In the inaugural year the tournament was hosted in Bellingham as a bit of a cross border clash of teams. The tournament grew so quickly that finding enough quality field space became problematic. Thanks to the City of Everett, the tournament moved a little farther south and secured top tier field turf fields for years to come.
Day 1 highlights and results
Complete results from Day 1
Bellingham Expendables 15 vs Everett Good Times 20
Seattle Chiefs 32 vs Tri Cities Bombsquad 12
Seattle Game of Cones 7 vs Vancouver Cobras 13
Seattle Baddogs 35 vs Skagit County Has Beens 32
Vancouver Villains 17 vs Bellingham King in the North 14
Vancouver Moosepticons 27 vs Yakima Gridiron Gang 6
Spokane Outlaws 21 vs Seattle Last Minute 13
Seattle Game of Cones 26 vs Bellingham Expendables 31
Spokane Bite 13 vs Van City Ducks 6
Skagit County Has Beens 14 vs Seattle Chiefs 46
Tri Cities Bombsquad 6 vs Seattle Baddogs 50
Everett Good Times 13 vs Vancouver Moosepticons 24
Vancouver Cobras 26 vs Bellingham King in the North 0
Yakima Gridiron Gang 6 vs Vancouver Villains 12
Seattle Last Minute 39 vs Spokane Bite 14
Van City Ducks 6 vs Spokane Outlaws 12
Rankings after day 1:
1 - Vancouver Cobras
2 - Vancouver Mossepticons
3 - Spokane Outlaws
4 - Vancouver Villains
5 - Seattle Chiefs
6 - Seattle Baddogs
7 - Seattle Last Minute
8 - Everett Good Times
9 - Spokane B.I.T.E
10 - Bellingham Expendables
11 - Van City Ducks
12 - Yakima Gridiron Gang
13 - Bellingham King in the North
14 - Seattle Game of Cones
15 - Skagit Valley Has Beens
16 - Tri-Cities Bomb Squad
*After win-loss record, the first tie breaker was points scored against.
Day 2 - Recap and Bracket
Good Times started off strong, but the Cobras had too much speed and once they got a lead they were able to pull away from the grind it out style of offense Good Times runs.
Last Minute was able to hang with the Moosepticons for most of the game, keeping it closer than expected. The Moosepticons tournament experience and ability to adjust quickly proved the difference as they were able to pull away late in the game and seal the victory.
The Chiefs defeated a perennial favorite in the Top Flight league in Vancouver, and the second place finisher in last years tournament, the Villians. The Villian’s corners were no match for the tall and athletic WR’s of the Chiefs.
The Baddogs won in a game that should have been closer against the Outlaws, who looked stronger than they have been for a tournament outside the Spokane area, but lacking in some depth. After the Baddogs got the lead it was hard for the Outlaws to get momentum and catch them.
The Semi-Final games were a mixed bag, the Baddogs pulled away from the Scott Beadell-Less Moosepticons early and never looked back. On the other side the Chiefs looked to have the game in the bag, but a costly turnover and a Cobra score kept it close with 4 minutes to play. Chiefs eventually punted, and the cobras down by only 4 points with 5 plays left, started the drive. Aided by some penalties and suspect game management, the Cobras launched a wheel route up the sideline and with a diving catch in the endzone, sent the Cobras to the Championship game.
Championship Game Recaps
The Elite Championship game began a bit slow. The Baddogs started with the ball, struggled to get it moving and gambled and lost on a 4th down from about mid field. The Cobras took over with a short field but they couldn’t convert on 4th down themselves and turned it back over. The teams traded a few possessions and right before the half, the Baddogs connected on a deep crossing route to get on the board first.
After a few halftime adjustments, the Baddogs seemed to find their rhythm. The defense held on the first Cobras possession and the Baddogs O scored quickly. After another 3 and out, the Baddogs put together a decent drive and punched it in to take a commanding 20-0 lead. One more stop and the Baddogs again had a short field. The Baddogs orchestrated a quick drive to expand the lead. As the clock wound down the Cobras could not get any closer and popped their flags and ended the game at the end of regulation.
Baddogs 28 - Cobras 0
In the Competitive division bracket, The Bellingham Expendables and the Yakima Gridiron Gang advanced to the championship. This was the first championship game for both teams and was a much closer contest than the Elite Division Championship. This tournament marks a year playing in the tournament circuits for both teams and it was amazing to see how much they had improved and came prepared. Gridiron Gang seemed to finally find a QB, his athleticism allowed their offense to extend drives and advance the ball on a consistent basis.
The Expendables have a lot of athletes across both sides of the ball and bring experience and a strong O and D line. Their biggest knock has been consistent QB play, but they seemed to find just enough for this tournament. Late in the Championship game, with the Gridiron Gang holding a 5 point lead, the Expendables were able to find a WR in the back corner of the endzone for the go ahead TD. The defense played tough for the last 5 plays preventing the Gridiron Gang from a last second score and the Expendables held on to win the championship.
Expendables 25 - Gridiron Gang 24
Congrats to both teams!