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July 23, 2010 > Bandits go for North American Championship

Bandits go for North American Championship

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.
Photos By William Mancebo

In its first year of existence, the Bay Area Bandits have advanced all the way to the Independent Women's Football League Tier II North American Championship.

After trouncing the Wisconsin Warriors in the IWFL Tier II Conference Championship on July 10, they became the pseudo-United States champs, taking on the Montreal Blitz for all the marbles on Saturday, July 24, in Round Rock, Texas.

The Fremont-based Bandits ended the regular season with a 5-3 record, but lost their final two regular season games - both to the So Cal Scorpions - before annihilating the competition in the postseason.

Bay Area opened its playoff run with a 46-0 whitewashing of Pacific West Division foe Modesto Maniax in the IWFL Tier II Divisional Playoff at Tak Fudenna Memorial Stadium. They proceeded to host, and embarrass, the Warriors, 35-2, in the Conference Championship at Contra Costa College.

In the North American Championship, it may prove to be the Bandits' toughest test yet. Montreal, in its regular season, went 8-0, including six shutouts. The most points the Blitz have allowed in a game has been 14 points, while giving up an average of 2.5 points per game.

But the Blitz have had some bit of struggles - if you can call it that - allowing 14 points in each game en route to the North American Championship. Montreal had no problem trouncing the New England Intensity, 53-14, in the opening round on June 12, but had its closest bout in the July 10 Conference Championship, holding off a pesky Carolina Phoenix club, 19-14.

Something will have to give on Saturday. Either the Blitz will regain the glory of winning the North American Championship (which it did in 2008) while finishing off an unbeaten season, or the Bandits will win the championship in its first year. Kickoff is set for 10 a.m. PT.

For results of the IWFL Tier II North American Championship, log onto the Tri-City Voice Sports website at sports.tricityvoice.com.

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