Saturday, April 13, 2024

Women's Football: Rebellion Set For Playoff Rematch at Utah

🏈 San Diego Rebellion (1-0) at Utah Falconz (1-0)
📆 Saturday, April 13th 🕔 6:30 p.m. PT
✈️ Highland High School (Salt Lake City, Utah)
📺 Caffeine TV ($)

One of the premiere games in Week 2 of WNFC action will be a renewal of one of the most competitive developing rivalries in the league.

The San Diego Rebellion (1-0) will travel to face the Utah Falconz (1-0) in a rematch of last year's playoff clash. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Saturday, April 13th in Salt Lake City, streaming live on Caffeine TV.

Last year, Utah swept the regular season series by a combined score of seven points, but the Rebellion ended their season with a 48-20 triumph in the Pacific Conference semifinals. Overall, the Falconz leads the all-time series 3-2, while San Diego has a 2-1 advantage in the postseason.

In Week 1, the Falconz escaped Seattle with a 30-22 double overtime win over the Majestics. The hard-fought victory was sparked by a strong performance from dual-threat quarterback Sara Galica, who had two rushing touchdowns, and all-pro running back Gina Magana who added 109 rushing yards and a score.

In the Rebellion's 21-7 win over the Las Vegas Silver Stars last week, quarterback Danny Trainor threw for 164 yards and two touchdowns. One when to halfback Melina Malaxos showcased her speed on a 44-yard screen pass. This matchup features two of the league's top offenses, but the Falconz defense, led by linebacker Ally Cleveland's 12 tackles, will look to slow down San Diego's balanced attack. Utah's ground-and-pound style, featuring running back Laura Goetz adding to the one-two punch with Magana, could be the difference.

While the Rebellion front-seven led by veteran linebacker Knengi Martin has shown the ability to stop the triple-option run, the secondary that notched three interceptions last week, will need those same clutch plays on 3rd-and-long and 4th down situations, where the Falconz passing game is known to excel.

With both teams currently ranked at the top of the Pacific Conference standings, this contest will have serious playoff implications.

Series History

July 17, 2021 - San Diego 22, Utah 18 (Conference Championship)
June 9, 2022 - Utah 23, San Diego 15 (Conference Semifinal)
April 1, 2023 - Utah 14, San Diego 8
May 6, 2023 - Utah 22, San Diego 21
June 8, 2023 - San Diego 48, Utah 20 (Conference Semifinal)

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