It was an evening of excellence on the gridirion as the Pittsburgh Passion shut out the Carolina Phoenix 51-0 at Cupples Stadium on Saturday night. The Black and Gold have won five in a row to begin the 2014 season, and remain one of four undefeated teams in the 31-team Independent Womens Football League.
The spotlight was on starting quarterback Lisa Horton, who claimed her 10,000th career passing yard on a 18-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Rachel Wojdowski. Horton is the first female quarterback in women’s football history to throw for 10,000 career yards, and finished the night with 225 yards passing, three touchdowns, and 44 rushing yards on the scoresheet.
Horton, who is in her 12th season, has led the Passion to 61 victories out of 81 starts with a total of 10,147 passing yards and 135 touchdowns. She has also contributed 1,922 yards rushing and 42 touchdowns on the ground.
The milestones continued on the South Side when in the second quarter, Wojdowski became just the second player in team history to haul in 100 career receptions. She had three receptions for 95 yards and one touchdown against the Phoenix.
Wide receiver Amanda Haeg in her seventh season became the first player in Passion history to pass for over 1,000 yards, rush for over 1,000 yards and to have 1,000 receiving yards in her career. Last week, it was Haeg who reached the 100 career reception mark against Montreal.
Late in the third quarter, running back Clara Chic became the fifth player to enter the team’s record books to rush for over 1,000 career yards. She had 74 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns.
The highlight reel also saw wide receiver Angela Baker put together a career best 105 receiving yards to go along with 44 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Not to be outdone, Pittsburgh’s defense rose to the occasion as they put up their third shutout of the season, and the 40th shutout in team history. Linebacker Octavia Griswold led the charge with six tackles and one sack to corral the Carolina offense. Defensive back Krissy Edmonds contributed three tackles, one interception, and one fumble recovery for a 35-yard touchdown return.
For some extraordinary football action, join the Passion for their third game of a four game homestand, next weekend, when Pittsburgh hosts a Week #3 rematch when the New York Sharks come to the Steel City on Saturday, May 24, at 7 p.m.