Elite Men's Championship: Fresno Renegades vs Seattle Baddogs
The Seattle Baddogs, a more conservative cerebral ball control team, ranked 19th Nationally at the time, would face off with the run and gun athletic dynamo team, the Fresno Renegades. The matchup was and is the story of two different types of approaches to the game. Like two boxers with distinct styles this game would come down to a battle on the score sheets...who could land more blows vs the knockout punch.
In the first half both teams traded scores on their initial drives. The Baddogs were able to score using a mixtures of ground and pound, play action and dump downs. The Renegades scored on their first series with speed, getting vertical in a hurry and getting behind the Baddogs Defense.
The major difference in the first half was the Baddog defense. Baddogs earned a much needed turnover on downs at midfield with 20 seconds to go. The Baddogs were able to get a short play off and get within field goal range. With the wind to their backs, the Baddogs calmly nailed a 45yrd field goal with time expiring. The score at half was 10-6 in favor of the Baddogs.
The second half again was highlighted by great defense on both teams. On their second series the Renegades were able to get a drive together using quick hitting pass plays to march down the field. They punched it into the endzone to take a 13-10 lead with about 7 minutes to go. The Baddogs got the ball back and went into no huddle hurry up driving down the field, and were able to get a score on the board with sweep play from the 5yrd line, but did not complete the conversion making the score 18-13.
With a slim lead, the Baddogs would have to man up on defense and try to hold on with just over 2 minutes remaining. The Renegades got the ball moving and proceeded to get just over mid-field, but on 3rd down, with about a minute to go in the game, the Baddogs came up with an interception to seal the victory.
Final score 18-13, for the Champion Seattle Baddogs. Congrats to both teams for a hard fought tourney.
Elite Women's Championship: Fresno Lady Stingrays vs Medford Legit Ladies
The championship game featured the number one team in the Pacific Northwest Grants Pass Legit facing off against Fresno Lady Stingrays, who are number one in the Central Valley and are coming off a National Championship in Las Vegas in the Flag Mag Tournament. The last time these two teams met was the Maximus Northwest Championship in December with the Lady Stingrays coming out on top.
The Stingrays started the scoring party off first. Legit tried to respond, moving the ball on their first few plays but failing to convert on 3rd down and punted away. Legit’s Defense dug their feet in and held on for a stop of their own. The two teams traded defensive stops for the rest of the half with the score 7-0, Stringrays.
The start of the second half looked to be much of the same, the teams trading defensive stops. The Stingrays pulled everything out that they had and put together a methodical drive down the field with less than 2 minutes left, the Stingrays put another score on the board to take a commanding lead.
Legit couldn’t respond and the Stingrays held on to take home the Championship, final score 14-0.
Comp Men's Championship: Medford Legit vs Grants Pass Venom
Both teams slugged it out during the first half and the score stood at Venom 14 - Legit 7 at the mid game break. Despite Legit’s best efforts to overcome the deficit, Venom was ultimately too much. Final score Grants Pass Venom 21 - Medford Legit 14. Congrats to both teams for a hard fought match.
WOMEN’S COMPETITIVE DIVISION CHAMPS
Medford Glam Squad defeated the Sacramento Lady Evolution 20-14.
MEN’S RECREATION DIVISION CHAMPS
Defeating Medford Kaos, the Eugene No Mercy Ballerz took home the championship!