WFA 2022 Preview – Pittsburgh Passion Collide With Columbus Chaos

By Larry Snyder

Columbus, Ohio – The Pittsburgh Passion (2-1-0) travels to the heart of the Buckeye State Saturday, May 14, to engage the Columbus Chaos (0-3-0). This competition begins at 7:00 p.m. at Whitehall Yearling High School.

The Black and Gold suffered their first defeat Saturday, May 7, when they went down to the Boston Renegades 46-8 at Harry Della Russo Stadium. The victory was the Red, Black, and White’s 50th win since joining the Women’s Football Alliance in 2015.

Fourth-year running back Arielle Smith generated the Passion’s lone score on a two-yard run at the end of the third quarter. The two-point conversion from quarterback Alyssa George was good, and it was the first points against the Women of New England since the DC Divas in the season opener.

Rookie running back Maria Fautali joined Marcelina Chavez, George, and Smith for a combined 135 rushing yards. Co-head coach Teresa Conn’s squad assembled 17 first downs against Boston, which is the most by any Renegades opponent in the first half of the 2022 campaign.

Linebacker Hannah Daman and defensive back Rebecca Ehrgood were the leading tacklers for the Women of Steel. At the same time, first-years Niaja Brokaw and Lawanda Pearson each supplied one pass deflection against Boston quarterback Allison Cahill.

This team did not let the box score numbers influence their efforts and gave their best until the end of the fourth quarter. The trek to the WFA playoffs picks up again in Columbus.

From The Pittsburgh Passion Football YouTube Channel – Revisiting Yesterday: 2018 Pittsburgh Passion Playoff Pump Up Video…


For their inaugural season in the WFA, two former members of the Columbus Comets are vital to the Chaos offense. Starting quarterback Amanda Herbst was a National Conference All-American in 2017 and 2019 while leading wide receiver DeAsha Talley was a 2016 and 2018 National Conference All-American.

Columbus head coach Keith Thomas has former Ohio Dominican University track star Pasha Johnson-Rivers providing the power to the running attack. Ovian Whitlow-Moore also contributes to the ground game.

Standing up to stop the opposition on defense are linebacker Makyah Smith, free safety DiaSha Pearson, and defensive back Dionna Jackson-Ross. Former Youngstown State University soccer goalie Kate McEachern handles the punting chores and sees time at the tight-end position.


Weather: Mid-Ohio forecasters show a daytime high of 83 degrees, with the low at night dipping to 62. Scattered thunderstorms could occur with a 50 percent chance of rain. The winds come in from the west to southwest at six mph.

Broadcast: Fans can see every first down on the Columbus Chaos Game Day link.

Updates: Twitter At @pghpassionFB – Facebook At PittsburghPassion – Plus the Score Stream App

NEXT UP: Get the tailgate ready as the Black and Gold line up at Joe P. DeMichela Stadium Saturday, May 21, for a rematch against the Detroit Venom (2-2-0). This contest gets underway at 6:00 p.m. You can select your tickets for Passion home games online.

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