It was a tightly-contested defensive rematch for the Post Flag Football Tournament Title when undefeated 108th ADA “Skystrikers” took on the 82nd FMC, Dec. 7. The teams played two nights before in the quarterfinals of the double-elimination tournament, with 108th ADA winning 7-0.
In their next game, 82nd FMC came back to win the loser’s bracket and entered the title game with a record of 4-1.
82nd FMC received the ball to start the game, but had to punt after a false start call and back-to-back sacks. After a quick four-and-out, 108th ADA turned the ball over on downs.
Both offenses struggled throughout the first half, with neither team reaching the end zone. Sgt. Ryan Bach, 108th ADA quarterback and team captain, made plays on the ground and through the air, but the defense of 82nd FMC wouldn’t let up.
The defensive battle continued throughout the second half. Then, with 20 seconds left in the game, Bach found Spc. Johnathan Morell in the middle of the end zone for the night’s only score. 108th ADA converted the extra point to go up 7-0 with 10 seconds on the clock.
After kickoff, 82nd FMC ran the ball to the 38 yard line with 4 seconds remaining in the title game. On the last play, 82nd FMC’s Hail Mary pass landed in the arms of Bach to seal the Skystrikers win.
This was the team’s second post championship in three years. Bach attributes the success of his team to an Army standard: resilience.
“We know we have a good team, but when we get this deep into the post tournament, we play a lot of other tough teams,” he said. “It never comes easy — there’s a lot of tough moments back and forth and to be able to overcome those in the tough moments, that’s what’s important.”