Division 3 Pacific Region

Sin City Trojans vs Nevada Storm

-Michael Burmeister

In the 2019 Women’s Football Alliance Division 3 Pacific Region Championship, the “Silver State Showdown” is renewed again as the #2 seed, Las Vegas’ Sin City Trojans (6-2, 6-1 D3) make the 412-mile trip upstate on US-95 looking for payback against their in-state rivals, the #1 seed and top-rated team in all of D3, Reno’s Nevada Storm (7-1, 7-0 D3).

All-time series: Storm lead 1-0

Points: Storm 28, Trojans 12

Meeting of the year: Second

Last meeting: The Storm defeated the Trojans 28-12 on May 18 in Las Vegas to seize the #1 spot in the American Conference.

Thoughts on the Trojans: After missing out on the playoffs last season because of an early-season forfeit, the Trojans made it their SINGLE resolve to make up for lost time by not only getting back to the playoffs, but also making it all the way to the big one in Colorado this July. Suffice it to say, the Trojans have not lost a SINGLE step, as they’ve picked up a 6-2 record (and 6-1 against their D3 peers), with Devin Jones at the helm and a high-powered offense led by Lexi Dimeo, Dejur McDaughtery aka Toota ThaGreat, Kenosha Morgan and Sean Caldwell that is one of the most fun to watch in all of women’s football (they’ve outscored D3 opponents 254-42 this year), landing ten All-Americans (including three First Team players). Though many criticized the Trojans’ inclusion into the playoffs, citing the Southern Oregon Ladygades and the Rocky Mountain Thunderkatz as teams they feel deserved the spot more, the Trojans are looking to prove not only that they belong in the playoffs, but also that they’ve got what it takes to raise that trophy high in Colorado this July! A road win against their top-rated in-state rivals would be undeniable living proof and turn EVERY head their way!

Thoughts on the Storm: After making it to the final IWFL National Championship in 2018 (where they lost to the now-WFA D2 Houston Energy 34-0 in Texas), the Storm stood out among the numerous teams the WFA picked up in wake of the IWFL’s collapse and ready to be immediate contenders in the D3 National Championship hunt. As the season has unfolded, Christopher Garza’s team has EXCEEDED everyone’s already-high expectations, outscoring their opponents 348-24, going a PERFECT 7-0 in D3 play (with their only loss of the season being a SUPER-close 12-6 game against D1 powers the Cali War), landing ten All-Americans (including two on the First Team), and securing the #1 overall Massey Rating in the D3 regular season, not having to travel until the big game on the Colorado Mines campus this July. Yet even with this amazing regular season the Storm have had, they know that this is just the beginning…every game is “win or go home,” so the Storm will be keeping their feet on the gas until they raise that silver trophy in Colorado, and they’re especially excited to be beginning this run seeking the season sweep over their Vegas rivals!

The questions are: Will the Trojans’ #WarReady attitude get them the road upset and a spur of momentum for whichever Mississippi team awaits in the American Conference Championship on June 29? Or will the Storm’s#IPlayForHer mindset continue to lead to dominance and bring them within two games of bringing the National Championship to the Biggest Little City in the World?