By Nathan Pfau, Army Flier Staff WriterOctober 25, 2012
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (October 25, 2012) -- A Company, 1st Battalion, 145th Aviation Brigade met the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory's Double Tap on the football field at the Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Facility during an intramural football game Oct. 23.
A Co. came out on top and defeated Double Tap with superior offense and formidable defense, 28-12.
"I feel good about the win and this was a tough team that we lost against earlier in the season, so this was a big win for us," said Capt. Walter Thomas, captain of team A Co.
"We're coming along throughout the season and you can see that we're getting better," said Capt. Julius Meyers, quarterback for A Co., "so it's nice to play a team that has beat us before and see that we can do well against them."
A Co. received the opening kickoff and ran the ball for a short return, but managed first downs in their first few plays to bring the team within 30 yards of the goal line.
They were able to play offense aggressively against their opponents to advance closer to the end zone and come within five yards of their first touchdown.
Double Tap tried to match A Co.'s aggression with their defense by staying on the quarterback, but it wasn't enough to keep their opponents from scoring only minutes into the game.
A Co. was successful in their extra point attempt to 7-0 in the first quarter.
As Double Tap took possession of the ball, they were determined not to fall behind as their quarterback was able to run a first down on their first play and got within 20 yards of the end zone on their next play.
They were able to complete a pass to score a touchdown, but were unable to make the extra point, trailing team A Co. by 1 point.
A Co.'s offense proved to be a lot for Double Tap to handle as they were able to continuously get first downs to advance toward the goal line. They scored their second touchdown and extra point to extend their lead on their opponents further, bringing the score to 14-6 in the second quarter.
As Double Tap took possession of the ball, they tried to play the aggressive defense they had in the first quarter by playing a lot of running plays, but were unable to score before the quarter ended to finish the half.
"We had to adjust our defense [against Double Tap] because they had a lot of speed and they were running the ball a lot," said Meyers. "We don't see that much, so we had to make some adjustments to contain their running back and quarterback, and it worked out."
As the second half got under way, Double Tap received the kick and an opportunity to get back into the game, but A Co.'s defensive strategy kept them at bay, which resulted in a turnover.
The turnover occurred right at the 50-yard line, giving A Co. an advantage against their opponent's defense. Two complete passes brought them within yards of the goal line, but two false starts pushed them farther from it.
It wasn't long, however, before they had another complete pass to score a touchdown to further stretch their lead, followed by a successful extra-point kick to bring the score to 21-6 in the third quarter.
Double Tap was able to run the ball past the 50-yard line during the return and their offense completed a pass on the following play to get within two yards of the goal line, which was soon followed by a running play for a touchdown. The USAARL team tried for a 2-point conversion, but were unsuccessful, bringing the score to 21-12 with A Co. still in the lead.
A Co. was able to get past the Double Tap defense for another touchdown and extra point with just over a minute left in the game.