[My first season in 2013, I produced several “around the WFA” segments where I took a look at games taking place around the league each week. These “around the WFA” wraparounds from 2013 are archived below; the 2014 segments can be found here.]

Week 3
Around the WFA – The Pittsburgh Passion, who lost to the Divas, 42-31, in their season opener, rebounded Saturday with a 42-0 victory over the Toledo Reign…The Chicago Force and Boston Militia, who played for the National Conference title in 2012, got off to strong starts in their season openers. Chicago defeated the Detroit Dark Angels, 62-0, while Boston throttled the New York Sharks, 70-0…Congratulations to the Miami Fury, who upset the Jacksonville Dixie Blues, 22-10. Jacksonville, a regional powerhouse, had an 8-0 record in the regular season in 2012, while Miami went 0-8; the Fury are now 2-0 in 2013.

Week 4
Around the WFA – The Pittsburgh Passion, who lost to the Divas, 42-31, in their season opener, rebounded Saturday with a 42-0 victory over the Toledo Reign…The Chicago Force and Boston Militia, who played for the National Conference title in 2012, got off to strong starts in their season openers. Chicago defeated the Detroit Dark Angels, 62-0, while Boston throttled the New York Sharks, 70-0…Congratulations to the Miami Fury, who upset the Jacksonville Dixie Blues, 22-10. Jacksonville, a regional powerhouse, had an 8-0 record in the regular season in 2012, while Miami went 0-8; the Fury are now 2-0 in 2013.

Week 5
Around the WFA – Last week, the Pittsburgh Passion easily dispatched the Columbus Comets, 49-0, in a key divisional matchup…The New York Sharks claimed their second win of the season by defeating the WSFL’s Baltimore Burn, 18-0…The Atlanta Phoenix, Tampa Bay Inferno, Dallas Diamonds, and Seattle Majestics have all reached the halfway point of their seasons undefeated. Six other teams have a perfect 3-0 record…The Sacramento Sirens are making quite an impact in their first year in the WFA. They outlasted the San Diego Surge Saturday, 40-18, handing the reigning WFA champions their first loss in twenty regular season contests.

Week 6
Around the WFA – Two of New York’s three losses this season have come at the hands of the Boston Militia, who downed the Sharks last week, 47-0…The Sacramento Sirens kept the WFA’s perfect record in interleague games intact, throttling the IWFL’s Nevada Storm, 61-8…The Utah Jynx’ offense is one of the league’s most explosive. The Jynx demolished the Arizona Assassins Saturday, 80-6; it’s the most points scored in a single WFA game this season, topping the 73-6 victory the Jynx recorded over the Tacoma Trauma three weeks earlier…The Columbus Comets improved their record to 3-2 with a 56-7 victory over the Toledo Reign. The Divas’ division, which also has Columbus and the Pittsburgh Passion, is the only one of the WFA’s 13 divisions where every team currently has a winning record.

Week 7
Around the WFA – The Boston Militia improved to 5-0 on Saturday after a hard-fought victory over the Pittsburgh Passion, 42-28…The Miami Fury topped the Jacksonville Dixie Blues, 14-5, becoming the first team since 2005 to defeat the Dixie Blues twice in the same season. The 5-0 Fury face their division rivals, the 5-0 Tampa Bay Inferno, this weekend; Miami and Tampa Bay are the only two division foes who are both still undefeated…The Central Cal War Angels (based in Fresno, California) ran their season record to 5-0 with a 49-22 victory over the IWFL’s Nevada Storm. The War Angels’ second-leading receiver, Lisa King, and her husband Jeff own and operate the WFA.

Week 9
Around the WFA – In the Boston game recap, it was noted that the Divas’ 54 points in their 81-54 loss to the Militia were the most ever scored by a WFA team in defeat. That record was short-lived, as just a few hours later, the Derby City Dynamite reported a 58-56 victory over the Cincinnati Sizzle…The New York Sharks held off the Central Maryland Seahawks, 28-20, denying the Seahawks their first non-forfeit victory…The Kansas City Titans easily dispatched the Nebraska Stampede, 51-6. That sets up a terrific showdown this week between the 5-0 Titans and the 6-0 Chicago Force in the Windy City…The Titans-Force game is the final scheduled matchup between any of the league’s nine remaining unbeaten teams.

Week 10
Around the WFA – The Boston Militia improved to 7-0 by defeating the Central Maryland Seahawks, 56-0. The Militia end their regular season Saturday on the road against the reigning IWFL champion Montreal Blitz in a rescheduled game…The New York Sharks triumphed over the WSFL’s Baltimore Burn, 32-0, while the Central Cal War Angels and Sacramento Sirens claimed victories in interleague forfeits…The Chicago Force easily dispatched the Kansas City Titans, 51-7, in a matchup of previously undefeated teams…The Cleveland Fusion defeated the Cincinnati Sizzle, 55-6, to raise their record to 7-0. The Fusion, now in their 12th season of play, have a chance to clinch their first perfect 8-0 regular season in franchise history Saturday with a win over the Central Maryland Seahawks.

