After claiming victory at their home opener two weekends ago, the St. Louis SLAM are preparing for their toughest challenge this season, a Saturday local showdown against the defending national champions of the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) Pro Division.
The SLAM (2-1) hosts the Boston Renegades (4-0) at St. Mary’s High School (4701 S. Grand Blvd.) Tickets for the 7 pm kickoff are $15 while children 10 and under get in free.
St. Louis toppled Derby City Dynamite 38-6 at St. Mary’s April 30 that helped them keep traction within the WFA Pro American Division.
“For the love of football and for the love of the SLAM, it was amazing,” said receiver Keyonna Smith after the game, who recorded a pair of touchdown hauls.
SLAM quarterback Jaime Gaal threw five touchdown passes in the victory. Receivers Danielle Price, Veronica Smith and Jamie Skinner also fielded scores from the air and running back Taylor Hay churned out yardage to keep the Dynamite defense in-check.
The steady work of the SLAM offensive line, paced by Caitlin Erickson, Cherie Miller, Ariana Smith and a host of others, set the tone.
Most impressive on the night was the SLAM defense that surrendered zero points while they were on the field.
Leading the surge were rookies Myah LaFlore and Jasmine Yandell alongside veterans Mary Altepeter, Brandi Troupe, Tay Johnson, Jennifer Perkins and Kelsie Nesbit.
All SLAM cylinders will have to fully function as Boston is primed to make a statement. The Renegades thumped Pittsburgh Passion 46-8 last weekend to keep their record spotless. The squad has already recorded a pair of shutouts this season and is averaging close to 50 points scored through four games.
“We’ll give it everything we’ve got and be ready to go,” said Keyonna Smith of Saturday’s SLAM tussle.
For more information on the SLAM, go to their official website.
By trade, he is a six-time, regional Emmy Award-winning news videographer/editor for KTVI/KPLR-TV. By hobby, he is an announcer and digital content producer for St. Louis-based Arch Rival Roller Derby. Also a webcast announcer for post-season roller derby tournaments on wftda.tv. Yep, this Illinoisan primarily writes about derby, covering Arch Rival, the St. Chux Derby Chix and the STL GateKeepers men's league. He also writes about St. Louis SLAM Women's Football, St. Louis Lions women's soccer and other sports topics.