Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Reign Falls to Comets in First Round

Thee Toledo Reign opened the playoffs with a trip to Columbus looking to avenge one of their two regular season losses.  Unfortunately they could not find redemption as the Reign fell to the Comets 22-0.

The first half was a back-and-forth defensive battle highlighted by a 65-yard fumble return by Brianna "Bugg" Patman to the Comets 5-yard line.  The Comets defense stood strong and denied the Reign the early lead. Rookie defensive back Sarah "Dozer" Stephens hauled in two first-half interceptions including one on the goal line to keep the Comets off the board.  Both teams remained scoreless until the Comets struck with less than a minute remaining in the first half to take an 8-0 lead.  The Reign had opportunities throughout the game but was unable to put points on the board while two second half scores by the Comets put the game out of reach.  The Reign fought all game long and though the result was better than the Week 6 48-0 loss in Columbus, the Reign are still on the losing end and are eliminated from the WFA playoffs.

Brianna "Bugg" Patman showed once again why she was chosen as a WFA First-Team All-American.  Along with the fumble return she also rushed for 54 yards on 8 carries including a 27-yard scamper out of the shadow of her own end zone.  Including playoffs, Patman rushed for 539 yards and five touchdowns on the season and racked up an incredible 1,043 all-purpose yards with eight total touchdowns.

Marabeth "Mama Red" Lewis led the charge defensively with 13 tackles and one tackle for loss.  Lewis finishes the season with a team-leading 47 tackles (3 for loss) with veteran Defensive Tackle Maegan "Beast" Applegate just behind with 42 1/2 tackles (8 for loss).  Rookie linebacker Sarah "Swaggz" Wagner was on her way to a dominant game with 7 1/2 tackles and two tackles for loss before exiting the game very early in the second half due to injury.

The Reign finish the 2014 season with a 6-3 record, matching the record for most wins by the Reign in a season (6-4 in 2005).  The Columbus Comets (5-4) will travel to Washington D.C. June 21st to face the D.C. Divas (4-3) in a Mid-Atlantic Division rematch.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Reign Opens Playoffs with Rematch In Columbus!

Thee Toledo Reign has reached the WFA playoffs for the second time in three years after winning the Mideast Division.  The Wild Card round sends the Reign to Columbus for a rematch with the Comets.

The Reign (6-2) matched a franchise record with six wins during the 2014 season.  All of the Reign's victories (disregarding two forfeit victories over the Central Maryland Seahawks) were by 20 points or more, including a 37-0 shutout victory over the Pittsburgh Force in Pittsburgh on May 31st.  Driving the Reign offense is a trio of WFA All-Americans - quarterback Jacki Clark (2nd Team), running back Brianna "Bugg" Patman (1st Team) and wide receiver Barb "3G" Willobee (2nd Team).  Defensive tackle Brandi Rizer (2nd Team) received an All-American nomination playing in the middle of a defense that, in the Reign's four on-field victories recorded two shutouts and gave up a single touchdown each of the other two games.  Despite claiming the Mideast Division title, the WFA's playoff rules send the division champions on the road for a rematch with the Columbus Comets.

The Comets (4-4) claimed the 3rd Wild Card in the National Conference by finishing 2nd to the DC Divas in the Mid-Atlantic Division.  The Comets are limping into the playoffs after losing the last two games including a 72-8 rout against the Chicago Force the last week of the WFA regular season.  Despite this, a quick look at the playoff history of the Comets show that they are always a formidable opponent with a playoff victory in 2013 and an appearance in the WFA championship game in 2010.  With 10 players nominated to the All-American team the Comets appear poised for another playoff run.

The first meeting between these two teams was one-sided with the Comets claiming a 48-0 victory.  The Reign, however, has some momentum heading into the playoffs claiming a victory in Pittsburgh in their last regular season contest.  Can the Reign get revenge for their Week 6 defeat at the hands of the Comets and advance to the second round of the WFA playoffs?  Can the Comets shake off the effects of the loss to the Chicago Force and sweep the season series with the Reign?  The DC Divas await the winner of this rematch between the Reign and the Comets!

Be sure to listen to the live audio broadcast with Candice Fournier on Spreaker starting just before 7pm on Saturday, June 14th.  Thank you for your continued support and if you can't make it to Columbus be sure to tune in to Spreaker and cheer on YOUR women's full-contact tackle football team!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Reign Closes Home Schedule Against Cleveland!

Thee Toledo Reign closes out the home portion of the 2014 regular season as they welcome the Cleveland Fusion to Waite High School.

The Reign (4-1) saw their four game winning streak snapped with a 48-0 loss on the road against the Columbus Comets.  The Reign defense stepped up and caused four more turnovers, bringing the season total to an amazing 15 forced turnovers in four games (excluding the forfeit victory over Central Maryland).  Unfortunately special teams miscues combined with the offense not taking advantage of mistakes by the Comets doomed the Reign to their first defeat of the 2014 season.  The Reign now comes back home looking to start a new winning streak against in-state foes the Cleveland Fusion.

The Fusion (3-2) are coming off a commanding 71-0 victory over the Cincinnati Sizzle.  The Fusion have had better luck outside of their division, going 3-0 in games outside the Northeast Division but 0-2 against foes within their division.

