Saturday will be the icing on the cake for fans of the Men’s Summer Flag Football League, as the league’s two top teams will face off in the championship game.
The undefeated Sharks and the Archers will kick off the league finale at 7 p.m. Saturday at Lionel Roberts Stadium.
The two teams punched their tickets for the big game in different fashions. Last weekend the Sharks (6-0) overcame some early problems to notch a 30-0 victory over the winless Dynasty, while the Canes outlast Dynasty in a 20-14 slugfest.
In the opener of the doubleheader, the Sharks took care of business despite getting off to a slow start. The Sharks were not able to score until the second quarter, and then resorted to a trick play to break the deadlock. Running back Julio Hodge took a pitch and, instead of running the ball, threw a strike to Cursim Hansen who scored to give the Sharks all the points they would need. But not all the points they would score.
Hodge put another six points on the board when he picked off the Dynasty pass and took it back for a touchdown. Hansen then scored twice to make the lead 24-0 at halftime.
The scoring slowed down in the second half as the only points were another pick six by the Sharks defense, bringing the game to the final, 30-0, tally.
The nightcap of the two games was the polar opposite, more of a see-saw affair that wasn’t settled until the possession.
The Canes put the first two points on the board, scoring an early safety, but back to back Archers touchdowns from Calvert White and Kyron Correa gave the Archers the advantage, 14-2.
The Canes responded before halftime when quarterback Sebastian Silva found Yohance Henley in the end zone to make the halftime score 14-8.
The Archers’ White scored the games next touchdown in the second half after an interception put the team in great field position.
The Canes switched to Henley at quarterback and he responded by hitting Ameen Rachid for a touchdown, bringing the score to 20-14. The Canes got the ball back with just over four minutes remaining but the comeback effort died when a fourth-down conversion came up a yard short on a quarterback scramble.