LANDOVER – On July 14, the D.C. Divas will play in their third Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) National Conference Championship game in four years.
On Saturday, they have a shot at getting revenge against the team that beat them in the playoffs last season. The Boston Renegades took down the Divas 27-24 in the National Conference Semifinal game just a year ago.
Over the past three seasons, either the Divas or Renegades have made it to the WFA National Championship game, and after this weekend, one of them will be returning to play for another championship.
These two powerhouses have had an intense rivalry since the Renegades became a franchise in 2015. The Divas were dominant at first, winning the first three matchups. However, the Renegades swept the Divas last season with three wins over them. This season, they have split the games with one win for each squad.
It will be the third consecutive playoff matchup between the two, with each side getting a victory over the other further amplifying the dislike for each other.
The Divas have won six straight games while the Renegades’ last three wins have all been shutouts. Both teams ended the regular season with a 6-2 record and won their National Conference Semifinal games with ease. The Divas enjoyed a 56-0 blowout win over the Atlanta Phoenix and look to build off of that momentum.
“I think one of the things that we do really well is that we stick together,” Divas quarterback Amanda Congialdi said about her team. “We shut out any drama or any issues, and we hold our composure. Our experience of playing together is also what drives us.”
First-Team All-Americans have led the Divas in Congialdi, running back D’Ajah Scott and wide receiver Kentrina “Megatron” Wilson.
Congialdi boasted an 83.3 passer rating and one of her favorite targets was Wilson who had 41 receptions for 544 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.
Rounding out the All-American offensive trio and the catalyst of their last playoff game is Scott, who rushed for seven touchdowns during the regular season and rushed for 240 yards in the opening playoff round against Atlanta.
“We need to strengthen our pass game, including pass blocking, a little more and we will take the cake from there,” Scott said.
These three have led the Divas to an offense that averages 334 total offensive yards per game and 38.6 points per game.
On the defensive end, the Divas will have their hands full with the tandem of Renegades First-Team All-Americans in quarterback Allison Cahill and wide receiver Emily Beinecke. Cahill finished the regular season with 1,308 passing yards and 16 total touchdowns.
Beinecke had 30 receptions for 469 receiving yards and five touchdowns.
Although the Renegades have won four of the past five matchups, the Divas have the momentum and home-field advantage. Despite a dominant victory over the Phoenix, every player knows that there is still work to be done if they want to make it to Atlanta, Georgia. for the WFA National Championship game.