounded the desperation alarm and the Crew responded, clawing all the way back for a 33-26 victory.

The Sirens scored on their first possession. The Crew's first play from scrimmage was intercepted by Tara McCaffery and set up another score.

But the Crew didn't get rattled and came back. It was tied going into the fourth quarter but the Crew turned up the heat on a hot day for the win.

Alita Mattin scored two touchdowns for the Crew. She ran a short pattern and dodged 55 yards through defenders for one of her TDs.

Darbi Aitchison did the same, turning a short pattern into a 75-yard TD. Nicole Pugh had a TD and one of her two sacks on defence was a game-changer.

Jessica Lines-Wikkerink contributed a TD, Marilou Sullivan had a pair of one-point converts and Jade Scott added a convert to round out the scoring.

Deanne Mearns led the Sirens with two TDs while Shelly McKay and Jessica Kato-Koch had one apiece. McKay and Carmen Brown scored converts, with Sabrina DesRochers registering a sack.

Blue Steel ran away from the Wild 27-6 in the other early Sunday game.

Blue Steel spread the offense around with TDs from Heidi Padjen, Brittany Stinson, Courtenay Wilcox and Mila Main. Kara Espeseth and Main added converts and Michelle Nederlof kicked for a point.

Rusher Kirbee Crisp picked up a sack.

Dieneke Pedersen scored the Wild's TD and Keri McKelvie picked off a pass, but the team's big star was Ginette Bilina with five sacks.

The Ravens beat the Law 34-20 in a great back-and-forth game to round out Sunday's schedule.

"Law was up by seven and Ravens got two pick sixes almost back-to-back, which turned the game around for the Ravens in the fourth quarter,'' noted Ravens' team member Dana Thorne.

Rikki Wylie and Veronica Smith went 40 and 30 yards, respectively, on those TD interception returns.

Wylie had another TD in the game; Sarah Russ scored two TDs plus a convert; Smith added another interception and a convert; Thorne picked up a two-point convert and Lauren James got a sack.

For the Law, TDs came from Crystal Gotto, Rachel Hastings and Kim Scafe, who also had a convert. Kelly Hall managed a sack and Jackie Poznecov a convert while Ashley Chadwick helped move the offense.

In Friday action, the Sirens edged Blue Steel 26-20 and Ravens overwhelmed the Storm 54-6.

Carmen Brown had a TD and an interception that led to another for the Sirens. Mearns and McCaffery also racked up TDs.

McKay and Christine Switzer supplied converts, with interceptions from Kaelyn Corbin and McKay and a sack from DesRochers.

Padjen's two TDs and a two-point convert led the way for Blue Steel. Main had a TD, Crisp recorded four sacks and Sam Miiller picked up an interception.

Kelsey Scholz was on fire for the Ravens with three TDs; Veronica Smith had a pair with two converts and an interception; Jenna Carver scored two TDs, including one that went from one end zone to the other; Wylie collected a TD and a convert; Morgan Rogers added a convert; James recorded a sack; Thorne scored two converts and a rouge and Nikita Kitagawa managed an interception.

The Storm's TD was scored by Carley Boyd.

"It was another game of learning, as we continue to adjust to player experience,'' noted Storm coach Chris Mann. "The rookies are fast becoming knowledgeable in the game of football. Each game adds a new dimension to their skills and most are playing a different position every game.''


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