Tampa Bay Inferno burning up postseason for second year

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – For the second year in a row, the Tampa Bay Inferno is heading off to the postseason undefeated and to the National Conference South Atlantic Division Champions.

The Inferno beat the Orlando Anarchy 52-3 at Hillsborough High School’s football field. The next week in their first playoff game, the Inferno knocked off the Miami Fury 27-6 at Strawberry Crest High School in Dover.

The team is made up of women like Shirley Pistole who plays center and works as a CPI supervisor with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Linebacker Stephanie Utroska is a high school physical education teacher and staff sergeant in the Air Force. Denasha Mondy is one of the team’s running backs when she is not serving the country in the United States Air Force.

“I have caught on to a lot of things like the plays and everything. Last year was very hard, so for a woman playing the sport, I give all the props to guys for going through it,” Mondy said.

“It’s real football and for years, women haven’t been able to play football and the Women’s Football Alliance gives us a platform to do that on a big level,” Pistole said.

“Us women, we do have aggression built up and we can get pretty nasty on the field when we want to. So, being a middle linebacker, I’m perfect, because I have a lot of aggression as you can probably see,” said Rosa Hammonds.

The games are mostly attended by the players, coaches and staff’s friends and family, which means there are not as many fans in the stands as they would like. All the players are asking is for football fans in the Tampa Bay area to come out and give them a chance.

“If you don’t want to give us a chance then that’s just a personal opinion, but if you come out here and see us play, you will definitely change your mind about it,” said running back Candi Thompson.

This weekend, the Inferno head to McLeansville, North Carolina, which is just outside of Greensboro, to take on the Carolina Phoenix in the second round of the playoffs.

Go online to find team and game information if you want to follow the undefeated team on their journey through the playoffs.



Get our hottest stories
delivered to your inbox
Sign up for News Channel 8’s Newsletter to get
updates on the day’s top stories

WFLA.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s