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May 4, 2010 > Bandits hitting their stride

Bandits hitting their stride

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.
Photos By Mike Heightchew

Four weeks into the inaugural season for the Independent Women's Football League Bay Area Bandits, it seems like they are going to be a tough out.

After getting a dose of reality in the opening week of play, losing to the Sacramento Sirens 33-13, the Bandits have reeled off three straight victories, including the last two against the Southern California Breakers.

Two weeks ago, the Bandits went to Southern California and handed the Breakers a 42-7 defeat. After a bye week, the two met up on Saturday, May 1, at Tak Fudenna Stadium on the Washington High School campus in Fremont and, again, handily beat the IWFL team from SoCal, 26-6.

"We played a really tough team today," said Bandits offensive coordinator Tony Macon. "But we were able to prevail."

Offensive line play for the Bandits controlled the game, leading to Dakura Smith rushing for 170 yards, while Rachell Darrow scampered into the end zone twice.

"We had a strong running game, excellent job by the offensive line," said Macon. "We rushed for over 300 yards."

Latrice Johnson dominated on the defensive side of the ball for the Bandits, recording seven tackles. But Johnson sparked the entire defensive unit with her 29-yard interception return for a touchdown. LaStar Brown chipped in with six tackles and an interception.

"Our defense was really great," said Macon. "Up until the last series, the Breakers had less than 100 total yards for the game."

Capping the scoring for the Bandits, the combo of Sandra Hernandez and Jennifer Romanini hooked up for a score. Hernandez tossed the TD pass to Romanini. The two hooked up in the Bandits' home opener, a 13-0 win over the Portland Shockwave.

After another bye week, the Bandits will head back down to Southern California to take on the Los Angeles Amazons, Saturday, May 15, at 7 p.m. On Saturday, May 22, the Bandits return home to take on the Modesto Maniax. Kickoff at Tak is set for 1 p.m.

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