By Nathan Pfau, Army Flier Staff WriterOctober 28, 2016
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- As the Fort Rucker Intramural Football Season pushes past its halfway point, the competition is heating up as teams bring the fight to the field.
The 1st Battalion, 11th Aviation Regiment, Control Freqs took on the 6th Military Police Detachment Centurions Oct. 25 during a game at the Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Center football field, but it was the Centurions that edged out a win, 26-20, to remain the No. 1 team so far in the season.
"It was two teams playing hard … and this time we tried to stay focused," said Sgt. Benny Morris, coach for the Centurions. "(The 1-11th) almost came back and they made some good adjustments, so I can't take that away from them -- they're some good ball players."
With only four games left in the season for the team until the playoffs, Morris said he and his team were determined to pull out a win, and they were able to do so with an aggressive offense that had their opponents tripping up at every turn early on.
The game started as Control Freqs received the kick off, but got off to a slow start and were unable to get through the opposing defense. The Centurions came out strong, though, with an interception by Pvt. Shawn Rogers and a 10-yard return.
The 1-11th couldn't seem to keep up with the 6th MP's offense, who managed to push up to the goal line within minutes of the game. Shortly after, a complete pass into the end zone had the Centurions on the scoreboard to lead, 6-0.
As Control Freqs took possession again, they couldn't seem to make up ground against their opponents, though they managed to get to a first down, but another interception by Rogers and a 20-yard run brought the 6th MPs within 15 yards of the opposing goal line.
Within the next play, the Centurions managed a 20-yard pass, well into the opposing end zone for their second touchdown, leading 12-0.
The 6th MP defense wasn't making it easy for the 1-11th to advance, but they weren't giving up so easily as they tried to make the most of each down.
Try as they might, they couldn't get through the Centurion's defense, which forced a turnover to give the 6th MPs another chance to score.
Overconfidence might have gotten the best of the Centurions, though, as the 1-11th managed to pick off an interception to retake possession.
The Control Freqs took full advantage of their newfound possession and pushed hard against the opposing defense, which couldn't managed to hold them back much longer. The 1-11th saw their chance and managed to get through the gaps in the 6th MPs defense to get into the end zone and get on the scoreboard with just minutes remaining in the half.
Not to be outdone, the Centurions came back on their next play with a 20-yard pass to lock in their third touchdown and extra point, to keep a comfortable lead of 19-6 at the end of the half.
The 6th MPs had the advantage going into the second half as they took possession, and they made the most of it as they kept their momentum going with a string of complete passes. Only minutes into the half, Rogers threw another long bomb for another touchdown to solidify their lead, 26-6, but it was the last touchdown the Control Freqs would give up.
The 1-11th were determined to get back in the game, and managed to push hard against their opponents for another touchdown and extra point to stay within reach of the 6th MPs, trailing 26-13.
The Centurions continued their aggressive offense, but 1-11th tightened up their defense and kept the pressure on to force the turnover, giving them another chance to score.
They took full advantage of their possession and once again found themselves on the opposing goal line. They managed to push through the Centurion's defense for another touchdown and extra point to find themselves nipping at their opponent's heels, 26-20 with just minutes remaining.
With little time left on the clock, the Centurions were determined not to lose their lead and managed to slowly push against the 1-11th to maintain first down, which gave them the time they needed to wind down the clock and seal in the win.