Recap vs. Philadelphia Firebirds – May 29, 2010

D.C. Divas Maintain Division Lead With 49-3 Win
DC 49, Philadelphia 3
By Rich Daniel

Landover, MD – The D.C. Divas posted a 35-point first quarter – the most in franchise history – and did so with only five offensive snaps. That proved too much and led to a 49-3 trouncing of the visiting Philadelphia Firebirds.

The Divas (5-2) once again got off to a flying start. For the second time this season, the Divas returned the game’s opening kickoff for a touchdown. Kathryn Hemlock took the opening kick and darted 86 yards for a score. Hemlock then kicked the extra point, and the lead was 7-0.

The Divas’ first offensive series lasted only three plays before the Divas rushed for a 26-yard touchdown to make it a 14-0 lead. After a muffed punt attempt by Philadelphia, the Divas recovered on the one-yard line, and LaShawn Foust pounded it into the end zone to up the DC advantage to 21-0.

The Firebirds (1-7) couldn’t generate any offense on the ensuing possession and the Divas exhilarated the home crowd with a long punt return for a touchdown and a 28-0 lead. A 16-yard touchdown run on the Divas’ next drive pushed the lead to 35-0 after one quarter.

In the second quarter, the Divas returned a second punt 70 yards for a touchdown to make it 41-0 at halftime. The extra point failure was about the only thing that didn’t work for the Divas as they closed out their regular season home schedule in style. The Divas added a touchdown and a two-point conversion in the second half to make the victory complete.

The Divas head to Boston next week to take on the Militia in what is sure to be another classic matchup. If the Divas win, they would clinch the seventh division title in the last eight years of play and host a first-round playoff game on June 12 against the Atlanta Xplosion.

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