Reigning Commander’s Cup champion Defense Logistics Agency kicked off its FY20 title campaign in promising style when the squad downed the U.S. Coast Guard Telecommunications and Information Systems Command, 24-20 in an intense intramural flag football championship final, Oct. 28 at North Post Field.
Sharing the top slot in the overall rankings with its highly respected opponent, DLA (9-1) made its way to the title matchup by downing 8th seeded Aerospace Data Facility – East, 32-20 in the quarterfinal round and defeating 5th seeded 249th Engineer Battalion, 33-27 in the semis.
TISCOM, always a serious contender on the gridiron, brought its regular schedule to a close with an equally impressive 9-1 result. The Coasties secured their place in the championship contest by dominating 7th seeded Joint Personal Property Shipping Office – Mid Atlantic, 38-14 in the quarters, and then narrowly toppling 3rd seeded National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, 19-18 in the semifinal round.
Clearly the stage was set for a major clash and the squads did not disappoint, each maintaining a passing game that kept defenses scrambling for the duration. On the opposite side of the line of scrimmage, the teams kept the defensive pressure at full steam with a constant blitz and brutal man-to-man coverage in the secondary.
In the end, DLA got the ball into the end zone with game time rapidly dwindling to build on an 18-14 lead. TISCOM managed to score in the final seconds of the game but the DLA defense made sure the effort was just a little too late, claiming the title with the 24-20 victory.
For DLA, already setting its sights on a third consecutive Cup trophy, the secret to this unit’s continued success comes down to unit pride and unflagging effort.
“This win feels wonderful; it was worth leaving work early to get here tonight,” said DLA Team Captain James Carter. “It’s really the sense of teamwork that makes this unit work. The guys on the field communicate and they all truly care. We’ve got guys out here who’ve been playing with us since 2007. We come out here to win and it means a lot when we do.”
Justin Fitzgerald, intramural coordinator, and guest play-by-play announcer, Col. Brian Thomas, Office of the Chief Army Reserve, hosted an awards ceremony after the game during which they presented the champion and runner-up trophies along with individual medals.
For regular-season scores and final standings visit http://www.quickscores.com/Orgs/index.php?OrgDir=belvoirmwr.
For more information about Fort Belvoir’s intramural sports program and the annual Commander’s Cup title race, call Justin Fitzgerald, league coordinator and sports facility manager, at 703-806-5093. Athletes can also contact their respective unit representative for sign-up information and scheduling details.
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FLAG FOOTBALL Final Results