D.C. Divas run roughshod over Venom, 60-0

By Travis Brown
STAR STAFF
tbrown@starhq.com

   The Tennessee Venom went into Saturday night's matchup with the Washington D.C. Divas with hopes of garnering their first win of the season. However, it simply was not meant to be as they were easily defeated 60-0 at Happy Valley High School.
   Injuries and lack of personnel have plagued the Venom, especially later in the season, and Saturday night they were totally outclassed as the Divas poured on the speed and showed little remorse in route to the landslide.
   The first half was almost an even contest on the score board as the Divas took a 21-0 lead before going into the locker room on a 34-yard touchdown run by Tara Ray Kallal.
   Prior to the reverse touchdown by Kallal, the Venom showcased some grit as the Venom sacked quarterback Deb Troell inside the red zone to halt the Diva Drive. Then on fourth down Bridget Graves picked off Troell's desperation toss to give the Venom a window of opportunity.
   It would only take two plays for the Divas to regain possession, though, as Tessa Nelson picked off her first of two Venom passes to kill the rally. The interception, combined with the Kallal touchdown before half, came as a large setback for the Venom.
   Demoralized from the first half effort, the Venom stood helpless as the floodgates opened in the second half.
   The Divas hit paydirt five times in the third stanza, scoring on 33-yard fake reverse pass, and a 78-yard punt return by Nikki Williams. The Venom had little sting on the offensive side of the ball as they managed only four first downs in the game with no two of them occurring in the same drive.
   Despite being beaten on the scoreboard as well as the field, the Venom showed no signs of stopping as the weary squad fought hard until the final horn.
   Defensively the Venom did show some strong play at times, keeping Diva halfback Monica Livingston to only 54 yards rushing during the game, as most of the damage came on trick plays and debauchery.
   Two touchdowns came on long reverses by Kallal, while still two more touchdowns were scored on long passes after faking the reverse. Divas backup quarterback Amy Hamlin showcased a solid arm as she went 4-4 in passing for 107 yards and three touchdown tosses.
   As the season winds to a close the Venom have one last opportunity to get a "W." They square off against the Asheville Assault next Saturday in the final home game on Warrior Hill.