Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Slam Will Face Tampa Bay for Women's Football Title

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Slam Will Face Tampa Bay for Women's Football Title

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For the second time in as many seasons, the St. Louis Slam will square off against the Tampa Bay Inferno for the Women's Football Alliance Division II title.

The Friday championship game is one of three being played this weekend at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh, home of the United Soccer League's Riverhounds. The Slam and the Inferno are slated for a 6 p.m. (St. Louis time) kickoff.

The Arkansas Wildcats and Orlando Anarchy will play for the DIII title Friday at 11 a.m., with the Division I WBowl between the Dallas Elite and Boston Renegades set for Saturday at 6 p.m.

In addition, there's the WFA All-American Game featuring the league's all-star players at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

The Slam, who also won a national championship in 2009, defeated Tampa Bay 38-7 in last year's title game.

"I'd like to think it gives us an edge, knowing that we handled them last year," Slam captain and linebacker Tiffany Pugh said early this week, "but beating a team a second time is always difficult. They remember last year's game, too, and I'm sure their No. 1 goal is to try and repay us. No matter what, we know they'll be bringing their best and we have to be ready to respond with our best game, too."

Lineman Myreta "Myrt" Davis took it a step further, saying that the Slam need to forget about last year.

"We're not the same team as we were, and neither are they," she said. "For that reason, we have to approach this like any other opponent. We need to study film and make sure that we're prepared for anything. All season, our coaches have talked about us playing with a target on our backs as defending champs. On Friday, if we expect to come home with the title, we know we're going to have go out and earn it."

The Slam are 9-1, having lost to Division I semifinalist Chicago in the regular-season finale. In the playoffs, the Slam blasted the Madison (Wis.) Blaze 69-8 and then rallied late to pull away from the Mile High Blaze of suburban Denver 43-21.

Tampa Bay is 11-0 with playoff wins over the Miami Fury (27-6), the Carolina Phoenix (35-26) and the Montreal Blitz (58-26).

TRIO TO RETIRE

Friday marks the final Slam game for Davis, strong safety Robyn Morrow and left tackle Juan Snow. …

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