Approaching the championship round both teams had to overcome deficits in the final minutes of their semifinal games. Dynasty almost lost to 12th ranked Relentless, and had to depend on the miraculous interception by Pat Shed's in order to even be in the finals. In addition to the Skally Wags who were nearly eliminated by a great yet unranked squad The Biz, and narrowly escaped defeat on a touchdown pass with 3 seconds left from DuPont to Lamma.
The 2015 Medford Snow Bowl concluded with two NWFF powerhouses facing off; our 4th ranked Salem Skally Wags of the WVFFL pitted against our 6th ranked Medford Dynasty of the RVFFL, in classic Oregon flag tournament fashion. The Skally Wags dominated their local league with multiple championships in the Willamette Valley and beyond in 2014, including the 2014 Medford Snow Bowl one year ago at Dynasty’s home tournament. Dynasty has compiled numerous championships over the last 2 years, and generally handling their league competition showed up ready to play. In their last two meetings there has been mixed outcomes; Dynasty had beaten the Skally Wags in the Medford Mudd Bowl, and the Skally Wags had beaten Dynasty in the Maximus NW Championship. Needless to say, competition and respect were at a tournament high entering this game.
The offensive and defensive line of Dynasty proved to be too much in this match up. QB Anthony Gonzalez seemed to have lots of time picking apart the Skally Wags defense and moved the ball down field with all the time he needed. While his rival and counterpart QB Phil Dupont had a difficult time in the backfield seeing blue and yellow camo in his face all day from Dynasty’s pass rush. Dynasty seemed completely dialed in and played like they had something to prove and pulled out a shutout victory over the state rival Skally Wags 24-0.
Moving forward the question is will the Skally Wags pull it together and defend their home turf at the WVFFL Freedom Bowl in June? How will Dynasty fare in the Steven Faoro Tournament in Bellingham? Will teams Relentless and TheBiz start making waves in NWFF tournament circles? April NWFF rankings are sure to be shaken up by all the developments. Tournaments in the North West are for sure looking good in 2015.
Rogue Valley Flag Football League has gone from 40 women players to 100 in a matter of months, and has continued to spearhead the growth of a great new competitive flag football option for woman. The 2015 Medford Snow Bowl marks the first time Oregon has hosted an 8 on 8 women's division in a flag football tournament. The 5 on 5 style that most women's teams have become accustomed to is being encouraged to compete in the broader landscapes of the 8v8 game. This tournament represents the genesis of the Oregon Tournament League’s vision for a woman’s competitive 8 on 8 division. The RVFFL, WVFFL, and Maximus Sports are partnering with other members of the Oregon flag football community to bring together a recognized circuit of tournaments in Oregon to crown state champions in both men’s and women’s divisions.
The inaugural women's championship game featured two known foes that have only competed together in the 5 on 5 style. The 8 on 8 style would prove to be another enterprise for both squads. However, going into this game it was suspected that the Lady Dynasty had the edge over GlamTactics.
The title game proved to be a great one having both teams trade scores late first half and early second half, only to become a defensive stalemate at the end with GlamTactics coming out on top over Lady Dynasty 13-12 in a no pun intended, nailbiter.
With the potential growth of the womens game, North West Flag Football is going to have to start recognizing our sisters of the gridiron in a regional ranking as well. Stay plugged in for the latest info on the North West Flag Football community.
Top Flight Mens Champions: (6) Dynasty
Top Flight Runner-up: (4) Skally Wags
Womens Division Champions: GlamTactics
Womens Runner-up: Lady Dynasty
Competitive Mens Champions: Ill-Tatics
Competitive Runner-up: Legit
Recreation Mens Champions: NEW ERA
Recreation Runner-up: Shotcallers