A solid quarterback with great fundamentals, Meagan Larsen is part of the growing number of women now calling the Women’s Indoor Football League home. Having shared quarterback duties with Cristy Bell as a member of the Philadelphia franchise in another league, her contributions were essential.
With Philadelphia reaching their third consecutive league title game in 2013, Larsen was a key contributor. Employing a team-first approach, Larsen also pulled double duty on defense. Tough as nails, Larsen logged an astounding 26 total tackles, including 21 solo efforts (only Crystal Gisbon had more solo tackles on Philadelphia).
In a June 15 game versus the Jacksonville Breeze, there were serious playoff implications as opposing Jacksonville had a stake in the playoff race. Despite the high tension, Larsen rose to the occasion.
Contested at PPL Park, the hometown crowd was treated to a remarkable display. In the third quarter, she tied the game on a touchdown run, while following up with a direct snap that would result in a one-point conversion for a 14-13 lead.
After the squad extended their lead in the fourth, Larsen pounded in another conversion. With Jacksonville looking to regain the lead, it would prove to be Larsen’s finest hour. On fourth and goal, with the season on the line, superb Saige Steinmetz was knocked out of bounds by Larsen.
Other heroics were also part of her season. A 33-26 win over Cleveland on July 28 resulted in Larsen lining up at quarterback in the fourth quarter and scoring the game winning touchdown on a 14-yard rush.
Of note, her 26 total tackles ranked third among league competitors. Complemented by one interception and one forced fumble, she provided her team with an opportunity to succeed in every game.
When not lining up behind center, Larsen managed to contribute in other ways on offense. Of note, she logged 49 rushing yards along with two scores. Perhaps more impressive was her versatility as a receiver. Averaging 12.4 yards per catch, she would also find the end zone three times during the campaign.
By season’s end, she was Philadelphia’s second leading rusher and top ranked receiver, respectively. Her rushing prowess should prove her well in the WIFL as she may become one of the circuit’s scramblers. Although she made only six passing attempts during the 2013 season, she compiled one touchdown pass (a 35-yard TD pass to Lauren LaBella in the league title game) and a healthy 166.6 passer rating.
Prior to gracing the gridiron, Larsen had a strong showing as a softball player. Competing for the University at Albany Great Danes program in the America East Conference, she was named Conference Rookie of the Year, also garnering All-Rookie and First-Team All-Star honors. As a freshman, she played in all 40 games, leading the club with a .314 average, while racking up nine doubles and 23 RBI’s, respectively.
Her credentials as a football player will help build a foundation of strong talent in the WIFL. In addition to her time with Philadelphia, she was also a quarterback in the IWFL with the now-defunct Jersey Justice. In 2009, she helped the squad clinch a playoff berth with a 76-yard touchdown run and four TD passes in a win over the Erie Illusion. She led the squad to a 6-4 overall record, including a postseason berth.
Enriching her experience in the WIFL shall be the accompaniment of her sister Courtney. Having also played with her the past season in Philadelphia (where she accumulated 9 total tackles), the two are known affectionately as the “Touchdown Twins”. As the first pair of sisters to officially commit to the budding league, they have already made history. Although they have not decided which club they shall suit up for, they are destined to become fan favorites wherever they land.