D1 Conference Championship Preview

-Micheal Burmeister

American Conference: Cali War vs Arlington Impact

In the 2019 WFA D1 American Conference Championship, we get a good old-fashioned Texas vs. California matchup as the Midwest Region Champions Arlington Impact (8-1, 2-0 D1) prepare for the BIGGEST game of their history as they make the 1,432-mile trip to face the Pacific Region Champions, the ever-hungry Cali War (7-0, 2-0 D1).

This is the first time the Impact and the War have ever played each other.

Thoughts on the Impact: After their SPECTACULAR regular season (accented by key wins over their D1 Metroplex rivals the Dallas Elite as well as D2’s Houston Energy), the Impact were brimming with pure confidence as they headed to their Midwest Region Championship two weeks ago against the Kansas City Titans. The fourth time proved to be the charm as the Impact got the 34-21 victory, their first playoff win in team history. EVERY eye in the women’s football world is on them right now as they prepare for what they’re hoping to be their finest hour; if they can be the first team ever to defeat the highly-touted War, they’re going to be the team of destiny which SO many pundits will be rooting for in the National Championship Game in Colorado.

Thoughts on the War: Formed from the very best players from the Central Cal War Angels and Los Angeles Warriors as well as numerous other Golden State legends, the Cali War have been a team that has looked thoroughly DOMINANT all season, wrapping up the top seed in the American Conference and seen by many as the odds-on favorites to win and represent the AC in the big one in Golden. However, the War are NOT taking the Impact for granted even for a SECOND…if D3 powers the Nevada Storm could give War their toughest fight of the season, the Impact can make it MUCH tougher, ergo, the War will be on their A-game ALL game!

The questions are: Will the Impact pick up one of the bigger upsets in WFA playoff history and establish themselves as the “team of destiny” and the team EVERYBODY outside the Northeast will root for in the big game? Or will the War keep doing what they do best and get ready to go BEYOND the War Angels and Warriors’ heights as they look to capture SoCal’s first women’s football national title since Long Beach Aftershock won the 2002 AFWL crown?

National Conference: Boston Renegades v DC Divas

In the 2019 WFA D1 National Conference Championship, the greatest rivalry in women’s football is renewed once more as the three-time National Champions D.C. Divas (6-2, 0-2 D1) make the familiar 444-mile trip north on I-95 ready to knock off their archnemeses, the current, reigning and defending D1 National Champions Boston Renegades (8-0, 2-0 D1) who themselves look to set the stage for back-to-back titles in Colorado.

All-time series: Renegades lead, 7-6

Points: Divas 421, Renegades 383

Meeting of the year: Third

Last meeting: The Renegades picked up perhaps their most dominant victory in the all-time series, beating the Divas 62-32 on June 15 in Boston for both teams’ regular-season finale.

Thoughts on the Divas: This year has seen the Divas add to their storied legacy, winning the dominant ones as well as the close games…though they were already guaranteed a Conference Championship berth at the beginning of the season, the Divas are anything BUT complacent, continuing to show why they’re one of THE best in the world. Now is the game the Divas have had circled in RED all season…the Divas have learned from their previous two losses to the ‘Gades, and are now ready to win the one that counts, setting the stage for title #4 in Golden in two weeks.

Thoughts on the Renegades: What more can I say about the Boston Renegades that hasn’t been said time and again? In their title defense season, the Renegades have actually improved from last year, outscoring their opponents 490-104 en route to maintaining the #1 overall Massey Rating all season long. However, the ‘Gades know VERY well how difficult it is to beat the same team three times in a season, let alone the team with whom they share the greatest rivalry in the game. As such, the ‘Gades are treating this one as they do EVERY game in the season, never leaving their foot off the pedal-after all, this is their last stop before a hopeful third straight national title game.

The questions are: Will the Divas get redemption for getting swept in the regular season, setting the stage to pick up their fourth National Championship (and the District’s sixth overall)? Or will the Renegades keep doing what they’ve been doing all season, punching their ticket to Colorado Mines where they seek to win their second straight National Championship (and Boston’s fourth overall)?