Boston Renegades defeated the Detroit Dark Angels 41-3

Renegades Roll Dark Angels 41-3

June 19, 2021

DETROIT — Allison Cahill launched three touchdown strikes and Ruth Matta scored twice on the ground and once through the air to lead the Boston Renegades to victory over the Detroit Dark Angels 41-3 in the final game of the regular season. The Renegades defense collected four sacks and nine tackles-for-loss, and allowed no pass completions. Linebacker Allie Genereux had a monster game amassing 21 combined tackles, a career high. 

This was the first trip to Detroit for any Boston Women’s Football team. The Dark Angels welcomed their guests with an onside kick which Detroit recovered, but they were forced to punt six plays later.

On Boston’s first possession, running back #21 Chanté Bonds gashed Detroit’s defense with runs of 11, 14, an 15 yards. The 73-yard, ten-play drive culminated in Bonds’ tenth touchdown of the season. #11 Sarah Tully returned to action for the first time this season to kick the extra point. In 2019, Tully topped the league in extra point kicks made (46). 

After the Dark Angels turned over the ball on downs, Boston again turned to its running backs. Bonds ripped a 27-yard run, and an 11-yard dash. #22 Ruth Matta then caught a short screen pass and turned it upfield for a 27-yard touchdown. Matta also scored twice in the third quarter on rushes of 22 and 42 yards.

Quarterback #7 Allison Cahill also threw touchdown passes to #87 Emily Beinecke and #11 Sarah Tully. #8 Lauren Yung turned in her most prolific performance of the season, leading all wide receivers with 43 yards. The final score was 41-3 in favor of the Renegades. The Renegades previously defeated the Dark Angels 62-0 in the season opener at home.

Regular Season Accomplishments

With regular season play in the books, the Renegades can briefly enjoy some of their teammates’ accomplishments before turning their eyes to the playoffs.

  • Allison Cahill surpassed the 300 career touchdown mark. She also captured the regular season passing title with 948 yards. She also lead the league in completion percentage (73.9%), touchdown passes (19), and quarterback rating (141.67).
  • Rookie #40 Vanessa Aukshunas finished with a perfect kicking percentage on PATs. She is only the ninth player in the history of the WFA to accomplish this feat. She also finished the regular season with the most extra-point kicks in the league (24). She is the first player in WFA history to accomplish both feats in the same season.
  • Allie Genereux finished the regular season as the league’s top tackler with 61 combined tackles.
  • #5 Tee Creech lead the league in punt return touchdowns (2) and punt return average (32).

The Playoff Picture

Boston sits atop the league’s national rankings after finishing the regular season 5-0. The WFA playoffs begin on Saturday, June 26 but the Renegades will enjoy a bye week. On Saturday, July 10 Boston will host the WFA National Conference Championship Game at Harry della Russo Stadium in Revere, Mass. They will face the winner of the playoff game between the D.C. Divas (1-3) and Tampa Bay Inferno (6-0). 

The Minnesota Vixen (6-0), Cali War (5-1), Arlington Impact (4-2) and Dallas Elite (3-3) are the contenders for the American Conference title.

Back-to-back champions in 2018 and 2019, the Renegades seek to be the first team to win three consecutive titles in Women’s Football Alliance.

Box Score

Hawk Community Center, Farmington, Mich.1234F
Boston Renegades14714641
Detroit Dark Angels03003

Scoring Log

QTIMETEAMSCORING PLAYSDETBOS
18:21BOSChanté Bonds 15-yard ruTD (Sarah Tully kick)07
1:35BOSRuth Matta 27-yard reTD from Allison Cahill (Tully kick)014
27:40BOSEmily Beinecke 5-yard pass from Cahill (Tully kick)021
0:01DETSarah Monte 24-yard FG321
37:50BOSRuth Matta 42-yard ruTD (Tully kick)328
2:14BOSRuth Matta 22-yard ruTD (Tully kick)335
48:49BOSSarah Tully 4-yard reTD from Cahill (Tully kick failed)341

