Division I Midwest Regional

Arlington Impact vs KC Titans

-Michael Burmeister

In the 2019 Women’s Football Alliance Division 1 Midwest Region Championship, we have quite possibly the game which will decide how legit the Massey ratings truly are, as the #2 seed Arlington Impact (7-1, 1-0 D1) take the 550-mile trip up I-35 for a shodwown with the #1 seed, the epitome of “better than their record,” the defending Midwest Region Champions Kansas City Titans (2-6, 1-1 D1), with the winner booking tickets to SoCal on June 29.

All-time series: Titans lead 3-0

Points: Titans 151, Impact 28

Last meeting: The Titans beat the Impact 67-10 on June 30, 2018 in KC to win the Midwest Region Championship.

Meeting of the year: Only

Thoughts on the Impact: This year has been perhaps the VERY best season in Impact history, as they’ve once again proved themselves to be not only the best D1 team in Texas, but quite possibly the strongest yet, their toughest competition being D2’s Houston Energy (at whose hands the Impact suffered their only defeat of the regular season, and who the Impact gave their only loss of the regular season to as well). With Brandon Lacy still at the helm and fielding ten All-Americans (including Ken Gabriel on the First Team), the Impact now prepare for what they hope will be the crowning moment of their season-their first WFA playoff win. If they can knock off the Titans in Greater KC, the impact are gonna have ALL the momentum in the world for the conference title game in Cali on June 29.

Thoughts on the Titans: Although this season saw the Titans have the worst W-L record in team history, remember, they played their entire schedule against some absolutely TOP-NOTCH competition, keeping it close even in the six games they lost-yes, this is BY FAR the best 2-6 team I have ever seen. Because of their valiant performance in every game, Leonard Bulock’s team is fielding ten All-Americans (with five on the First Team), and has secured home-field advantage for this Midwest Region playoff game. Though many critics of the Massey Ratings question why a 2-6 team is even in the playoffs, let alone as the #1 seed, the Titans are ready to shock the world and to prove that they have EVERYTHING it takes to make a serious run to Colorado…they begin their journey seeking their fourth playoff victory over the Impact.

The questions are: Will the Impact FINALLY get the road upset over KC and prove that they’re serious about this being the year they capture that D1 natty? Or will the Titans prove why you can’t really tell elite status by W-L record alone in this league, setting themselves up for a one-of-a-kind rematch in the American Conference Championship in SoCal on June 29 against the Cali War?