Recap vs. Northeastern Nitro – May 7, 2011

D.C. Divas Celebrate Centennial Game With Record Victory
DC 77, Northeastern 0
By Rich Daniel

Recap • Statistics

Landover, MD – The D.C. Divas’ historic 100th game went exactly as Divas coaches, players, and fans would have drawn it up. The Divas’ impressive rushing attack accounted for 371 yards and nine rushing touchdowns in a runaway 77-0 win against the Northeastern Nitro.

The Divas wasted no time establishing its dominance against the Nitro (2-2). On the first offensive play of the game, Kenyetta Grigsby ripped off a 55-yard touchdown run to put the Divas ahead, 7-0. Grigsby added two more touchdowns later on her way to an eight-carry, 152-yard night.

The first play of the second offensive series produced another long touchdown run, a 34-yard scoring scamper by Okiima Pickett. Pickett only carried the ball four times, but two of them were for touchdowns. Stephanie Walker also made the most of her five carries with three touchdowns, and Ayrica Walker added her first score of the year.

The Divas (5-0), as usual, also displayed a strong passing game. Allyson Hamlin was six of 11 for two touchdowns and won as a starting quarterback for the 53rd time in 62 career starts. The Divas put together a 63-point first half, which were the most points are the most scored in any of the 200 halves played by the Divas in team history.  The 77 total points scored against Northeastern tied the franchise record.

Tea Törmänen from Finland, who won a bronze medal in the first-ever IFAF World Championships last summer, led a Divas defense with seven tackles on the night. The Divas recorded their third shutout in five games this year.

The Divas now have a 79-21 record in their first 100 games and became only the third team along with the New York Sharks and the Sacramento Sirens to reach the century mark. The Divas have a bye week and then head to Philadelphia on May 21 for a divisional matchup with the Liberty Belles.

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