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Force vs. 3rd Rd: Boston Renegades
Result: 33-47 L  
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Force vs. 2nd Rd: Pittsburgh Passion
Result: 45-0 W  
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Force vs. St. Louis Slam
Result: 44-20 W  
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Force vs. Boston Renegades
Result: 24-25 L  
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Force vs. Toledo Reign
Result: 52-0 W  
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Force vs. Minnesota Vixen
Result: 53-0 W  
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Force vs. D.C. Divas
Result: 28-21 W  
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Force vs. Detroit Dark Angels
Result: 84-0 W  
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CHICAGO FORCE vs. Detroit Demolition

Result: 18-7 W

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The Force Writing a New Chapter

CHICAGO, IL.Most teams striving to be the best measure themselves against the elite. The Force is no different. The five time National Champion Detroit Demolition came to town Saturday night looking to run their undefeated streak against Chicago to 7-0 over the past 3 seasons. It’s possible that a new beginning in the leadership of the Midwest Conference has begun. The Force (2-0) carefully followed the coach’s game plan to a T, and got the proverbial monkey off their backs with a decisive 18-7 victory in front of a raucous capacity home crowd on Alumni Night.

As in usual fashion when these two teams clash, the first quarter was a scoreless defensive battle. On their first possession of the second quarter, and the ball sitting on the Force 38 yard line, the ‘O’ line, led by Stacey Baker, Rosalyn Bennett, Keesha Brooks, Jamie Menzyk and Dawn Pederson, blew open holes for RB sensation Melissa Smith, (22-122) who on two straight carries gained 5 and 14 yards by following the downfield blocks of Angie Bandstra and Bridget Fahrner. That set up QB Sami Grisafe’s picture perfect 38 yard strike to WR Brandi Srda, who then streaked down the left sideline hoisting the ball in the air as she crossed the goal line. The extra point try failed and the Force settled for an early 6-0 lead. With less than 2 minutes to go until intermission, the Demolition took advantage of a muffed snap on a punt attempt that resulted in good field position at the Force 27 yard line. Four plays later, QB, Bridget Porter found WR, Nicole Randolph open in the end zone from 13 yards out. The extra point was good to give the Demolition a 7-6 edge at halftime.

In the second half, the Holmgren Athletic Complex scoreboard flashed ‘Defense’. The Chicago Spirit Brigade cheerleaders revved up the crowd with a chant of ‘stop that run’. That’s exactly what the Force defense did all game long, with relentless penetration and crisp tackling. At 12:28 of the third quarter, Demolition punter Cassandra Stinson dropped the ball, and then tried to advance. Only to be buried by LB’s Darcy Leslie and Pederson all the way back to the Demolition 8 yard line. The Force ‘O’ line continued to put the defense back on their heels two yard gains by RB Marcie Myers and Smith advanced the ball to the four. One play later, Grisafe hit a wide-open TE Kim Marks in the middle of the end zone for the winning touchdown with 10:57 left in the contest. Smith appeared to cross the goal line for the two point conversion, but the line judge disagreed putting the Force lead at 12-7.

The Force defense put the icing on the cake. After an accurate punt by Jess McPeake that dropped the ball at the Demolition 12 with 2:32 to go, Marks (a two way player) laid a big hit on QB Bridget Porter. Fellow line mate Brooks pounced on the ball in the end zone for her first career score. "I wasn’t going to move or get up until I knew for sure that it was a touchdown," said a very emotional Brooks. It is safe to say that the Force defense led by Co-Captain Pam Schaffrath and her mates, Linda Bache, Brooks, Leslie, McPeake, Pederson, Kenshira Traylor, and Srda are the conference finest. This is the first big hump that we needed to get over," explained Schaffrath. "We need to continue to work hard, stay level headed and this could be our year."

The Force will travel to Kenosha, Wisconsin to take on the Warriors Saturday April, 26. Game time is 7pm.

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