Flag football final has fantastic finish
They were celebrating their own brand of March Madness on Sunday night at Eldersburg's Supersports Indoor Arena.
There, in a league so new that the teams have no names, Team 1 edged Team 2, 24-21, in the first Supersports Flag Football Super Bowl.
Rough enough when played outside, flag football indoors is pure mayhem played on the Supersports playing field that is only about 30 yards from goal line to goal line.
Ball-carriers often found themselves tackled or crunched against the wood --er boards as defenders tried to stop their advance before grabbing at the flags hanging from their belts.
But no really serious injuries have occurred this year.
"A couple of guys got concussions but came back the next week," said Team 2 captain Shane McQuay, who played Sunday with a broken finger. "I like the hitting."
The squads both were 6-1 entering the Super Bowl, having split two earlier meetings. And both were evenly matched in this game, which stresses quickness and strength.
Team 2 jumped to an early 14-0 lead when quarterback Chris Zaruba tossed two scoring passes to end Skip Crouse. McQuay caught both conversion passes from Zaruba.
The second conversion pass took advantage of the unique indoor rules, as Zaruba lobbed the ball deftly off the boards in the end zone and into McQuay's hands.
Team 1 made it 14-6 when quarterback Jomo Temple hit Chris Tracey near the goal line and later scampered the last few yards on a keeper play near the end of the first half.
Team 2 threatened before intermission but Zaruba was board-checked and de-flagged just short of the goal line.
Team 1 scored twice in the first four minutes of the second half to go ahead 18-14.
Temple hit Tracey for one score and Troy Carroll for the go-ahead tally.
Crouse put his team ahead again with a touchdown run up the middle and McQuay caught his third conversion to put Team 2 on top 21-18 with 13:40 remaining.
Tracey later intercepted a pass in his end zone to begin Team 1's winning drive. He culminated it with a scoring run down the left sideline, bouncing off the --er boards as he went into the end zone.
Zaruba tried to bring his team back but was stopped at midfield on a fourth-down play.
Temple then ran out the last two minutes on the clock.
* Sunday 30-over -- Eckenrode Insurance rode 24 points from Scott Cassell and 19 from John Wuenschel to a 74-63 victory over Eldersburg Pool. John Bare and Ron Long had 15 and 14, respectively, for Eldersburg.
* Normandy Health and Fitness ripped Westminster Bank, 100-74. Dan Lytwynee scored 22 points for Normandy and Kevin Knisley added 17. Bob Bowers tallied 24 for Westminster Bank and John Boyd, 17.
* Normandy topped Eckenrode, 64-46, in the championship game.
Brian Wiggins scored 20 and Knisley 18 for the winners.
* Tuesday Unlimited-B Division -- Random House tripped the Hoosiers, 74-59. Matt Bowers threw in 21 points for the winners and Floyd Hopkins supported with 17. Dave Macharsky had 22 for the Hoosiers.
* Phil Win tossed in 25 points to lead S.R.L. to a 53-51 decision over the Gamblers. Jeff Kalb's 13 paced the Gamblers.
S.R.L., the only team to beat Random House during the regular season, did it again in the championship game with a 69-58 win.
Win had a game-high 35, including eight three-pointers, for S.R.L., and Dave Vanleeuwen scored 14.
* Unlimited A Division (Monday and Wednesday) -- Marc Rudolph scored 30 points and Dave Barnes 21 to lead Gettemy to an 81-68 win over S.F.A. Courtland Thomas had 30 points and Don Wetzel and Ronnie Dutton 19 apiece for S.F.A.
* The Outlaws blasted Maria's, 112-52. Mike Bledsoe had 30 points, and Andy Frisby and Terry Barnes each scored 20 for the winners. Jim Hursey scored 26 for Maria's.
* Wilson Sports knocked off Lippy Brothers, 84-61, behind 27 points by Herman Costley and 18 from Randy Matthews. Keith Lippy scored 19 for Lippy Brothers.
* Wilson topped Now and Then Antiques, 83-64. Costley scored 25 for Wilson, Barry Wilson, 21, and Jim Dorsey, 18. Troy Warehime had 17 for Now and Then.
* In one of the most exciting games of the year, Gettemy decisioned the Outlaws, 105-103.
Bryan Lynch scored 28 points for Gettemy, Rudolph 27 and Eric Watkinson, 19.
Cliff McQuigg was the Outlaw's scoring leader with 28.
* In the championship game, Wilson beat Gettemy, 75-53, behind Costley's 25 points and Matthews' 17. Lynch and Rudolph had 19 and 15 points, respectively, for Gettemy.