Defense Stands Firm to Defeat D.C. in Overtime 26-22

April 22, 2017
By Mark C. Simón

SPRINGFIELD, VA. — Renegades linebacker Vicky Eddy #45 dropped D.C. Divas running back Okiima Pickett for a loss on fourth down to secure Boston’s victory in overtime, 26-22. Wide receiver Emily Beinecke #87 pulled down two touchdown passes from quarterback Allison Cahill #7, and running back Whitney Zelee #33 scored a go-ahead touchdown in the overtime period, the eventual game winner. Adrienne Smith #10 returned a punt for a touchdown in regulation.

The contest started as well as Boston could hope for. The Renegades received the opening kickoff and they proceeded downfield. Their 81-yard drive was finished by a 10-yard touchdown reception by Beinecke. Brooke Goodman #97’s PAT was good, and Boston lead 7-0 after taking about 4-and-a-half minutes off the clock.

Boston quarterback Allison Cahill #7 releases a pass while running back Whitney Zelee #33 looks on. (Boston Renegades 26 @ D.C. Divas 22 OT, 4/22/2017). Photo © 2017 Douglas Charland

Boston quarterback Allison Cahill #7 releases a pass while running back Whitney Zelee #33 looks on.
Cahill’s Renegades defeated the D.C. Divas 26-22 in overtime (4/22/2017). Photo © 2017 Douglas Charland

But their opponent responded quickly. Only 15 seconds later, Divas running back Whitney Simms put D.C. on the scoreboard with a 48-yard rush to the end zone. A successful PAT knotted the game at 7 apiece.

Despite the quick starts, yardage and points became harder to come by for both offenses. The teams traded stalled drives until the middle of the second quarter when D’Ajah Scott of the Divas returned an interception of Cahill to Boston’s 18 yard line. Simms eventually punched it in, giving D.C. a lead 13-7, as the PAT failed.

The teams traded a few more possessions before Boston struck back near the end of the half. Again it was Beinecke who found pay dirt, this time on an 18-yard reception. The ensuing extra-point kick failed, and the teams took a 13-13 tie into halftime.

Both teams continued to struggle on offense in the second half. After several back-and-forth possessions, Boston’s Adrienne Smith was able to make a big play on special teams, returning a D.C. punt for a touchdown at 3:46 in the third quarter to take a lead 20-13.

On the following drive, Vicky Eddy intercepted Divas quarterback Kendra Bates at D.C.’s 37. At the close of the quarter, the Renegades were in the red zone poised to extend their lead. However, Boston was not able to convert; a fourth-down pass attempt into the end zone was knocked down by a Divas defender.

D.C. was able to reestablish field position on their next possession, and were in good starting position at Boston’s 40 following a short punt. With 2:03 remaining, Divas wide receiver Kentrina Wilson grabbed a 7-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Amanda Congialdi. A successful PAT tied up the game 20-20, and that is how regulation ended.

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Boston’s running back Whitney Zelee #33 bursts upfield following blocks by Rese Woodfine #79 and Shana Segers #64.
Zelee’s Renegades prevailed over the D.C. Divas 26-22 in overtime. (4/22/2017) Photo © 2017 Douglas Charland

With NCAA overtime rules in effect, the Divas won the coin toss and elected to play defense first, with the Renegades starting at D.C.’s 25. Whitney Zelee soon scored on a nine-yard rush to put Boston ahead by 6. In an extraordinary turn of events, D.C. defender Safi Mojidi recovered a fumble on the extra point attempt and returned it for a defensive two-point conversion, cutting Boston’s lead to just 4, positioning the Divas to win with an end-zone score on their following possession.

The Divas drove as far as the 6 yard line but were faced with a fourth-and-1 to keep the game going. On the play, Renegades linebacker Vicky Eddy #45 dropped D.C. Divas running back Okiima Pickett for a loss to secure Boston’s victory in overtime, 26-22. The win marks Boston’s first victory over their archrivals since 2014, handing D.C. their first loss in over a year.

The Renegades will enjoy a three-game homestand beginning Saturday, April 29 when they face the Montreal Blitz.

Box Score

Robert E. Lee H.S., Springfield, Va. 1 2 3 4 OT F
Boston Renegades 7 6 7 0 6 26
D.C. Divas 7 6 0 7 2 22

Scoring Log

Q1 – BOS Emily Beineke #87, 10-yard reTD (B. Goodman PAT)
DC Whitney Simms #50, 48-yard ruTD (S. Nealis PAT)
Q2 – DC Whitney Simms #50, 2-yard ruTD (PAT failed)
BOS Emily Beinecke #87, 18-yard reTD (PAT failed)
Q3 – BOS Adrienne Smith #10, 28-yard PtRet (B. Goodman PAT)
Q4 – DC Kentrina Wilson #85, 8-yard reTD (S. Nealis PAT)
OT – BOS Whitney Zelee #33, 9-yard ruTD (B. Goodman PAT)
DC Safi Mojidi #10, Defensive 2-PT Conversion

Game Notes

Game Day Captain: OL Ashley Beckham #80

Previous game vs. opponent: 47-21 loss at Oxon Hills H.S., Oxon Hills, Md., 7/9/2016
Previous game at site: First game at this site
Renegades record vs. opponent: 1-5

Odds status: underdog (+1.5)
Win probability: 49%

Statistics

PASSING
Allison Cahill – 21/37, 179 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT, 2 Sack. Rating 65.0

RUSHING
Whitney Zelee – 24/154, TD, long of 19
Stacey Tiamfook – 4/12, long of 8
Allison Cahill – 3/-29

RECEIVING
Emily Beinecke – 7/96, 2 TD, long of 21
Adrienne Smith – 9/57, long of 13
Kathryn Tylander – 5/26, long of 8

DEFENSE
Allie Genereux — 4 Tk, 8 Ast, 2 TFL
Jessica Penta — 2 Tk, 9 Ast, TFL
Chanté Bonds — 2 Tk, 6 Ast, TFL
Sami Bloom — 2 Tk, Ast
Charlene Casey — 1 Tk, 9 Ast
Kate Miechkowski — 1 Tk, 9 Ast
Vicky Eddy — 1 Tk, 3 Ast, INT
Mocha Torres — 1 Tk, 2 Ast
March Beatty — 1 Tk, Ast
Brooke Goodman — 1 Tk, Ast
Stephanie Jeffers — 1 Tk
Erin Diette — 5 Ast
Laura Pula — 5 Ast
Brianna Gallo — 4 Ast
Shana Segers — 2 Ast
Lakia Carter — Ast

SPECIAL TEAMS
Extra Points:
Brooke Goodman — 2 for 3

Returns:
Adrienne Smith — TD

TURNOVERS
Boston – 2
DC – 1

PENALTIES
Boston – 8/85
DC – 3/15

Running back Whitney Zelee #33 sizes up would-be tacklers when the Boston Renegades faced the D.C. Divas on 4/22/2017. Zelee's Renegades won in overtime 26-22. Photo © 2017 Douglas Charland

Running back Whitney Zelee #33 sizes up would-be tacklers when the Boston Renegades faced the D.C. Divas on 4/22/2017. Zelee’s Renegades won in overtime 26-22. Photo © 2017 Douglas Charland