Flag football team bound for regionals

Intramural teams prepare for the next round of competition

By Chris Cole
On October 30, 2015

File Photo by Summer Almaguer
Wolfpac member Chance Stockbridge escapes his opponent’s grasp and
gains yards for his team on Aug. 22 at Rambunctious Weekend.

After several late-night games, blood, sweat and tears, eight teams were chosen to represent ASU in the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association Region IV Flag Football Tournament Nov. 20-22, hosted by Texas A&M University in College Station.

Wolfpac, Trillest, Troll Tide and Alpha Dogs in the Men’s Division will travel to College Station to compete, as well as IM Legends, Trillest and Troll Tide for the co-rec division. Vixen will represent the women’s division. Wolfpac, IM Legends and Vixen are the three-time defending regional champions in their respective divisions.

Teams on campus have long histories and are composed of a variety of distinct personalities, focusing on comradery and fun. Flag football, while combining the fun of football without all the potentially bone-shattering roughness inherent in the sport, can be enjoyed by many different types of students. Female students, the small-framed, or those not in the best athletic condition are able to participate and enjoy a game of football without wearing pads every time they walk out onto the field.

Vixen won both of the women’s divisions with victories over WT Impact and Victorious Secret at the championship game Oct. 18. IM Legends won both co-rec divisions with wins over Troll Tide and Dynasty. Both of the men’s divisions were won by Wolfpac, a team with an extensive history of excellence in flag football.

Junior and exercise science major Chase Churchwell has been the quarterback for three years on Wolfpac. Wolfpac won with a score of 26- 25 against Trillest, making the winning point on the final play of the game.

“I think the reason we were able to pull it off was all of my teammates really helped me to move the ball around,” Churchwell said. “They always make big plays when they need to.”

Wolfpac also won 26-20 over the Alpha Dogs. This is the sixteenth year in a row Wolfpac has won its division.

Austin Matscheck, wide receiver and defensive back for the Alpha Dogs, has played with the team for over three years. “We had a great season and only lost a couple games,” Matscheck said. “My favorite thing is just being able to get out there and play and compete with friends. The teammates I have make playing flag football fun.”

Graduate student Devon Wilde has played with IM Legends for three years and hopes her team will be able to raise the funds to attend the regionals in November. Wilde is a coaching sport recreation and fitness administration major.

“Being close with each other on and off the field helps give us an edge as well as all of our competitiveness,” Wilde said. “I really hope we’ll be able to attend NIRSA and represent ASU as best we can.”

ASU has won 22 Regional Flag Football Championships since 2007. Universities will be sending their top teams to compete, with over 70 teams from all across the region and other states. The teams will play for the chance to attend the National Tournament hosted by the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida in January 2016.

ASU has won five national championships in the co-rec division for the years 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

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