Battle of the unbeatens as BP faces Cavanaugh
Joe Meixell | Friday, October 3, 2003
Cavanaugh and Breen-Phillips will square off Sunday in a matchup between two teams with spotless records.
The Babes are 3-0-1 and are coming off a 13-0 win over Welsh Tuesday night. The Chaos is 4-0 and defeated Farley 12-0 in their last game. Neither team has given up many points this season and both squads are favorites going into the playoffs.
The Babes are led by sophomore quarterback Traci Kazmerski and senior wide receiver Kelly Deckelman on offense. According to Kazmerski, freshmen wide receivers Tara Johnson and Megan Ohlenfrost have been playing very well so far this year. She also said senior defensive lineman Mila Cheatom should make an impact.
Kazmerski said her team has practiced well this week for Cavanaugh and did not do anything different than usual.
“We are as confident as can be expected going up against a team like Cavanaugh,” she said. “They are renowned to be the best team in our division but I like our chances if we can stop their running game and long passes.”
Cavanaugh sophomore middle linebacker Kerri Bergen is also confident about her team’s chances going into this game.
“We are a pretty strong, deep team and we have plenty of good people on both sides of the ball,” she said.
The Chaos feature sophomore quarterback Lisa Ruffer and senior wide receiver Jenny Nokes while junior Sara Gilloon is a strength on the offensive line.
Defensively they are led by Bergen and senior linebacker Bridget Cerne.
Bergen has been pleased with the way the Chaos have practiced all week.
“We don’t feel we have any major weaknesses on our team. We have been working on the basics and seeing what kind of game BP is going to play,” she said.
Pasquerilla West vs. Welsh
The Pasquerilla West Purple Weasels and the Welsh Whirlwinds will both be looking to bounce back from disappointing results when the teams square off Sunday afternoon.
The Purple Weasels, with a record of 1-1-2, are coming off of a disappointing 13-13 tie with Farley in which they allowed the game-tying points in the final seconds after committing costly penalties to keep Farley in the game.
“This is a big game for us.” said captain Leslie Schmidt.
Schmidt will lead the offense from the quarterback position and look to find receivers Heather Van Hoegarden and Maureen Spring. Schmidt will look to improve her passing efficiency to spark the offense, saying, “I need to be more consistent with my passes.” The offense will look to shake a trend of poor early play and get off to a fast start against a tough Whirlwind defense.
“We are looking to execute perfectly and get everything going early.” Schmidt said.
The solid Purple Weasel defense is led by pass-rushing specialist Gina LoPresto, and is coming off a game in which they intercepted three passes. They’ll come up against a Welsh offense led by quarterback Melissa Sands, a player whom Welsh captain Jamie McEldowney says has really stepped into the role with good success.
McEldowney gave Pasquerilla West credit, saying, “PW is a good team. We’re coming off of a tough loss, but we’re going to put that behind us and move on.”
That tough loss was a 13-0 blanking at the hands of Breen-Phillips and has left the Whirlwinds, now at 3-2 on the season, looking to prove that they are still a strong contender in the Blue League. “We’re a better team than how we played on Sunday,” said McEldowney, “We’re looking to pick ourselves up.”
McEldowney was firm in asserting that the Whirlwinds have no stars but win games on the strength of a total team effort. “Each game someone new steps up.” she said.
The game will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday on the West Quad fields.
Walsh vs. Farley
They may not have the best records in the league, but the Walsh Wild Women and Farley’s Finest are both hungry for a win.
The Wild Women (1-3) know they need to step up at Sunday’s game if they want to make the playoffs and the Finest (0-3-1), while most likely out of playoff contention, are hoping to end the season strong.
With that in mind, both teams are coming out prepared to play a hard-fought, physical game.
“We’re going to go out there, give 100 percent, play our game and control the tempo,” Walsh junior Amanda Borys said. “And I think we’re going to win.”
Playing center and linebacker, Borys has been a dominant presence on both sides of the football thus far this season. With quarterback Carrie Campbell, cornerback Marlana Klinger and a strong defensive line including Karla Bell and Mary Ellen Botta, Borys has her sights set on the Stadium.
Walsh dropped a close game against Pangborn on Tuesday, giving the Phoxes their first win in four years, but the Wild Women are looking to rebound from the loss.
“We got a really bad break last game,” Borys said of the controversial pass interference call in the waning moments of the game. “I don’t think it [Sunday’s game] will be easy, but we’re pretty confident.”
Farley is also fairly confident about the game although they don’t believe Walsh’s loss to Pangborn carries any significance.
“It all comes down to game time, who comes out wanting to win it more” said Farley captain Angelina Zehrbach. “All that matters is if we go out there and play our best game possible.”
Farley has greatly improved over the past few weeks and, although they lost, their stellar performance against Cavanaugh last game makes the next two matchups look promising.
“We want to win out. And not just win, but win by a lot,” Zehrbach said.
The Finest boast a talented defense and a strong tandem quarterback duo, not to mention what they believe is some of the best spirit in the league.
“We love to get crazy and we’re not afraid to get dirty,” Zehrbach said.
“We have some secret plays out there and little rituals we do if we accomplish certain things,” he said. “We have a great time and we’ll use it to our advantage.
“Definitely be on the lookout for us.”