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Force breezes by Mayhem
by Ross Forman, Windy City Times
2012-05-16

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She sings and she slings.

Quarterback Sami Grisafe sang the national anthem May 12 before the Chicago Force home game against the West Michigan Mayhem, and then threw three touchdown passes—all to Jeanette Gray—as the Force crushed the Mayhem 54-0 at Lazier Field on the campus of Evanston Township High School.

The Force improves to 5-0, while the Mayhem drops to 3-2.

Gray's grabs were her first touchdowns of the season, highlighted by a 78-yard catch at 10:22 of the second quarter, which made the score 30-0. The Force led 38-0 at halftime.

Grisafe passed for 357 yards of offense, more than her total in the team's first four games. The Mayhem, meanwhile, only managed 74 yards of offense as Darcy Leslie, Kim Marks, Amber Burns, Brenda VanCuick, Elisha Okrey and Dorian Bridges anchored the Force defense.

Okrey and Bridges were named co-winners of the Spin Nightclub Game Day defensive MVP awards. Gray grabbed the offensive MVP award.

Melissa Smith rushed for 163 yards and four touchdowns, bringing her season totals to 852 yards rushing and 15 TDs.

The Force takes its show on the road this week, visiting the Cleveland Fusion. Chicago's next home game takes place Saturday, June 2.


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