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Shenanigans (Blue) vs. Mean-Valued Old Men (Red): Wednesday, December 3rd

As the Water Polo Championships were nearing, both Shenanigans and Mean-Valued Old Men were looking to continue their journey of winning the championship.  The two were meeting for the semifinals, but based on the performance that each team delivered it could have been the championship.  The match started out with both teams at each end awaiting the ref’s placement of the ball in the middle.  Once the ball hit the water, both teams scrambled for possession.  This proved to be the theme for the entire match and this was due to the goalies and defenders in front of them getting the job done.  While the defenses played good for the majority of the game, there was a period in the first half where there were about 12 goals in 10 minutes.  For the other 30 minutes, only 4 goals were scored.  Going into the half, both offensive attacks had to be happy with the results that were on the scoreboard (7-7).  The second half was not as forgiving to the offenses as there were only 2 more goals scored (both by MVOM).  Could this be because of conservative play?  Well, this proved to be too much for Shenanigans and MVOM advanced to the finals for Thursday night’s championship game.

Final Score: Mean-Valued Old Men–9    Shenanigans–7

Play of the game: Shenanigans makes a behind-the-back goal in the first period to take a 1-point    lead


Friends of Satan @ Phi Delta & Kappa Delta 1: Thursday, November 13th

Both Friends of Satan and Team Phi Delta and Kappa Delta were looking to collect a victory in this one.  The game got out to a quick start with the home team gaining 3 runs in the top-half of the inning, and Friends of Satan answering with 2 of their own.  FOS’s pitcher got some momentum for his team by preventing Team PD/KD from scoring in the 2nd, and this led to his team scoring 6 runs (maximum) in the bottom of the inning to take an 8-3 lead.  Team PD/KD was showing some fight as they scored 3 runs themselves in the top-half of the 3rd to bring it within a deficit of 2 (8-6).  The story of the game was responding to adversity on the part of Friends of Satan.  They scored 4 runs shortly after the 3 run performance of Team PD/KD and added 4 more in the next two innings.  The game was called in after the top of the sixth inning due to the 6 run rule implemented by league officials.  When it was all said and done, Friends of Satan capitalized with a victory.

Final Score: 16-8 in favor of FOS

Play(s) of the Game:

–FOS outfielder makes an over-the-head catch to end the inning

–FOS 2nd baseman charges for a chopper in front of the mound and gets tangled up with the umpire and         both fall to the ground (Noone was hurt).

The Shamrocks vs. Stan Mansell: Wednesday, October 29th 8:00

With the way that the flag football leagues are established, these two teams were battling for the third time (2 games in the regular season) in the playoffs.  Both teams got the best of each other taking one game a piece in the regular season.  This game would be the indicator of who would reign supreme in the tough division from which they came.  The game got off to a slow start due to the lack of offensive output, but this should not take away from the excellent defensive plays that were made in the process.  The drought was ended when Stan Mansell scored on a long and efficient drive to make the score 7-0.  The Shamrock’s struggles continued when they threw an interception that led to a quick score for Stan Mansell (14-0).  Just before the end of the first half, Stan Mansell all but ended the game for the Shamrocks by scoring on a pass up the middle to make the score 21-0.  Much of the credit should be given the Stan Mansell’s speedy QB who was running the Shamrocks all over the field.  To add to the frustration of the Shamrocks, they made a nice drive to the goal line only to see Stan Mansell pick another pass.  This proved to be the ender for the Shamrocks and their championship hopes were crushed.  Stan Mansell made some key plays at the end of the game to run the clock out and advance in the playoffs.

Final Score: 21-0 in favor of Stan Mansell

Play of the Game: What seemed to be the Shamrocks only big play of the day was a deep pass that was tipped off the hands of Stan Mansell’s DB and into the hands of the Shamrock’s open receiver.  As the score shows, they did not score off of the play.

Redeem Team vs. Lights Out: October 22nd 9:00

Based on last year’s disappointing finish, Redeem Team came into this season and game with a motive to win and win big.  Due to the cold weather, the game got off to a slow start as players were still warming up.  Lights Out had the ball first, which resulted in a three and out.  This appeared to be the theme throughout the game as they could not establish the running or passing game.  This put much unwanted pressure on the defense. Redeem Team answered to the opponent’s slow start by unloading a touchdown pass to their playmaker Anthony Carson on the opponents porous defense (7-0).  He scored shortly after as well on a nice touch pass that reached him in stride (13-0).  Towards the end of the first half, Redeem Team took advantage of a Lights Out turnover that put them in prime position to score, especially with the momentum they received from that turnover.  They knew the passing game was working, but decided that a nice run would throw them off.  They did a sweep to the left, a lateral back to the right with some jukes, and ended up scoring on what was the nail in the coffin (19-0).  There was a period of the game where both teams were at a standstill, but that was ended by a score with approximately 5 minutes left in the game.  Redeem Team’s accurate QB rolled out to the far right and threw it back to his left to a wide open receiver (25-0).  At this point, frustration was setting in for Lights Out and the game was eventually called with 2 minutes remaining due to league rules.

Final Score: 25-0 in favor of Redeem Team

Play of the Game: Redeem Team’s Lateral play for the long score

Munsoned vs. last MEN standing: Wednesday, October 1st 7:00

We are in week 2 of the flag football season, and there have been some intriguing games. Munsoned vs. last MEN standing was a great matchup and was a good game all until the last few minutes of the game. Both teams got off to early starts scoring off of a pick six(Munsoned) and a touchdown pass(last MEN standing). Munsoned responded by getting a highlight reel touchdown catch soon after. The receiver was back pedaling amid great coverage, tipped the ball, and as he was falling, made the miraculous catch to make the score 13-7. Later in the game, LMS handed the ball off to their speedster(He can probably run the 40 in 4 seconds flat) who turned the corner and attempted a dive into the endzone, but his flag landed on the 2 yard line. They scored 1 play after on a run up the middle to make the game even at 13-all. The second half is where the game became out of reach. Munsoned went for the touchdown on 4th down and got it. One of the weirdest successful throws I have seen all year was done by their QB who kind of flipped it high in the air, on the run, to his receiver to the right (20-13). LMS knew they had to play smart to make a comeback, but that was negated when Munsoned returned another interception for the score (26-13). To add insult to injury, Munsoned scored one last time towards the end of the game.

Final Score: 32-13 in favor of Munsoned

Play(s) of the game: Receiver for Munsoned makes circus catch for the score, and LMS’s speedster runs his way to the 2 yard line leading to an eventual score.

Pictures from game (click on them to see full size)