The 2017 FIYA Flag Football Championship games were held on Wednesday at Rancho Cienega Park. In the Division 1 game, Ribet Academy completed an undefeated season to capture its first FIYA championship over previously unbeaten and Westside League B Champs Culver City.
The depth of FIYA flag football was on display in the D-1A title game, as Century Academy and KIPP Academy of Opportunity battled it out in an extremely well played game by both sides. But ultimately it was the Mountain Climbers reached the peak, outlasting Century Academy for the title.
Congratulations to all four teams on great seasons.
Culver City 8th Grade - Division 1 Second Place
KIPP Academy of Opportunity - Division 1A Champions
Century Academy - Division 1A Second Place
American Martyrs wins 2016 Flag Football Championship at LA Coliseum
American Martyrs of Manhattan Beach made their third consecutive appearance in the FIYA Flag Football Championship at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Their opponent, Century Academy for Excellence, was undefeated as well. American Martyrs started strong with a scoring drive, stopped Century Academy on their first offensive series and continued strong with another scoring drive. At halftime, the Mustangs led the Trojans 18 - 0. While Century Academy continued to play hard and move the ball down the field, they were not able to cross the end zone. American Martyrs finished strong, winning 32 - 0 for their first FIYA Flag Football Championship. In the 3rd place game at the Coliseum, Visitation was able to avenge a regular season loss to La Tijera by winning 32 - 12. Congratulations to all four teams for an excellent flag football season.
Everest bests Downtown 26-14
Downtown Value and Everest Value are part of the same charter school family and both schools produced excellent flag football teams for the 2016 season. All season both schools play fast and sound fundamental football. Downtown Value finished the regular season with a 9 - 0 record while Everest Value finished the regular season with a 8 - 1 record. During the regular season, Downtown Value scored on the final play of the game to beat Everest Value. Now the two schools met again for the championship. Everest started off strong taking a 14 - 0 lead before Downtown put together a nice drive to close the first half with a score so it was 14 - 8 at halftime. Everest was stopped on their first drive of the second half and Downtown scored on their first drive so suddenly it was 14 all. With under 8 minutes to play, Everest went back on top 20-14. Downtown methodically drove down the field and faced a 4th and goal from the 10 yard line. Everest's defense rose to the challenge and stopped Downtown and ended up adding another touchdown in the final seconds to win 26 - 14. Congratulations to both teams and their coaches for a wonderful season.
Harry Bridge Defeats American Martyrs to Capture 2015 FIYA Championship
On an absolutely gorgeous Sunday morning at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, FIYA held its Division 1 Flag Football Championship Day. Two undefeated teams -- Harry Bridges of Wilmington and American Martyrs of Manhattan Beach -- met on the gridiron where legendary athletes have played in the past. Both teams first offensive drives ended with interceptions. But Harry Bridges was able to get two more interceptions and eventually turn them into scores to lead 14 - 0 at halftime. The Bulldogs and the Mustangs continued to battle each other and play hard in the second half with each team scoring a touchdown. Harry Bridges wins its first FIYA Flag Football Championship by a score of 22 to 6. American Martyrs, who made it to the 2014 FIYA Flag Football Championship game as well, ended the season with a 10 - 1 record. In the 3rd place game, Orchard Academy of Bell put on an offensive display of speed and skill to defeat Frank Parent of Inglewood by a score of 44 to 12. Congratulations to all four teams for a wonderful season. Click on Sports, Flag Football and Playoffs for pictures from the Championship Day at the Coliseum.
WISH crowd of 200 celebrates school's first FIYA championship
WISH Charter sent their red army of supporters, players and coaches to Frank Parent School on Monday afternoon to battle Park Century School in the FIYA Division 1A Flag Football Championship. With a solid defense and proficient offense, the Owls showed their fan base that they have a lot to cheer about with respect to the school's athletic program. Congratulations to both schools on their flag football accomplishments this season.
