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