Considering that the 2015 campaign marks the DC Divas 15th Anniversary season, it seems highly fitting that one of the signature franchise in American female football has earned the opportunity to compete in the WFA National Championship Game.
After an undefeated regular season filled with memorable milestones, including quarterback Allyson Hamlin’s 200th career touchdown pass, and a season sweep of the powerhouse Boston Renegades, the Divas marched towards a division crown while gaining home field advantage.
Capitalizing on it, the Divas trounced the Miami Fury by a 48-12 tally in the opening round. Afterwards, the Atlanta Phoenix were defeated 40-6, marking the first time in five years that the Divas qualified for the conference championship game.
The road to the WFA National Championship Game consisted of a very challenging opponent, making victory very hard earned.
Having won the 2013 WFA National Championship, the Chicago Force were looking to claim a second title in 2015. Taking into account that All-World quarterback Sami Grisafe had retired in the aftermath of the 2014 campaign, the Force wanted to prove that they were capable of succeeding despite the loss of a living legend.
Prevailing by a 43-24 tally, the Divas compete for a national championship for the first time since 2006. Outscoring their postseason opponents by a cumulative score of 171-42, the Divas have been nothing short of dominant. Competing against them shall be the Dallas Elite, who defeated the San Diego Surge (2012 WFA national champs) by a 56-28 final to capture the American Conference crown.
Back in 2006, the Divas assembled an undefeated season, and a third consecutive Conference championship game appearance, a 32-7 win against the Columbus Comets. Defeating the Oklahoma City Lightning for the NWFA national title, running back Rachelle Pecovsky received a write-up in Sports Illustrated.
For longtime Divas veterans such as Missy Bedwell, Donna Wilkinson and Trigger McNair, the chance to play for a national championship represents the first opportunity in almost a decade to compete for such a prestigious prize. It was only fitting that McNair was one of 10 Divas named to the WFA All-America team. Named to the Second Team, this was her 17th season with the Divas, culminating as the team leader in tackles.
With nine other Divas having the honor of WFA All-American bestowed upon them, there is a strong feeling of momentum heading into the championship game. The nine D.C. Divas recognized as 2015 WFA first-team All-Americans were Callie Brownson, DeVon Goldsmith, Kenyetta Grigsby, Allyson Hamlin, D’Ajah Scott, Tia Watkins, Ashley Whisonant, Kentrina Wilson and Becky Worsham.