Blitz destroys Southern Maine Rebels 61-0

François Lemieux
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Under-staffed visitors fail to obtain a first down in crushing defeat

The Montreal Blitz female football squad destroyed the Southern Maine Rebels 61-0 Saturday afternoon at Dalbe Viau High School in Lachine for its second win of the season.

The Blitz which has seven players hailing from the West Island in its ranks was led to victory by a top-notch performance by quarterback/owner Saadia Ashraf and the fact that the Rebels were critically short-staffed. The visitors fielded only the minimum amount of players for the game because of passport and various other obligations according to head coach Mindy Gilliam.

“We came up here with few players, a lot of players were playing out of position so, considering what we came up with, I don’t think we could have done any better. I’m really proud of my team,” she said.

Although the Rebels had a bigger team physically, they were clearly less mobile on the field and nervous at critical times. They weren’t able to contain the fast and determined Blitz. The entire Rebels’ roster which had to play both defense and offence completely failed defensively, unable to crack down the solid Blitz offensive line allowing Ashraf more than enough time to make the plays she wanted all game long.

“I had a lot of time to make the plays. The game went very well for us,” said Ashraf who grew up in Pointe Claire.

“Saadia had a lot of protection from the offensive line today. Their team is heavy on the defensive line but we were able to maintain the integrity of the line to keep a good protection of our quarterback,” said Blitz head coach Pierre Migner who is from Ste. Anne de Bellevue.

The Blitz scored nine touchdowns and only missed one conversion during the game. Laurence Pontbriand (2), Roxanne Granger (2), Marie-Claude Vincent (2), Alia Palmer, Stephanie Vallieres and Frederique Crête got the majors.

The Rebels’ offence was as ineffective as the defence. Relying heavily on a running game, they failed to obtain a single first down during the game. The Blitz plays its next game Saturday against the Rebels in Maine.

Organizations: Dalbe Viau High School

Geographic location: Lachine, West Island, Pointe Claire Maine

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