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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.