The Reign and Fusion are very closely matched this season, both scoring approximately 23 points per game with Team Offense numbers ranging from 163 (Reign) to 154 (Fusion) yards per game.  Defensively the Reign holds a slight advantage in points per game (15) over the Fusion (20.2).  Cleveland swept the 2013 season series between these teams, but the Reign is poised to get back on the winning track as they march toward the playoffs.

The game this Saturday will be played at Waite High School, 301 Morrison Drive in Toledo, Ohio.  Kickoff is at 7pm and tickets are $6 with kids 5 and under free!  For our special attraction this week, all Toledo Public Schools students and staff will get into the game for $4 with their school ID's.  The film crew for "Perfect Season: The Untold Story of the Toledo Troopers" will be in attendance and we are hoping to fill the stands to provide crowd shots for the movie.  Who knows, you may find yourself in a motion picture!  We are also offering a discounted ticket price for participants in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event on May 10th.  Anyone who wears their shirt from the event to the game May 17th will receive a discounted ticket price.

This will be your last opportunity to catch the Reign at home this season so be sure to make your way out to Waite High School this Saturday and support YOUR women's full-contact tackle football team!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Reign Sweeps Division!

Thee Toledo Reign took a huge step toward locking up the Mideast division championship as they completed the sweep of the division with a 33-0 victory over the Cincinnati Sizzle.

The Reign (3-0) kept their undefeated season intact with a showcase game by Brianna "Bugg" Patman (#25).  Patman opened the game with a 54 yard touchdown run on the first offensive snap.  Patman ended the game with 131 yards on 14 carries.  Patman's night was not confined to the offensive side of the ball as she also returned two interceptions on defense for touchdowns.  On the season Patman has scored six touchdowns - three rushing, two interceptions and one punt return.

Rookie wide receiver Barb "3G" Willobee (#10) notched her second touchdown of the season with a 15 yard score and Julia "Stretch" Koralewski (#14) added to the scoring with a 22 yard strike.  Quarterback Jacki Clark (#9) finished with 9 completions for 67 yards and touchdowns to Willobee and Koralewski.

Defensively Maegan "Beast" Applegate (#51) once again lived up to her name recording five tackles, 2 tackles for loss and 1 1/2 sacks.  Sarah "Swaggz" Wagner (#32) and Kristi "Popeye" Lillie (#93) chipped in 3 1/2 tackles of their own, while Lillie also recorded 1/2 sack and two tackles for loss.

In her first game as primary kicker, rookie Sarah "Dozer" Stephens (#11) connected on three out of four extra point attempts and averaged 32.5 yards per punt.

The Reign will be back in action this Saturday, May 3rd in their first ever meeting with the 2-0 Pittsburgh Force.  Saturday's game will be held at Jack Mollenkopf Stadium on the campus of Waite High School (301 Morrison Drive, Toledo, OH).  Kickoff is at 7pm and tickets are only $6 with kids 5 and under free!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Home Opener This Saturday!

Thee Toledo Reign opens the home portion of the 2014 schedule this Saturday with a divisional matchup against the Cincinnati Sizzle.

The Reign (2-0) were last in action April 5th earning a 26-6 victory over the Derby City Dynamite on the road in Louisville.  Veteran Captain #25 Brianna "Bugg" Patman turned in an outstanding performance in the season opener rushing for 108 yards and 2 touchdowns and added a 64 yard punt return for a third score.  In her first game with the Reign, rookie wide receiver #10 Barb "3G" Willobee hauled in three passes for 116 yards, including a 75 yard touchdown reception.  12-year veteran #51 Maegan "Beast" Applegate dominated on defense with 10 total tackles, 1 for loss.  Off since the season opener and collecting a forfeit victory over the Central Maryland Seahawks along the way, The Reign hopes to carry the momentum into their home opener against division rival Cincinnati Sizzle.

The Sizzle (0-2) have stumbled out of the gate in defense of last year's division championship.  Season opening losses against the West Michigan Mayhem and the Tennessee Train have the Sizzle looking to rebound against a familiar opponent in the Reign.  The Sizzle swept the Reign last season and have a slight edge over the Reign, going 3-2 in 5 meetings over the past 3 seasons.

With a victory, the Reign would sweep their division games and be in the driver's seat steering towards the playoffs.  As the defending division champs, the Sizzle certainly won't relinquish the division crown without a fight.  Don't miss this matchup between these Ohio rivals this Saturday night!

The game this Saturday will be played at Harmon Field at Don Paul Stadium, 1100 Miller St, Fremont, OH (Fremont Ross High School).  Kickoff is at 7pm and tickets are $6 with kids 5 and under free!  Also as a special event for this game to honor our local heroes we are offering a $1 discount on tickets to any Armed Forces, Police and Fire men or women who present their ID's at the gate!  We are hoping to honor our local heroes at halftime so you will have the opportunity to leave your name at the ticket booth and be recognized for your service at halftime.  Post-game festivities will be held at the Depot Pizza and Tavern at 117 N. Monroe St., Fremont, OH.

With the forfeits over the Central Maryland Seahawks in the books there are only three regular season home games so make sure to be in the stands this Saturday to cheer on YOUR Toledo Reign!