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