Division 2 Pacific Region

Houston Energy at Mile High Blaze

-Michael Burmeister

In the second 2019 Women’s Football Alliance Division 2 American Conference Semifinal, we will witness a showdown between two POWERS and two of my FAVORITE teams to cover on this page as the AC’s #4 seed, four-time National Champions Houston Energy (6-1, 1-0 D2) make the 1,025-mile trip up US-287 for what is sure to be an UNFORGETTABLE game against the three-time defending Pacific Region Champions the Mile High Blaze (7-1, 0-0 D2)!

This will be the first time that the Energy and the Blaze have ever played against each other.

Thoughts on the Energy: Having won the IWFL’s final National Championship last year (34-0 over the now WFA D3 Nevada Storm), the women’s football world knew that the Energy would be a godsend for whichever league they joined in 2019. Sure enough, they joined the WFA, where they became one of the STRONGEST teams in the league and quite possibly the best in all Texas; with Brian Wiggins still in command, the Energy proved every bit as mighty in the WFA as they had been in the IWFL, outscoring their opponents 276-46 and securing ten of their players with All-American honors (including three on the First Team). Of course, now they look to join Houston’s very own Booker T in the super elite class of 5-time, 5-Time, 5-TIME CHAMPIONS from H-Town…if they can be hand the Blaze their first-ever home playoff defeat, it would be some truly high-powered fuel on their quest to get back to Metro Denver in less than a month.

Thoughts on the Blaze: My love of the Blaze is VERY-well documented…they have been one of my STRONGEST supporters over the years, and it has been my joy to see them all throughout their rise to the top as three-time D2 Pacific Region Champions! With Rob Sandlin returning for his second season as head coach, his season has seen the Blaze continuing to do what they do best, staying dominant over their Mountain West opponents and giving a good challenge to a D1 rival in the Kansas City Titans (even pulling off a historic 9-6 win over them in Denver in April). As the host team for your 2019 National Championship festivities, the Blaze believe they’ve got the tools needed to finally win the big one in front of their home fans this year…if they can knock off such a legendary team as the Energy, EVERY head will be turning their way all throughout the road…well, back home in July!

The questions are: Will the Energy #ApplyPressure the strongest they’ve done this season, pulling off the road upset and getting within a win of coming right back to Colorado next month? Or will the Blaze begin settling their #2019UnfinishedBusiness with the biggest statement win of the season, sending a message that they’re not letting ANYTHING get between them and that long-awaited hometown championship moment?