Division 2 Midwest Regional

Minnesota Vixen vs. St. Louis Slam

-Michael Burmeister

In the 2019 Women’s Football Alliance Division 2 Midwest Region Championship, we see a battle between the only two D2 American Conference Champions D2 has ever known, as the Midwest’s #2 seed, the defending D2 AC champs Minnesota Vixen (7-1, 2-1 D2) once again make that 538-mile trip down US-63 ready to get redemption for their May 25 loss to the #1 seed, three-time National Champions St. Louis Slam (8-0, 1-0 D2).

All-time series: Slam lead 2-0

Points: Slam 66, Vixen 35

Meeting of the year: Second

Last meeting: The Slam beat the Vixen 31-14 on May 25 in St. Louis, handing the Vixen their only loss of the regular season.

Thoughts on the Vixen: In their 21st season (and Ryan McCauley’s first at the helm), the Vixen are continuing to hit their stride as they’ve been doing throughout their recent history, dominating their Upper Midwest and D2 peers (including a season sweep over the D1 Kansas City Titans) and securing All-American honors for ten players (including five on the First Team). Of course, they continue to pursue that elusive first National Championship, and are geared up as ever to get on that journey, especially after how OH-SO-CLOSE they came last year. If they can pick up the road upset over their STL rivals (handing them their first-ever D2 playoff loss), the Vixen will be PLENTY of people’s odds-on favorites to win it all in Colorado this July.

Thoughts on the Slam: At this point, what more can I say about the Slam? They are EVERYTHING a women’s football team should be; united with each other under Rodney Lacy’s leadership, the Slam are D2’s only remaining unbeaten, accomplishing their first perfect regular season since 2010 and outscoring their opponents 274-41. But the Slam know that this is just the beginning, and that every game from this point on is “win or go home,” so they are SINGLEHANDEDLY focused on reclaiming that D2 crown for which they were never defeated…first they look to put an exclamation point on the statement they made three weeks ago against these very same Vixen on that very same home field.

The questions are: Will the Vixen’s #SquadUp get them the payback upset win and ensure that the road to Colorado’s gonna go through the Twin Cities? Or will the Slam continue their dominance and move to within two victories of accomplishing their #QuestforFour at the Colorado Mines stadium?