Steve Derderian, Cape Cod Times
Jeffers, a 2003 graduate, and Beatty, a 2004 graduate, are both in their third season with the Boston Renegades, a top-division team in the Women’s Football Alliance which went undefeated until losing last year’s championship game.
Jeffers, the team’s starting right guard, said she’s giving it her all since it’ll be her last year as a player. She has played women’s football since 2010 and joined Boston when its team was named the Militia in 2012.
“When you have a close family, you want to make it happen,” Jeffers said. “I want to win this. … That’s why I’ll go that much harder.”
“This year has been time to finish,” Beatty added.
The team went 6-2 in the regular season, but is now one win away from getting back to the title game. Boston will visit the D.C. Divas, one of two teams the Renegades lost to in the regular season, at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Maryland, located outside the Washington Redskins’ home stadium.
The winner plays for the WFA National Championship on July 28 in Atlanta against Saturday’s other semifinal victor, either the Los Angeles Warriors or Kansas City Titans.
Beatty, a school teacher in Rockland, is in her third season playing defensive back for the Renegades. She had a team-high five tackles in a 56-0 win over the Philadelphia Phantomz, which was the team’s second straight shutout.
“Everything was clicking,” Beatty said. “That was a good confidence builder. Defense is a close group, like a family.”
Beatty said this year has been her favorite.
“It’s learning the game more, watching a ton of film,” she said. “The team clicks well. We know how to deal with adversity. We’re getting good at it.”
Jeffers, a union electrician by trade, said she is looking into potential coaching after her playing days conclude.
“Team USA gave a lot of opportunities to get into coaching,” said Jeffers, who also continues to advocate for players to get paid in the future. “Maybe I could get into high school or college and go that way.”