Recap vs. Erie Illusion – May 8, 2004

D.C. Divas Decisively Beat Erie for Second Week in a Row
DC 46, Erie 0
By Rich Daniel and Katie Echols

Recap • Statistics

Washington, DC – The D.C. Divas hosted the Erie Illusion on May 8, just one week after handing them a 34-0 loss on their own turf in Erie. The Divas again showed their muscle with a commanding win of 46-0.

Any Illusion the Erie team had of winning started to fade quickly. In the first quarter, the Divas’ Raynette Savoy scored with a 40-yard interception return. With an extra point by Stacy Palmer, the score was 7-0.

The Illusion (0-4) weren’t able to do anything with their next possession, and the Divas kept turning up the heat with another touchdown by running back Adrienne Lewis. Another kick reached through the goal posts, and the score was 14-0. Later, gains on the ground and in the air led to the Divas’ Tara Kallal running in another touchdown. With another completed kick, the D.C. Divas were on top, 21-0, at halftime.

The Divas (4-0) kept firm control of the game in the third quarter. Running back Donna Wilkinson found the end zone early in the third period to make the score 27-0. The Illusion struggled in vain to gain ground against the D.C. Divas’ defense, but the hits just kept coming. Two more touchdowns – one on a run by Vickie Lucas and another on a 31-yard run by Monica Livingston – jacked the score up to 40-0.

With just a minute left, the Illusion continued their quest for a touchdown when linebacker Debbie Frye intercepted a pass and ran it in for the Divas’ last touchdown of the evening. This made the final score a triumphant 46-0.

The Divas’ defense continued their impressive play by registering their third shutout in four games. In two seasons of play, the Illusion have yet to score in four games against the Divas’ defense. The entire defense was voted as the team defensive MVP for the game, as the Divas held the Illusion to less than 100 yards and just four first downs.

As part of a five-interception defensive day, Raynette Savoy and Debbie Frye both returned interceptions for touchdowns. “Last week, we had nine drops that could have been interceptions,” said Raynette Savoy after her 50-yard return for a score. “We knew as a defense we had to step up and, as we like to say in the secondary, get big.”

The Divas’ offense has outscored opponents 176 to 14 in four games this year. The rushing attack rang up 330 yards on the ground, with Donna Wilkinson accounting for 126 yards and a touchdown. Monica Livingston, Tara Kallal, Vickie Lucas, and Adrienne Lewis rounded out the Divas’ touchdown rushing attack. Quarterback Allyson Hamlin added 119 yards on nine-of-15 passing. And for the second consecutive week, the entire offensive line was voted MVP on offense.

The D.C. Divas’ record is now 4-0 as they head to Roanoke on May 15 and Pittsburgh on May 22. After a bye weekend, the Divas then return home for games with Pittsburgh June 5 and Baltimore June 12.

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