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April 7, 2010 > Bay Area Bandits drop inaugural game

Bay Area Bandits drop inaugural game

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

In its inaugural game in the Independent Womenâs Football League (IWFL) the Fremont-based Bay Area Bandits traveled to Sacramento and were downed by the Sirens, 33-13.

It started off well for the Bandits, who raced down the field after the opening kickoff, culminating in an 18-yard touchdown strike from Sandra Hernandez to Jennifer Romanini, giving the Bandits an early 7-0 lead.

Sacramento quickly responded with a running touchdown on its first series of the game to tie the contest at 7-7, where it would stand into the second quarter.

Hernandez put the Bandits ahead early in the second quarter with another TD pass, this time a 47-yard pitch-and-catch to Latrice Johnson (27 yards of which came after the catch) for a 13-7 lead after missing the PAT.

Stellar defense by the likes of defensive back Kim Mosley and linebacker Danielle Golay held the Sirens in tact for the duration of the half. Heading into the locker room, the Bandits held a 13-7 edge.

âThe atmosphere of the first game for the Bandits was very energetic,â said Bandits General Manager Neda Mohammadi, âespecially during the pre game and first half.â

In the second half, the Sirens exploded for 26 points while shutting down the Banditsâ offensive attack.

On the Sirens opening series of the second half, they were able to run the ball all the way down the field, finishing up with a 21-yard gallop into the end zone by Ashlee Sharp. The game remained tied when the Sirens failed to convert the PAT.

After forcing a punt, the Sirens got back to work on offense. With the help of a 15-yard face mask penalty, the Sirens got down the field and converted it into seven points, taking its first lead of the game at 20-13.

Sacramento extended its lead to 13 points when they forced another punt from the Bandits and then handed it to Jennie Ann Quan who galloped into the end zone from her fullback position. The point after was missed, giving the Sirens a 26-13 lead.

Sacramento tacked on another touchdown in the fourth quarter to spread the lead out to 20 points, 33-13, where the game would end.

âThe Sirens did a good job of adjusting at half time and coming back for the win,â said Mohammadi. âThe Sirens team has been well established in the league for 10 years. They have three championships and the Bandits gave them a run for their money.â

Next up for the Bandits is the home opener on Saturday, April 10, against the Portland Shockwave. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Tak Fudenna Memorial Stadium at Washington High School in Fremont.

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