Boston Renegades ravage D.C. Divas 70-0
Renegades linebacker #53 Deanna Walsh zeroes in on D.C. Divas quarterback Silvie Aibeche. Courtesy/©Douglas Charland

Renegades Ravage D.C. 70-0

June 5, 2021

ALEXANDRIA, VA — The Boston Renegades posted their third shutout of the 2021 season by defeating the D.C. Divas 70-0. Boston’s defense and special teams shined, collecting four turnovers and scoring three times. Wide receiver Stephanie Pascual and running back Chanté Bonds each scored two touchdowns on offense.

Before the game, the teams observed a moment of remembrance and recognition for Renegades Assistant Coach Alan Lockhart. D.C. Divas Public Address Announcer Marc Goldman delivered a touching tribute to Coach Al who passed away on May 29 at age 65. Lockhart was a staple in Boston’s local football community, including Boston Women’s Football. He coached defensive line for the Renegades, the New England Intensity, and the regions first women’s football team, the New England Storm.

Defense and Special Teams Shine

The Renegades defense and special teams ravaged the Divas from whistle to whistle. Boston’s first score — a 13-yard rush by Bonds — was set up on a punt blocked by defensive end Danielle Fournier. On D.C.’s second series, linebacker Allie Genereux scooped up a fumble forced by defensive end Erin Diette and returned it 7 yards for a touchdown. On the Divas’ third series, linebacker Spring Gamble jumped on a fumbled long snap in the end zone. It was the first fumble recovery and defensive touchdown in Gamble’s career. Boston was up 21-0 before taking their second snap on offense.

Sami Bloom recovered an onside kick on special teams and Tee Creech collected her second interception of the season, creating two more scoring opportunities for the Renegades.

To cap off the first half in which Boston scored 56 points, linebacker Shannon Singletary made her first career touchdown return after picking off a pass attempt by Divas quarterback Silvie Aibeche. 

Boston Renegades defensive back Shannon Singletary makes an interception
Boston Renegades defensive back Shannon Singletary makes an interception against the D.C. on June 5, 2021. © Douglas Charland

Changes for D.C.

The game was Aibeche’s first as the Divas’ starting quarterback. She stepped in after Amanda Congialdi fell with an ACL injury in the previous game. Aibeche was under duress all night by Renegades pass rushers and she was sacked five times. Defensive end Erin Diette and linebacker Lisa Swanson each collected two sacks and linebacker Hannah Jennings also had a sack. The rookies Swanson and Jennings made their first career sacks.

Also stepping into a new role for the Divas was Allysea Marfull who took over the Head Coaching duties from Barry Thompson. Better known by her nickname “Ghost”, Marfull played 9 seasons in D.C. on the offensive line and is a D.C. Divas Hall of Famer.

Matta joins in

On the offensive side of the ball, Bonds led the way with 125 combined yards and two touchdowns. British speedster Ruth Matta made her 2021 debut with 72 yards and a touchdown on 12 rushes. Quarterback Allison Cahill made 13 passes for 137 yards and three scores, two to Pascual and one to Adrienne Smith. Smith led all receivers with 45 yards on 4 catches, followed by Pascual who had 40 yards on 5 catches. Quarterback Heather Marini, who relieved Cahill in the fourth quarter, rushed for her first touchdown since coming to the Women’s Football Alliance from Gridiron Victoria.

Boston’s kickers were perfect on the day. Vanessa Aukshunas kicked eight PATs while Mariette Martinez kicked two. 

For the third time in as many meetings, the Renegades handed the D.C. the largest margin of defeat in their history. With a 46-point margin of victory on June 29, 2019, Boston broke an 18-year record for margin of victory against the Divas set by the Philadelphia Liberty Belles on April 28, 2001. The Philadelphia Liberty Belles posted a 40-0 shutout in the Divas’ very first game. The Renegades then topped their own record with a 50-point margin three weeks ago. With the 70-0 victory, the record now stands at 70 points.

Outlook

After a bye week, the Renegades travel to Detroit for a rematch with the Dark Angels. It will be the regular season finale for Boston who anticipate a first-round playoff bye before hosting the conference championship July 10 in Revere.

