The last two qualifying teams competed for the 2012 Fort Bragg Intramural Flag Football Tournament Championship Dec. 6 on Bowley Field.
Last year’s defending champions, 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, beat the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade, cementing their second championship with a final score of 27-6.
The 1st Bn., 319th AFAR finished the season and tournament undefeated.
“The season began in September with five leagues, 12 teams per league, with 60 participating units,” said Steve Johnson, Intramural Sports director, Fort Bragg Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs.
Twenty teams participated in the post tournament. Teams that placed first and second for the season within their league were granted tournament entry. Each league then held a tournament to pick an additional two teams that were granted entry into the post tournament.
Both teams attributed their success to team-work and unit cohesion.
“We have become close friends throughout these months ... brothers,” said Eddie Scott, human resource specialist, 95th Civil Affairs Brigade.
Brandon Shelton, communications noncommissioned officer and quarterback, 1st Bn., 319th AFAR, reminded his teammates throughout the season not to become overconfident after winning last year’s championship.
“We played a lot of tough teams and have been in every possible situation,” said Shelton.
“There were no MVP’s on our team; we all did this together.”
Commanders from both units were at the tournament to present their Soldiers with trophies.
Col. James C. Brown, commander, 95th CAB, was there to present second place trophies to his players.
“I have a lot of pride in what I saw on the field today. I’m proud to present these Soldier’s with what they earned,” said Brown.
“Competition in any form or fashion is very important to paratroopers,” said Lt. Col. Shane Morgan, commander, 1st Bn., 319th AFAR. “I am most proud that our battalion won with the support of our subordinate commands. This is bigger than just a record, it’s about the team,” Morgan said.
Soldiers from the 1st Bn., 319/AFAR received a four-day pass and have been recommended for the Army Achievement Medal.