Spokane's First Women's Tackle Football Team Celebrate Victory

Published On: Sep 09 2011 04:53:26 PM PDT   Updated On: May 26 2011 10:23:17 AM PDT
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane is now home to a professionally organized tackle football team exclusively for women.

The Spokane Scorn is the city's first full female, full contact, football team.

"We hear all the time 'that's a male sport, you can't do that'," said Spokane Scorn Player Leann Cunningham. "But, we're out there all the time, every week, doing it every week.:

Twice a week the girls practice at head coach Jim Puryear's Otis Orchards Home. On weekends they hit the road. The closest women's tackle football teams are in Oregon and Utah.

Puryear is an assistant coach for Whitworth football. He also coached at Valley Christian for four years. He said it was his wife and daughter who convinced him to transform their backyard into a football field, and teach women to play the game.

"For them it's they've always been told, 'Football isn't for girls, you shouldn't do it' that kind of stuff," Puryear said.

The Scorn are now celebrating their first win.

The team's final home game is Saturday, June 11th at Hart Field on the South Hill. Kickoff is at 5 p.m.