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Badin looks for revenge against McGlinn

Joe Meixell | Friday, October 31, 2003

Don’t expect a repeat of the last match between the third seeded Bullfrogs and sixth seeded Shamrocks, said McGlinn receiver Carolyn Gibbs.

When the two met earlier in the season, Badin shut out McGlinn 13-0. McGlinn quarterback Bridget Meacham described that loss as the worst of their season.

Since then, the sophomore-heavy Shamrocks (3-3) have focused on strengthening the effectiveness of their defense in regards to blitzing schemes and formations. This, Gibbs said, will ultimately bolster the Shamrocks to a win and a life in the playoffs.

“We’re going to come out strong and shock Badin,” Gibbs said. “They expect that they’ll be playing the team that they beat before.”

The Bullfrogs (5-1) have also made adjustments in regards to their defense. Safety Jen Craig will be ineligible for play due to an injury. One of the main challenges Badin has faced has been in finding a replacement for the standout Craig.

What will determine the winner of Sunday’s game will be the teams’ ability to overcome their weaknesses. Meacham cited the team’s level of intensity early in the game as an area for improvement.

“It’s always taken a while for us to get into the rhythm. Also, because we are a young team, we let mistakes get to us and we don’t have a lot of confidence at the beginning of the game.”

The two will meet Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. on West Quad.

Breen Phillips vs. Welsh

Breen-Phillips and Welsh , both expecting to carry strong regular season play into the playoffs, will square off Sunday in what looks to be a fierce match-up between two relentless teams fresh off highly successful seasons.

Breen Phillips (3-1-2) has been led all year by its productive offense and a defense, which has improved with each week. They look to continue this solid play through the continued success of quarterback Traci Kazmerski and freshman receiver Tara Johnson.

“We’ve been preparing all week,” Breen-Phillips captain Kelly Deckleman said. “We have a powerful offense, and we are able to successfully move the ball down field.”

Breen Phillips emerged victorious in the one meeting between the two teams earlier this season, and will need continued strong play to come out with its second win.

“We’re getting pumped and not taking them lightly,” Deckleman said. “We beat them earlier this year, and we know we can do it again, but they are going to be looking for revenge.”

Welsh (4-2) relied heavily on its impressive defense and returning players for its success this year. The Whirlwinds are lead by returning players Megan Markey and Jamie McEldowney. Sophomore quarterback Melissa Sands will need to play well in order for Welsh Family to advance into the second round, as well.

“We’ve had a few weeks off and we’re all excited,” Sands said. “This is the playoffs; it counts.”

The teams will kick off Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm on West Quad.