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Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. The Divas’ defense will be key in the playoff matchup Saturday in Boston.

Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. The Divas’ defense will be key in the playoff matchup Saturday in Boston.

Published on: Wednesday, July 10, 2013

By Daniel Kucin Jr.

The D.C. Divas face the undefeated Boston Militia in the Women’s Football Alliance post-season playoffs Saturday in Boston.

Saturday’s game marks the ninth time in WFA history that these heated rivals will play against each other in the playoffs.

Boston’s No. 1-ranked offense is led by Whitney Zelee. The 5-foot-7 running back currently leads the league in rushing with 2,326 yards on 140 attempts. She has scored 37 touchdowns.

The Divas’ defense is ranked sixth in the league. And, if there is any player that can disrupt Boston’s offense, it will be Callie Brownson. The 5-foot-6, 130-pound defensive back has racked up five interceptions and 28 tackles. Trigger McNair also is a strong presence on the Divas’ defensive line with 54 tackles and two sacks this season.

The Divas offense is led by quarterback Allyson Hamlin, who threw for 291 yards and four touchdowns against the Columbus Comets in the first round of the post-season.

Bowie native Ashley Whisonant leads the Divas in receiving with 690 yards and 13 touchdowns. Whisonant is one of the Divas’ fastest players and could pose a threat to Boston.

For D.C. to upset Boston, the Divas will need to play flawless football with unparalleled discipline to advance in the playoffs. The Divas have the weapons to get it done, but the players need to dig deep against a team that defeated them by 27 points in their last meeting.

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