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Randon Radell's take home the flag football win this season
By Jack Clark, ‘19

Photo: Jack Clark, Nautilus Staff
Spring 2017 champion's the "Randon Randell's" on the intramural field. 

Texas A&M University at Galveston’s Flag Football Season comes to an end with the sweeping victory of the ‘Randon Radell’s’ at the championship game. The scoreboard blinked the final score at a soaring 60-40, concluding the Spring 2017 season for the record books of TAMUG history.

The ‘Randon Radell’s’ team consisted of Cole Farine, ’18, Nick Burke, ’19, Jace Allen, ’18, Thane Jurenka, ’18, Randall Oustalett, ’18, Tyler Kendrick, ’17, and Thomas Pivach, ’19. Most of the members on the team have been playing together since 2014, and two of the members are players from the famed ‘Savage Season’ team who crowned the flag football championship last year in fall 2016.

This year’s league was played at a fast pace, with high scoring games all around. The ‘Randon Randell’s’ had an in division record of 3-1 before the playoffs, setting them apart.

The Championship game was determined by just a couple of major defensive stops against the opponents. As Farine said, “the first half was a shootout from the very beginning. The offense was clicking on both sides.” This forced the team create a new defensive plan to counter act the course of the game.

The first half ended with two seconds left on the clock when veteran player, Jace Allen, made an interception and ran the ball up just yards away from the goal line. With one final play in the first half the team managed to score leading the “Randon Randell’s” 14 points ahead of their opponents.

The second half started with a slow but steady momentum in the defense of the ‘Randon Randell’s’. The opposing teams offensive was still strong, but getting slower with every second that passed by on the clock.

Oustalett and Allen were noted for their key performance throughout the game. Oustalett managed to score several touchdowns in his role as slot receiver, and Allen for changing the course of the game with his first half interception and strong defensive as safety.

Farine said that they finished off the game by, “Scoring with zero seconds left on the clock. We had to go for the two point conversion to win.”

The team set up who will play each position before the season started with the goal in mind to keep defensive players quick and offensive players tall.  The ‘Randon Randell’s’ would practice on the weekends to, as Farine said, “knock off the rust.” They came into every game with a blanket strategy, but would make adjustments as each team posed a different challenge.

Sign-ups for the Flag Football season start early in the semester. Teams can be made up as a whole, and individuals can be recruited as free agents before the season starts. Two divisions battle it out on the field but only the few make it to playoffs. Games are held on Tuesday and Wednesday nights on the intermural field.

This academic year concluded with the ‘Savage Season’ winning the fall term and the ‘Randon Randell’s’ securing the spring.

 

Intramural flag football team lives up to their name “Savage Season” takes home 2016 championship 

By Jack Clark, ‘19

Photo courtesy: TAMUG flag football team

TAMUG Intramural flag football team, “Savage Season”, wraps up the season with a record of five wins and one loss. The team won the championship game 28-0.

Intramural flag football has come to an end for the season with the overwhelming win by the team Savage Season. This rag tag team bred straight from Louisiana brought a new vigor to the muddy field on Pelican Island.  They finished the season strong at the championship game with a score of 28-0. This completes their season with a record of five wins and one loss.

As with any team that takes the field, there always needs to be a focal point. Someone to guide the team to victory under the prevailing circumstances and conditions. For the Savage Season this was head coach Cody Mire, ’19, of New Orleans, La.

As Mire explained, “We trained hard. We did speed drills on the beach in the sand. We were a high intensity team. We never gave up, we did what we had to do to win.”

From the sidelines spectators can see the chemistry boil into success. Mire expressed that he looks up to LSU’s interim coach Ed Orgeron for his style of leadership on game day.

Throughout the season the team developed both light hearted and serious traditions. Before every game the team would stretch to “Eye of the Tiger.” At half time coach Mire would expand upon weaknesses he saw while the team was on the field. While the team is made up of mostly native Louisianans, they all indulged in a classic Texas football postgame tradition —Whataburger on 61st street.

As Mire led the team from the sidelines, Thomas Pivach, ’19, from Belle Chasse, La., talked about his perspective as the team rusher, “at first we always went for the win but then the defense would get motivated from blocks, picks, and sacks.”

Perhaps the strongest strategy the team has against the opposition is their overwhelming roar of energy. On game day, the sidelines would be equipped with friends eager to see nothing but victory. The spirit from the fans would infringe upon the field and Pivach said they would, “always get riled up on the first drive, capitalize on it, so the motivation could be in our hands.”

Since the season is over, it’s time for the team to rebuild, regroup and prepare for next fall. Pivach said that the goal is to, “pick up new people so everyone can focus on their own position.”

One of the challenges the team faced was the difference in culture out on the field. As Mire said, “the team had a chip on their shoulder being from Louisiana, we had to prove that we were the best in the league.”

When teams look back at intramural flag football history, they’ll see the Savage Season secured the 2016 championship. The team’s motto is, “Play every game like it’s your last,” and their 2016 record reflects that mantra. One thing TAMUG can expect next year is that no win will come easy; every team will have the championship on their mind and a fight in their eyes.