Passion finishes perfect season with a 32-0 title game victory

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Pittsburgh Passion capped an undefeated season in style Saturday night, crushing the Columbus Comets in the National Women's Football Association championship game, 32-0.

The Passion (12-0) claimed its first title before an enthusiastic crowd of about 2,500 at Whites Creek High School.

The Passion's offense, led by the league's premier quarterback, Lisa Horton, clicked like a Swiss Watch.

"Our offense is very powerful and what they did tonight they've done all year," Passion coach Ron Coder said. "You know we saw [Columbus] and we knew that we could beat them. We had better athletes."

Horton picked apart the Comets' defense, completing eight of her first 10 passes and engineering touchdown drives on each of the Passion's first six possessions. She finished 13 of 21 for 167 yards with two touchdown passes and one touchdown run.

"We got into a rhythm somewhere late in the first quarter by establishing our running game," Horton said. "We're so multidimensional. I know we give a lot of coaches headaches because we've got so many weapons."

Columbus' only threat came late in the first quarter when the Comets, relying on the arm of quarterback Crystal Davis, drove to the Passion's 15. But the Passion's defense stiffened and, on fourth-and-3, Olivia Griswold chased down Shelly Gates for a 4-yard loss.

The loss snapped a six-game win streak for Columbus.

Annie O'Neill, Post-Gazette
Jennifer Moody, front, and the Passion celebrate their 32-0 victory against Columbus for the NWFA championship in Nashville. Go to post-gazette.com for a slideshow from the game.
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Video: A Passion to be champions (7/19/2007)

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Women's team faces Cleveland for conference title (7/3/2007)

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Mike Organ writes for The Tennessean in Nashville, Tenn.


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