Los Angeles, CA - Quake host the Utah Falconz for the first time and it was like no other game anyone could have ever expected. Falconz were stacked with 35+ players and coaches along their sideline. As the Quake sideline was slightly less but a mighty determined army of about a dozen active players, 2 coaches and a few inactive injured players holding down the home field turf. Quake did not show fear, nor hesitation of any concern, as they warmed up like any other game and brought their game face!
Falconz dominated the scoreboard and took the victory home back to Utah. But I can tell you, they did not take away the love of the game, the fight, the heart and soul of this mighty "Dirty Dozen" California Quake football team. Suddenly this game was not about winning or losing, or about the score, it was about being able to throw down and finish 60 minutes of hard hitting iron-woman football! Twelve players entered this gridiron battle with one player in rotation, no injuries, minimal breaks, and literally gave everything they had and left their hearts out on that field. Their fans stood by them and cotinued to cheer them on. Quake did not seek the mercy rule, to a running clock, they simply wanted to play the game; all 60 minutes of it. Nothing was more poetically beautiful than to see this team finish with such determination and such Quake pride. Their sweat, tears, blood and battle wounds does not go without recognition, as that bitter taste may not be the feeling of victory but battles such as these are what creates the foundation to a future championship organization.
At the end of the game, both teams gathered together praising one another. Falconz were graciously and proudly expressing their gratitude for seeing the Quake team finish the game with so much heart. As we see women's football continue to grow season after season, the roster can fluctuate in size from 15 to sometimes 35 without notice or any reason. Without these amazing female athletes, women's football, the Quake organization would not exist. A rebuilding season such as this year, where the players need to play iron-woman football, Quake finds the best players who wear their hearts on their jerseys! The Quake players held it down this season and played iron woman football like I've never seen before.
Football is not just about the game, it's about family, on and off the field. It's about trust, it's about heart and it's a life learning experience. By the end of it all they realized it's for the LOVE of the game!