Week 11
Around the WFA – The D.C. Divas are one of five teams that earned a bye in the WFA playoffs this weekend. The D.C. Divas, Boston Militia, Chicago Force, Dallas Diamonds, and Kansas City Titans will be joined in the conference quarterfinals by the winners of this weekend’s eleven first-round games.

In local first-round action Saturday, the Columbus Comets (5-4) travel to Brooklyn to face the New York Sharks (4-4). The winner of that game will meet the Divas in Landover on June 22 for a conference quarterfinal matchup.

Elsewhere in the bracket, the Pittsburgh Passion (6-2) will host the 4-4 Cincinnati Sizzle at Highmark Stadium. The winner of that game advances to play a conference quarterfinal game next week in Boston against the Militia.

Highs and Lows

Congratulations to the Boston Militia, Cleveland Fusion, Chicago Force, Atlanta Phoenix, Miami Fury, Dallas Diamonds, Seattle Majestics, and Central Cal War Angels on completing perfect 8-0 regular seasons.

For the Militia, this is their second straight 8-0 record in the regular season, while the Chicago Force and Dallas Diamonds had perfect regular season records for the third consecutive year. Neither the Force nor the Diamonds have lost a regular season game since joining the WFA in 2011; both teams are 24-0 all-time in the WFA regular season.

The Cleveland Fusion finished 8-0 for the first time in franchise history, a franchise that dates back to 2002. The Fusion host the West Michigan Mayhem in a first-round playoff game this weekend; the Mayhem, who made the playoffs seven consecutive seasons from 2004-2010, will be making their first postseason appearance in three years.

The Seattle Majestics, who joined the WFA in 2013 after ten years in the IWFL, had a terrific inaugural season in their new league. The Majestics compiled a perfect regular season for the first time since putting together back-to-back-to-back 8-0 records from 2007-2009. Seattle has a difficult draw in the first round, facing the high-powered offense of the Utah Jynx Saturday in what should be one of the more entertaining first-round games.

Finally, the Miami Fury completed one of the most remarkable turnarounds in WFA history. The Fury finished 2012 with an 0-8 record, but this season, they flipped that mark completely around, going from winless to undefeated in one year. Now in their 11th season, the Miami Fury will attempt to win their first playoff game in franchise history Saturday when they host the Savannah Sabers.

On that note, let’s recognize a few teams on the other side of the ledger. The Orlando Anarchy, Nebraska Stampede, and Arizona Assassins all succumbed to an 0-8 record, while the Utah Blitz and Central Maryland Seahawks finished the year without a non-forfeit victory. Compared to the WFA’s eight undefeated teams, relatively few squads struggled to record a single victory. Here’s hoping these teams take comfort in the example of the Miami Fury and see improved results next season.

Interleague Results

The Boston Militia capped off a perfect 8-0 season last Saturday with a convincing 50-0 victory over the reigning IWFL champion Montreal Blitz. With the regular season concluded, the WFA finished the 2013 season with a flawless 11-0 record in interleague games, including a 7-0 mark against the IWFL and a 4-0 record against the WSFL. The WFA’s seven victories over the IWFL all came by at least 25 points and had an average final score of 52-12.

Week 12
Around the WFA – The Pittsburgh Passion easily dispatched the Cincinnati Sizzle, 63-0. The Passion move on to play the Boston Militia in Boston Saturday. The Divas’ division of D.C., Pittsburgh, and Columbus is the only one in the entire league to have three teams make it to the conference quarterfinal round.

On the other side of the Eastern (National) Conference bracket, four undefeated teams remain. The Cleveland Fusion travel to Chicago to face the Force, and the Miami Fury hit the road to play the Atlanta Phoenix. The Fury picked up their first playoff win in franchise history by forfeit Saturday over the Savannah Sabers, but they’ll try to notch their first playoff win on the field in Atlanta.

In the Western (American) Conference, two games feature division rivals squaring off for state bragging rights. The St. Louis Slam visit the Kansas City Titans in one matchup, while in Texas, the Austin Outlaws will take on the Dallas Diamonds. The other side of the Western Conference bracket contains three California teams and the Utah Jynx, who authored the most surprising upset of the first round of the playoffs. The Jynx went into Seattle and toppled the previously undefeated Majestics, 36-26. Utah now advances to take on the Fresno-based Central Cal War Angels. Meanwhile, the defending WFA champion San Diego Surge will host the Sacramento Sirens in the other conference quarterfinal matchup.

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