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May 18, 2010 > Bandits stun Amazons in come-from-behind fashion

Bandits stun Amazons in come-from-behind fashion

Submitted By Kara Kimmel

The Bay Area Bandits came off a bye week ready to take on the Tier I Los Angeles Amazons and came away with one of the biggest come-back upsets in Independent Women's Football League play, 33-22.

The first half was dominated by both team's defenses. The Bandits offense was able to make progress against the Amazons defense, but was eventually forced to punt. The Bandits defense was able to contain the Amazons offense, and forced them to punt. Neither team was able to get on the board in the first quarter, leaving the score tied at 0-0.

The second quarter was very similar to the first, and both teams' defenses were able to contain the others' offense. The Amazons scored first on an end-around reverse for a touchdown. The two-point conversion was good, putting the Amazons up 8-0.

After another offensive series by the Bandits, they were forced to punt. The Amazons were driving and had a long pass along the side, but safety Rosaria Del Cuore came from the middle to make a huge hit to prevent the score. The Bandits defense was able to hold the Amazons and went into the locker room down 8-0 at halftime.

The Bandits kicked off to the Amazons to start the second half, but linebacker La Star Brown was able to break through their line and force a fumble. Esmi Mendoza recovered the ball for the Bandits.

Bandits were able to jump on the scoreboard when quarterback Sandra Hernandez found wide receiver Jennifer Romanini in the end zone for a 25-yard TD reception. The two-point conversion was no good, leaving the Bandits down 8-6. The Amazons responded with a quick TD of their own putting them up 15-6.

The Bandits were able to move the ball against the Amazons, including a Latrice Johnson 10-yard reception, but Hernandez was intercepted soon after. The Amazons then worked the ball down the field and scored, putting them up 22-6 midway through the fourth quarter.

The Bandits started deep in their own territory after a penalty was assessed prior to the kick off. The offense was able to work their way down the field with receptions by Esmi Mendoza and Kara Kimmel, along with a 32-yard reception by Johnson. The drive concluded with another touchdown pass from Hernandez to Romanini leaving the Bandits down 22-12 with under three minutes.

Bandit kicker Shalom Kimble hit an onside kick which the Amazons bobbled and Kimmel jumped on. The Bandits ran their two-minute offense and Hernandez rolled back and completed a 12-yard pass to Johnson for a score. The two-point conversion completion to Danielle Golay left the Bandits down 22-20 with just over a minute left on the clock.

Kimble hit another onside kick that Sarah Henry pounced on at the Amazons' 24-yard line, setting up the Bandits for the winning drive.

After an incomplete pass, Hernandez hit Kimmel for a 17-yard pickup to put the Bandits on the seven. With 11 seconds left on the clock, Hernandez found Romanini in the end zone for her third touchdown reception to put the Bandits up 26-22 after the PAT failed.

With six seconds on the clock, the Amazons aired out a desperation pass, but Romanini intercepted the pass and ran it back for a touchdown with no time on the clock, ending the game at the final, 33-22.

Dakura Smith finished with 102 yards rushing and 27 yards receiving. Fullback Rachel Darrow had six carries for 26 yards. Romanini had 78 yards to go with her three touchdowns, while Johnson had 71 yards receiving with her touchdown. Hernandez finished the day with 267 yards passing and four touchdowns.

The Bandits (4-1) return home to play division challengers Modesto Maniax on Saturday, May 22, at Tak Fudenna Memorial Stadium at 1 p.m.

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