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Jessica Cabrera teaches self-defense to corrections officers at the Suffolk County Jail. So when the 39-year-old Weymouth resident takes the field for the Boston Militia, an unbeaten franchise in the Women’s Football Alliance, the transition to defensive end is second nature.
A star forward on the basketball court — and self-described “rebounding freak’’ — at John Jay High in Brooklyn and later Emmanuel College in Boston, Cabrera has played women’s full-contact football for 13 seasons.
The Militia won the WFA championship in 2011. They will continue their quest for another league title July 13 at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, taking on the DC Divas in a third-round playoff game.