Box Score

Thomas Jefferson High School, Alexandria, Va.1234F
Boston Renegades352101470
D.C. Divas00000

Scoring Log

QTIMETEAMSCORING PLAYSDCBOS
112:11BOSChanté Bonds 13yd ruTD (Vanessa Aukshunas kick)07
10:47BOSAllie Genereux 7yd FUM retTD (Aukshunas kick)014
9:00BOSSpring Gamble 0yd FUM retTD (Aukshunas kick)021
7:59BOSStephanie Pascual 15yd reTD from Allison Cahill (Aukshunas kick)028
0:42BOSRuth Matta 15yd ruTD (Aukshunas kick)035
27:27BOSStephanie Pascual 1yd reTD from Cahill (Aukshunas kick)042
2:07BOSBonds 10yd ruTD (Aukshunas kick)049
0:31BOSShannon Singletary 45yd INT retTD (Aukshunas kick)056
413:58BOSSmith 10 yd reTD (Mariette Martinez kick)063
7:02BOSHeather Marini 1yd ru TD (Martinez kick)070

Game Notes

Game Day Captains: #24 Briannah Gallo and #11 Sarah Tully

Players of the Game: #23 Spring Gamble (Defense), #21 Chanté Bonds (Offense), #56 Nicole Gordon (Spotlight)

Milestones: #13 Shannon Singletary scored her first career touchdown. #6 Heather Marini scored her first touchdown since joining the WFA from Gridiron Victoria. #23 Spring Gamble made her first fumble recovery and defensive touchdown. #56 Nicole Gordon made her first career start. Both #46 Hannah Jennings and #57 Lisa Swanson made their first career sacks.

Previous game vs. opponent: Boston Renegades 56, D.C. Divas 6, 5/15/2021
Previous game at site: None (Boston Renegades 37, D.C. Divas 32, 4/27/19 at The St. James, Springfield, Va.)
Renegades record vs. opponent: 10-6

Odds status (Massey) : favorite (-9)
Win probability (Massey) : 60%

Photos: Douglas Charland
Video:  D.C. Divas Official Facebook Page

Statistics

TEAM TOTALS

BOSTONDC
Total Plays4453
Total Yards32916
Passing Yards13719
Rushing Yards192-3
First Downs206
Third Downs3-4 (75)%2-10 (20%)
Fourth Downs-0-5 (0%)
Turnovers04
Fumbles Lost02
Interceptions Thrown02
Penalties47
Penalty Yards4555

OFFENSE

PASSINGYDSCMPATTPCTAVGTDINTLNGRTG
#7 Allison Cahill137131776.47%10.53022138.24
#6 Heather Marini0000.00%0.000
RUSHINGYDSATTAVGLNGTDFUM
#21 Chante Bonds103911.42020
#22 Ruth Matta72126.01010
#31 Alison Gauvin10110.0900
#20 Katherine Falkowski818.0900
#6 Heather Marini212.0210
#7 Allison Cahill-31-3.0-300
RECEIVINGYDSRECLONGAVGTDTGTDROP
#10 Adrienne Smith4542111.2515
#3 Stephanie Pascual405158271
#21 Chante Bonds221222201
#8 Lauren Yung201202002
#87 Emily Beinecke1026502

DEFENSE

SOLOASTCOMBTFLSCKPDINTFUMFFBLKTD
#52 Allie Genereux6.539.5111
#57 Lisa Swanson4.515.522
#30 Erin Diette4.559.5321
#46 Hannah Jennings44821
#24 Briannah Gallo3.536.51
#84 Megan McFadden3.514.50
#68 Samantha McKay3691.5
#2 Carolyn Da Cunha2.513.50
#70 Danielle Fournier2.535.51.511
#23 Spring Gamble2.513.52111
#56 Nicole Gordon2460.5
#89 Christina Riggieri2460.5
#4 Kyshani Dummott1.512.50
#36 Charlene Casey1.534.50
#13 Shannon Singletary1010111
#28 Latoya Saulters1010
#44 Samantha Bloom10101
#5 Shantia Creech10101
#53 Deanna Walsh0.511.50
#42 Jennifer Tamilio0.511.50

SPECIAL TEAMS

EXTRA POINTSXPMXPAXP%
#40 Vanessa Aukshunas88100%
#81 Mariette Martinez22100%
 
FIELD GOALSFGMFGAFG%
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KICKOFFSKOYDSAVGLONGTBIN20
#81 Mariette Martinez1145741.56000
 
PUNTSPYDSAVGLONGTBIN20
#80 Ash Beckham188.0800
 
KICKOFF RETURNSRETYDSAVGLONGTDFUM
#21 Chanté Bonds100.0000
 
PUNT RETURNSRETYDSAVGLONGTDFUM
#5 Tee Creech12424.02400
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