Pyros, Phoxes set to clash
Benjamin Padanilam | Thursday, November 13, 2014
No. 2 Pasquerilla East will face off against No. 3 Pangborn in the semifinals of the women’s interhall football playoffs this Sunday.Following first-round victories for each side, the two teams now look forward to their matchup with the hopes of playing in the championship game in Notre Dame Stadium. The Pyros (7-0) continued their undefeated season last Sunday, rolling to a 28-12 victory over Walsh, while the Phoxes (6-1) proved dominant in their opening-round matchup, shutting out Cavanaugh in a 27-0 victory.
Sunday’s game also represents a rematch of an earlier regular-season game in which Pasquerilla East handed Pangborn its sole loss of the season, 14-6.
Something will have to give in this contest as the league’s highest-scoring offense goes up against the league’s stingiest defense — the Pyros score 27 points per game, while the Phoxes have allowed just 27 points all season long, including the 14 they surrendered in the teams’ meeting earlier this season.
As Sunday’s matchup looms, the Phoxes recognize the difficult test the Pyros pose, Pangborn junior captain Gracie Gallagher said.
“[Pasquerilla East] is a very good team,” Gallagher said. “They are a really dynamic team that capitalizes when you give them the opportunity. Last time we played them, we made some adjustments that were working for us, but by the time we made those adjustments, it was a little too late. On Sunday, we all need to come ready to play and have our best game as a team.”
This is the third straight year the Phoxes have made it to the semifinals, and Gallagher said the the team is desperate to finally make it to Notre Dame Stadium and play for the title.
“The past three years we have made it to the semifinal game, but not made it to the championship game,”Gallagher said. “The goal for us every season is to make it to the championship game in the Stadium and win it all. We have a lot of great senior leadership this season, and it would be really special if they could play their final flag football game in the Stadium.”