Friday, August 6, 2021

IX Cup Preview: San Diego vs. Texas Elite

Basic Information

🏈 #2 San Diego Rebellion (8-0) vs. #1 Texas Elite Spartans (8-0)
📍 Apogee Stadium (Denton, Texas)
📅 Saturday, August 7th 🕠 5:30 p.m. PT

The San Diego Rebellion and Texas Elite Spartans meet in the 2021 WNFC IX Cup Championship game Saturday, August 7 at Apogee Stadium in Denton, Texas, home of the University of North Texas football team. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. (PT) and will be livestreamed on various platforms. This will be the first-ever meeting between these teams.

In only their third season of play, the Rebellion will compete in its first-ever league championship game. San Diego is coming off a 22-18 win over the No. 1 seeded Utah Falconz in the Pacific Conference Championship on July 17th. San Diego became only the third team to ever defeat the Falconz, who will miss out on a championship appearance for the first time in its history.

Texas Elite is fresh off a 27-10 victory over the No. 2 seed Alabama Fire in the Atlantic Conference Championship, a game that was played on a neutral site in Atlanta, GA. The defending WNFC champions are looking for their second straight Title IX cup, and third title overall. Since the team debuted during the 2018 season, the Spartans boast a perfect 23-0 all-time record.

Tale of the Tape

#2 San Diego Rebellion (8-0)

Head Coach: Brandon Archie (1st Season, 8-0)
First Year of Football: 2018 (3rd Season, 17-7)
Conference Championship Result: Def. Utah 22-18
Latest WNFC Ranking: #3
Points Scored: 257 (32.1) 4th
Points Allowed: 52 (6.5) 2nd

Breakdown: Coming off eliminating the defending conference champion Utah Falconz in Utah, these road warriors are now tasked with trying to dethrone the Texas Elite Spartans in Texas. Underdogs for the second straight game, the Rebellion have already proven capable of defying the odds and silencing any doubters. While the San Diego offense has led the way with their one-two punch rushing attack that features scrambling quarterback Knengi Martin, an MVP-nominated year for Adrianna Gutierrez, and a productive veteran group on the offensive line, the receivers have been unsung heroes during this phonomenal run. Players such as leading receiver Katie Ott, rookie standout Sammi Heck, and Ashlee Austin-Bean have all made some clutch plays to keep drives alive or put much-needed points on the board. Not to mention clutch contributions from tight ends Chelsea Parrish and Stephanie Taylor. On the defensive end, Taylor is assisted by perennial all-star Angela "Havik" Mims and Briiana "Simba" Gorrell, who is also a solid running back on the offensive side of the ball. The Rebellion linebacking corp features the playmaking ability of rookie Cachrelle Nguyen, Stephanie Lopez, and Mercedes Tyler, who leads the team in combined tackles. In the secondary, Ott, Austin-Bean, and Taranisha Taylor totaled eight interceptions during the regular season and will be tasked with trying to slow down the top passing attack in the WNFC.

Impact Rebellion

DB Ashlee Austin-Bean
Led the WNFC in pass deflections (8).
Led team in interceptions (4).

OL Eboni Chambers
Helped San Diego total 1,811 yards & 31 TDs in 2021.

RB Adriana Gutierrez
Nominated for WNFC Most Valuable Player.
Rushed for 586 yards & 7 TDs in 2021.

QB Knengi Martin
Nominated for WNFC Offensive Player of the Year.
Responsible for 21 Touchdowns.

DL Angela Mims
Led San Diego in sacks (3) in 2021.

LB Mercedes Tyler
Led San Diego in Total Tackles (43) in 2021.

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Twitter: @SDRebellion

#1 Texas Elite Spartans (8-0)

Head Coach: Odessa Jenkins (3rd Season, 23-0)
First Year of Football: 2018 (3rd Season, 23-0)
Conference Championship Result: Def. Alabama 27-10
Latest WNFC Ranking: #1
Points Scored: 379 (47.4) 1st
Points Allowed: 10 (1.2) 1st

Breakdown: Heading into their second straight WNFC title game, you can argue that the defending WNFC champions have been the top women's football team in the country for all three seasons of their existence. The addition of linebacker Deana Guidry and running back Destanie Yarbrough to an already stacked roster made this team even more dangerous as they swept through their 2021 campaign with seven straight shutouts. The league-low 10 points allowed came during their conference championship win over Alabama. Olivia Griswold, a Defensive Player of the Year nominee who had proven throughout her career to be one of the top pass rushers in women's football, led the league in sacks and finished among the top 10 in combined tackles. Leading the top scoring offense in the league, quarterback Brittany Bushman put together an MVP caliber season thanks to protection from a dominant offensive line and big plays from a receiving group led by Offensive Player of the Year nominee Liz Landry, who led the WNFC in touchdown catches.

Impact Spartans

QB Brittany Bushman
Nominated for WNFC Most Valuable Player.
Led WNFC in Passing Yards & TDs.

DL Olivia Griswold
Nominated for WNFC Defensive Player of the Year.
Led the WNFC in sacks (9).

LB Deana Guidry
33 Tackles (7 for loss), 6 sacks, & 1 INT Return TD in 2021.

WR Liz Landry
Nominated for WNFC Offensive Player of the Year.
Led WNFC Receiving TDs.

OL Rachel May
Helped lead top scoring & passing offense in WNFC.

RB Destanie Yarbrough
Rushed for 550 Yards & 7 TDs in 2021.

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All stats based on regular season data listed at Hosted Sports.

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