On Sunday for the third time FIYA held its’ Flag Football Championship at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. In a new wrinkle prior to the games we held a field goal kicking contest open to all FIYA participants. Over 20 students came out to see if they could split the uprights, with Matt McGonigle of American Martyrs besting Luka Kielbasa of Holy Trinity in the end with an impressive boot from 40 yards out.
The first game saw familiar foes Holy Trinity of San Pedro and St. Anastasia of Westchester battle as they had for the previous two years at the Coliseum, and as in 2012 this game would determine who finished in Third Place. Trinity got out to an early 8-0 lead before the Panthers responded with a tying score. The Chargers had an answer of their own though, going up 16-8 at the half. St. A then followed up with two straight touchdowns to take a 20-16 lead with two minutes left to play. The fun was only just beginning though, as HT got in the end zone one more time with fifty seven seconds left to go ahead 22-20. The lead may have felt safe but the Panthers had other ideas, securing one final touchdown with just nine seconds left to take the victory 26-22.
After such a taut affair the championship game had a tough act to follow but Frederick Douglass of Los Angeles and American Martyrs of Manhattan Beach did not disappoint. Douglass had handed Martyrs their only loss of the regular season so the Mustangs had revenge on their mind but it would be no easy task. AMS got on the board early to take an 8-0 lead, only to see the Lions take the ensuing kickoff to the house to get within 8-6. The teams traded scores to leave the score 14-12 Martyrs in the waning moments of the first half. A Douglass interception in the final minute turned the tide though and led to a quick score and an 18-14 halftime lead. Another kickoff return to start the second half seemed to put Douglass in control at 24-14 but anyone who had seen these two teams all year knew better than to think the game was over. A Mustang pick six left the score 30-28 Lions with 3 minutes left, and after a stop Martyrs had one final chance. The Douglass defense held though on fourth and goal and brought them their first ever FIYA Championship.
Congratulations to all four teams on excellent seasons and thanks to everyone who came out to make it such a special day for all involved. Click here to view our Facebook page and many more pictures of the days events.
Frederick Douglass - Champions
American Martyrs - Second Place
Matt McGonigle, American Martyrs - Field Goal Contest Champion
On a beautiful day for football, FIYA held its Flag FB Championship Sunday at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The Championship game saw familiar foes Holy Trinity of San Pedro and St. Anastasia of Westchester battle it out for FIYA supremacy. Trinity got out to a 14-0 lead but knew from experience the Panthers would not go quietly. And after scoring on the last play of the half, St. Anastasia followed it up with a scoring drive to begin the second and cut the lead to 14-12. The Chargers quickly answered with a score of their own though, and made several key defensive stops down the stretch to secure the 28-18 win and the championship.
In the Third Place game, KIPP Academy of Opportunity of Los Angeles took on Century Academy of Inglewood. The first half saw the teams trade scores, with KIPP holding a slim 12-8 lead at the intermission. It was more of the same in the second half with neither team able to gain control until KIPP got in the end zone one last time in the closing minutes to secure a 24-16 win.
Beyond two well played and hard fought games, the venue provided a special atmosphere that will be talked about long after the details of the games themselves have faded. Thank you to everyone who came out in support of the schools for helping create such a memorable day for all involved.
Holy Trinity - Champions
St. Anastasia - Second Place
The FIYA Flag Football Championship game was set Wednesday and Thursday with two well played Final Four games. First, Holy Trinity got off to a fast star against KIPP Academy of Opportunity, only to see KIPP battle back and make it a game in the second half. The Chargers held on though to advance. Then in a back and forth game between evenly matched teams, St. Anastasia and Century Academy fought hard for the their chance at the title. After exchanging leads throughout, St. Anastasia was able to make some big plays late to hang on for the victory and move on to the title game.
All four teams now advance to FIYA Championship Sunday December 1st at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Gate 3960 on game day beginning at 9 AM. The 3rd Place game kicks-off at 9:45 AM with the championship to follow at 11:00 AM.