Thursday, Oct. 12, marked the start of the Andrews University flag football intramurals season. At 7 p.m., a wave of red-and-black-shirted players rushed onto the field, ignoring the cool air and wet grass. They were the Young Gunz and Over the Top, two of the football teams, both pumped to play their first game of the season. Young Gunz, the larger team, even made customized shirts, complete with funny nicknames and player numbers on the backs of bright red shirts. The crowd talked excitedly among themselves, debating which team would win or chatting about homework. Some also talked with the players, sending good vibes and encouraging advice to their friends on each team. The lights blazed on, and the teams, huddled together like emperor penguins, hyped each other up and reviewed their game plan. Both teams were hopeful, but, of course, only one would win.
The Young Gunz started off with the ball, quickly scoring a touchdown within the first ten minutes of the game. Over the Top retaliated well, and neither team scored another point in the first half of the game. At the beginning of the second half, Over the Top scored their first touchdown. It seemed as though the game could swing either way until Young Gunz scored a final touchdown, consistently blocking all of Over the Top’s attempts to even out the score. In the end, the game went to the Young Gunz: the final score 14-6.
Raymond Bennett (senior, biology), a player for Over the Top, said, “I wish we won, but I think we did a good job.”
Young Gunz had an advantage when it came to the number of players, and they also practice very hard every Friday. Their committed practices payed off in this game at least, and will probably make them a hard team to beat as the season continues. Ben Choi (second year, Doctor of Physical Therapy) was glad that his team won, but was not completely satisfied and still hopes to do even better in future games.
“It was a rusty first game,” Choi said, “but we’re trying to be undefeated this season, so we’ll see how that goes.”
Noah Bishop (freshman, pre-physical therapy) came out to support a friend on the Young Gunz team.
He says that “it was great to see a friendly competition and good sportsmanship. It was also a good game to watch, but a little unfair because of the number advantage that the Young Gunz had.”
Nevertheless, Bishop was still very excited to watch his friend play, as were many of the other fans who filled the bleachers. After the game, friends came down to congratulate the players, who all did a great job during their first game of the flag football intramurals season.
Both Over the Top and Young Gunz play against different teams on Tuesday, October 17. If you’d like to find out more about AU flag football, go to http://www.aucardinals.com/ for information about game schedules, rules, and more.