Game Notes

Game Day Captains: #56 Nicole Gordon and #4 Kyshani Dummott

Players of the Game: #52 Allie Genereux (Defense), #22 Ruth Matta (Offense), #57 Lisa Swanson (Spotlight)

Milestones:

  • This was the first road game in Detroit in the history of Boston Women’s Football.
  • It is confirmed that Allison Cahill has surpassed 300 career touchdown passes. (Data from fifteen games from early in Cahill’s career is missing, it is likely Cahill reached the 300 mark earlier this season.)
  • #52 Allie Genereux posted a personal single-game high 21 combined tackles. She also lead the league this season with 61 combined tackles.
  • #40 Vanessa Aukshunas finished the 2021 regular season with a perfect kicking percentage on PATs. She is only the ninth player in the history of the Women’s Football Alliance to accomplish this feat. She also finished the 2021 regular season with the most PATs (24) in the . She is the first player in WFA history to accomplish both of those feats in the same season.
  • #7 Allison Cahill lead all quarterbacks in the WFA 2021 regular season in passing yards (948), completion percentage (73.9%), touchdown passes (19), and quarterback rating (141.67).
  • #5 Tee Creech finished the regular season as league leader in punt return average (32) and punt return touchdowns (2).

Previous game vs. opponent: Renegades 62, Detroit Dark Angels 0 (Harry della Russo Stadium, Revere, Mass.)
Previous game at site: None 
Renegades record vs. opponent: 2-0

Odds status (Massey) : favorite (-38)
Win probability (Massey) : 93%

 

Statistics

TEAM TOTALS

BOSTONDETROIT
Total Plays4559
Total Yards36886
Passing Yards1880
Rushing Yards18086
First Downs209
Third Downs3-6 (50%)1-13 (8%)
Fourth Downs2-2 (100%)2-7 (29%)
Turnovers00
Fumbles Lost00
Interceptions Thrown00
Penalties67
Penalty Yards5035

OFFENSE

PASSINGYardsCompAttPctAvgTDIntLongRating
#7 Allison Cahill174142166.67%12.430129131.74
#6 Heather Marini1411100.00%14.00014118.75
RUSHINGYDSATTAVGLNGTD
#22 Ruth Matta105911.7422
#21 Chanté Bonds83613.8271
#7 Allison Cahill-31-3
#20 Kate Falkowski-52-2.5
RECEIVINGYDSRECLONGAVGTDTGTDROP
#8 Lauren Yung4322921.502
#3 Stephanie Pascual4332414.304
#10 Adrienne Smith394199.807
#22 Ruth Matta271272711
#87 Emily Beinecke152107.513
#15 Kathryn Tylander141141401
#11 Sarah Tully414412
#20 Kate Falkowski313301
#31 Alison Gauvin0000011

DEFENSE

SOLOASTCOMBTFLSCKPDINTFUMFFBLK
#52 Allie Genereux129213.50.5
#24 Briannah Gallo87150.5
#70 Danielle Fournier55101
#23 Spring Gamble4610
#36 Charlene Casey459
#53 Deanna Walsh3580.51
#57 Lisa Swanson3581.51.5
#46 Hannah Jennings371010.5
#5 Shantia Creech336111
#89 Christina Riggieri325
#68 Samantha McKay2460.5
#38 Lisa Vincent224
#2 Carolyn Da Cunha1232
#30 Erin Diette112
#4 Kyshani Dummott112
#20 Kate Falkowski011

SPECIAL TEAMS

EXTRA POINTSXPMXPAXP%
#11 Sarah Tully5683.33%
 
FIELD GOALSFGMFGAFG%
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KICKOFFSKOYDSAVGLONGTBIN20
#52 Allie Genereux726938.44701
 
PUNTSPYDSAVGLONGTBIN20
#80 Ash Beckham13737.03701
 
KICKOFF RETURNSRETYDSAVGLONGTDFUM
#8 Lauren Yung13030.03000
 
PUNT RETURNSRETYDSAVGLONGTDFUM
#5 Tee Creech22010.02000
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