Tuesday, April 7, 2015

2015 Women's Football Preseason Preview: North County Stars

Photo Credit: North County Stars

Quick Hits

Location: North San Diego County, CA
Team Colors: Red, White, & Blue
League: Independent Women's Football League
Conference: Western
Division: Pacific West
Championships: None
Head Coach: Calvin McClain (2nd Season)
Official Website: www.northcountystars.com

2014 Recap: 2-4 (Finished 3rd in Pacific West)

After the San Diego Sting folded prior to the 2014 season, the Stars emerged to take it's place as the North County's women's football franchise. Despite big time play from running back Denise "Tommy" Thomas and a highly productive offensive line, the Stars ended their inaugural season with just two wins, both at the expense of the Tucson Monsoon.

2015 Outlook

If losing their leading rusher and scorer wasn't enough, the addition of the Sacramento Sirens to an already tough division should make things even more difficult for the second-year franchise.

Stars head coach and team owner Calvin McClain isn't fazed by the competition boost.

"That's a good thing," McClain says. "Anybody who plays sports wants to play the best. That's how you get better."

"I think we'll be alright going into [the season]," McClain added.

While the Stars are expected to have an upgraded group of receivers and defensive linewomen, they also return four IWFL All-Stars to an offensive line that was named the team's offensive MVP as a unit in 2014.

"The offensive line was the catalyst of our team last season, and this season it's going to be the same," McClain says. "We're just going to have to ground and pound, because that's what makes our team, and that's who we are."

Newcomer Renea Hickman will replace Thomas as the Stars' leader in the ground attack.

Impact Returners

QB Carla Duenas
- Stars' leading passer in 2014
- 2015 Team Captain

DL Icy Franklin
- 2014 Western Conference All-Star
- 2014 Team Defensive MVP

OL/LB Monica Jones
- 2014 Western Conference All-Star
- 2015 Team Captain

OL Lani Kaleopa
- 2014 Western Conference All-Star

OL/LB Patricia McClain
- 2014 Western Conference All-Star
- 2015 Team Captain

2015 Schedule

April 11th: at California Quake
April 18th: vs. Phoenix Phantomz
April 25th: at Tuscon Monsoon
May 2nd: vs. Sacramento Sirens
May 9th: Bye
May 16th: at Sacramento Sirens
May 23rd: vs. Tuscon Monsoon
May 30th: at Phoenix Phantomz
June 6th: Bye
June 13th: vs. Nevada Storm

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