Steph Jeffers
Steph Jeffers #66 blocks a D.C. Divas defender as rusher Niko Kokura #81 eyes a path up the field. ©Barry Millman

Barnstable Grads Gunning for National Title (Cape Cod Times)

July 21, 2017

Cape Cod Times

July 21, 2017

BARNSTABLE, Mass. — Barnstable High School graduates Marcia Beatty and Steph Jeffers will play on the biggest stage their sport has to offer Saturday night.

Both women play for the top-ranked and undefeated Boston Renegades, who are in the top division of the Women’s Football Alliance. Their combined efforts have led the Renegades into the national championship game, WBowl II, against the unbeaten Dallas Elite at 7 p.m. Saturday at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh.
The game will be webcast on ESPN3.

“Both of them have been instrumental in helping us get better,” Renegades head coach John Johnson said of Beatty and Jeffers. “The ladies have just embraced the process of being prepared and understanding what it was going to take to get back to the level this team used to play at years ago.”

Jeffers, who graduated from Barnstable High School in 2003, wasn’t high school teammates with 2004 graduate Beatty, but they’re equally excited to play in the title game.

“I’ve never won a state championship or national championship,” said Beatty, who has 14 tackles and an interception this season. “I’ve never had a team that has been this good so it would be an amazing experience.”

Jeffers, listed at 5-foot-11, 270 pounds, has already played quite a bit of football this past month. Not only has she helped the Renegades average 386.3 yards and 33.1 points per game as a guard on the offensive line, she played three games with Team USA, which captured the IFAF Women’s World Championship with a 41-16 victory over host Canada on June 30.

“It’s amazing to know that I was able to be there,” Jeffers said. “You learn to fall in love with the sport that’s just constantly evolving. This sport is getting better, it’s getting stronger, and I’m happy to be part of it.”

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