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.