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Flag football opens with blowouts

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- Flag football at Tinker AFB opened this week with a couple of blowouts and a romp.

The Navy's VQ-4 Shadows shut out the 966th AACS Eagles, 35-0, and the 33rd CBCS encountered intense static from the 72nd Medical Group, which won, 23-2. Air Force Reserve Gold shot down the Navy's SCW-1 Tuesday evening, 27-8.

The Shadows and the Eagles were scoreless in the first quarter of their game Monday, but VQ-4 quarterback Kyle Coe ignited a rampage when he scored on the first play of the second stanza. Although the conversion run was stopped short of the goal line, the Shadows led, 6-0.

On the Eagles' next possession they were intercepted by VQ-4's Tramaine Allen. Coe scrambled to within half a yard of the end zone, tossed a TD pass to Matthew Hammond, then ran the ball in for a 2-point conversion. Score: Shadows, 14, Eagles, 0.

The 966th stalled and VQ-4 took over on down at the Eagles' 15-yard line. Coe promptly heaved a TD strike to 6'7" receiver Chase Green and the Shadows increased their lead to 20-0. The Eagles' troubles continued when quarterback Michael Scheu dropped the ball in the end zone for a safety, giving the Shadows 2 more points.

Coe opened the second half with a TD aerial to Nathan Mills and a conversion pass to Green, increasing VQ-4's lead to 29-0. Mills sacked Scheu at the Eagles' 1-yard line and Coe dashed across the goal line for the Shadows' final score: 35-0.

On the first play of the 33 CBCS game Monday, quarterback Christopher Roberts was sacked by the Med Group's Justin Blunt for the first of three safeties recorded in the game.

The Medics' quarterback, Marques Mitchell, subsequently lofted a scoring strike to Stephen St. Hilaire and another to Kwamina Boyd, and the Med Group added another safety.

Gary Brown intercepted a Med Group PAT pass, then sacked Mitchell for a safety, and Redd Charlot intercepted a Mitchell pass, but the Medics had a comfortable lead at halftime, 17-2.

The 33 CBCS mounted a drive in the third quarter that advanced from their 4 to the Med Group's 10, where Roberts was stuffed on fourth down and the Medics took over. CBCS stiffened on defense and the Med Group had to punt.

However, Brian Thornberry intercepted a CBCS pass for the Med Group, and Mitchell threw a touchdown pass to Phil Starks. The QB's conversion run was stopped at the 1-yard line, but the Medics had raised their lead to 23-2. The 33 CBCS were unable to cross midfield before the final whistle.

In the Air Force-Navy duel Tuesday, Reserve Gold quarterback Ralph Hawkins was intercepted on Reserve Gold's first possession. SCW-1 quarterback Allon Floyd, in turn, threw a TD aerial after he had advanced beyond the line of scrimmage on fourth down, so the score didn't count.

Hawkins was intercepted again, by Jeremy Morris, which led to an SCW-1 touchdown, although the PAT pass was incomplete. The Sailors tacked on 2 more when Damon Ireland sacked Hawkins in the end zone. SCW-1 struck first and led 8-0.

However, 6'4" Gold receiver/defender Brandon Thompson almost intercepted two Navy passes before he finally grasped one and ran it back for a touchdown. A PAT pass to Joe Huizar narrowed the score to 8-7.

Gold's A.J. Myers then intercepted a Floyd pass and raced to the Navy's 10-yard line before he was "tackled." Thomas Carter snared a Hawkins pass but was stopped short of the goal line as time expired in the first half.

On SCW-1's first possession of the second half, the Sailors were penalized once and had to "punt" after Floyd was sacked twice, the second time at his 1-foot line.

The Airmen scored again, from the Sailors' 10, when Hawkins lateraled to Carter, who lobbed a pass to Myers in the end zone. The PAT pass was broken up, but the Airmen took the lead, 13-8.

On SCW-1's next possession, Floyd, pressured by Myers, was intercepted by Thompson at the Sailors' 23. Spirals to Carter and to Patrick Ridlon advanced Gold to the 3-yard line, where Hawkins faked a reverse and fired a TD pass to Thompson. Carter added 2 on a conversion run, raising the score to 21-8.

Myers intercepted another SCW-1 pass when the Sailors bobbled the ball, and the Airmen took over at the Navy's 17-yard line. Carter, replacing Hawkins at quarterback, threw a 16-yard pass to Huizar. Ireland stopped Carter at the 1-foot line, but Carter found Kevin Spano in the end zone for another Gold TD strike, which ended the scoring at 27-8.