When the leaves begin to change at Patton Campus it can only mean one thing; colder weather, crisp nights, and PA DeMolay Flag Football! Held October 21 to 23, Flag Football 2011 will be remembered for the great times and outstanding brotherhood experienced by all in attendence.
Games started early on Saturday morning, with teams from all over the state competing for the first place finish. The early odds were on Friendship-Bray Chapter, who hoped to repeat last year's victory. However, Lorraine Chapter came into the tournament looking to knock FBC off of that perch and claim the title they so closely missed at the previous tournament.
As the day progressed, the teams hashed it out on the gridiron, with many members of small Chapters filling in on other teams to boost their rosters. It soon became clear that this tournament would once again come down to a showdown between Friendship-Bray and Lorraine. Only one opponent stood in thier way - Northeast Chapter. The fighting Philadelphians of Northeast weren't going to back down without a fight, but alas they ended in third place, paving the way for a repeat of last year's final game.
As everyone moved from Patton Campus to the Elizabethtown Recreational Field for the final game, tensions were high, as the two rival Chapter's prepared to face off. The night was cool but the field was on fire as the two teams pushed back and forth, trying to dominate the other. When the dust had settled, it was Lorraine that had pulled to victory, knocking Friendship-Bray down to second place and claiming the title for 2012.
While the Championship is the prize most coveted, lots of other awards were passed out to recognize those that put forth a valiant effort. They included:
- Spirit Award - Susquehanna Chapter
- Ironman Award - Matt Maple
- Most Valuable Player (Offense) - Dequinn Jefferies (George Wasington Chapter)
- Most Valuable Player (Defense) - Josh Houston (Lorraine Chapter)
- Most Valuable Coach - "Dad" David Labagh (Elizabethtown Chapter)
Congratulations to all of our competitors and we look forward to seeing you at our next PA DeMolay Athletic event!