After an exciting season of intramural flag football, a new champion has been crowned. The OCCC Dream Team defeated team You Know 48-34 to become league champions of the 2010 flag football season.
Coming into the title game, You Know held a league best 6-0 record as the OCCC Dream Team was a close second at 5-1, with the only loss being to You Know earlier in the season.
The Dream Team began the game with a quick drive down field ending in a Nick Pinkerton scramble for the opening score of the game.
You Know answered right back on their first possession with a quarterback scramble of their own from Collin Gentry to tie it up.
The Dream Team’s Andrew Self put pressure on You Know yet again after a quick 40-yard touchdown reception. You Know failed to gather an equalizer as a turnover on downs led to another Dream Team touchdown shortly after.
Down 20-7 and in need of a score before halftime, You Know’s receiver-turned-quarterback Josh Vanover threw a bomb to Gentry to put the game at 20-14 heading in to the second half.
With momentum edging in You Know’s favor to begin the half, Gentry led his team down the field with an impressive touchdown to receiver Matt Basinger in the corner of the end zone.
Scoring on all three of their first half possessions, the Dream Team failed to move the ball for the first time all game with a turnover on downs, giving You Know a chance to take their first lead of the game.
Fortunately for the Dream Team, the defense stepped up in crunch time and was able to pick off You Know, setting up a short touchdown for the offense, taking a lead they would never relinquish.
On You Know’s next possession, a sense of déjà vu set in as the Dream Team’s cornerback Jeremy Bonsall intercepted a bobbled ball and took it to the house, giving the Dream Team a 14-point lead.
You Know scored quickly following the back-to-back picks, but it was too little too late as the Dream Team held on to the victory, 48-34.
Avenging their only loss earlier in the season, the Dream Team gave You Know their first loss when it mattered most.
“It’s a very disappointing loss … we tried our best but we weren’t able to pull out the victory,” You Know’s Josh Vanover said. His teammate Collin Gentry agreed.
“There aren’t any excuses for this one. They played a great game,” Gentry said.
However, the Dream Team’s Nick Pinkerton was glad to get a little revenge and win the championship.
“It feels good to get this one after a sour, three-overtime defeat earlier in the season,” Pinkerton said.