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Karma hosting playoff

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By Mickey Patterson

CRESTWOOD – After finishing their best regular season ever, the Kentucky Karma are coming back to their roots for a playoff game.

The Karma, a Louisville-based women’s football team in the National Women’s Football Association, will host the Pensacola Power at 7 p.m. Saturday at the South Oldham High School Stadium.

“It’s an honor for us,” Karma owner and coach Tom Hawkins, a Crestwood resident, said. “We won our division which was a big deal for us.”

The Karma, who played their first season at North Oldham High School three years ago, posted a franchise best 6-2 record this year and won the Eastern Division of the Southern Conference.

“With injuries and jobs and some of the other issues we have faced this year it has created some personnel issues for us,” Hawkins said. “It’s a problem everyone faces. All in all, I am very proud of what this team has done.”

The Karma have two players with local ties who have played key roles in La Grange resident Michelle Durham and former La Grange resident Jackie Wile.

Durham, who played on the first Karma team, leads the team in receiving with eight catches for 82 yards and a touchdown. As a defensive back, she has 34 total tackles with four interceptions. Wile has 36 tackles and three interceptions, two of which she returned for a touchdown.

Pensacola is also 6-2 and features the league’s top back in LaKeisha Johnson who has rushed for 2,725 yards on 22 carries with 28 touchdowns.

“She’s a man among women,” Hawkins said. “I have been anxious to see her play, just to see her play someone else.”

In addition to Johnson, Hawkins said the Power are a big experienced team.

“We’re still a pretty young team,” Hawkins said. “This is really a big challenge for us against an exceptionally good ballclub that is big and experienced.”

Tickets are $10 for adults.

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