By Nathan Pfau, Army Flier Staff WriterNovember 8, 2012
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (November 8, 2012) -- The D Company, 1st Battalion, 145th Aviation Regiment Bama Bombers and the 110th Aviation Brigade Phantoms met in cold weather for some friendly competition to battle it out on the field during an intramural flag football game Nov. 6.
The Bama Bombers beat the Phantoms 41-17 with a combination of speed and superior athleticism, according to 2nd Lt. Sean Boniface, captain of the Bama Bombers.
"We always go to plays that we can outrun teams because that's our bread and butter," he said. "We started the game strong, but we dropped off toward the middle. Then we picked it back up again at the end. I'm hoping the next game that we play that we can keep our level of play up the entire game."
The game began as the Bama Bombers received the opening kick and came at their opponents with an aggressive offense. Within the first few seconds of the game they managed to score the first touchdown, but were unable to get the extra point to go up 6-0.
The Phantoms wouldn't be discouraged during their turn to receive and ran a short return, but managed a first down on their first play. However, their opponents were able to retake possession of the ball after a pass was intercepted.
The Bama Bombers offense proved to be too much for the Phantoms early on as they scored their second touchdown early in the game, but were again unsuccessful in their extra point attempt.
As the Phantoms took possession of the ball, their opponents tried to keep them from a first down, but the 110th team slowly made its way toward the goal line.
The Phantom's aggressive offense proved successful as they managed their first touchdown with the extra point to put themselves on the scoreboard.
As the Bama Bombers received the kick, they only managed a short return, but came back with a 40-yard play on their next down. As they inched closer to the goal line, their opponents defense went to work and managed to force a field goal attempt, but a penalty against the Phantoms awarded the D Co. team a first down and another chance at a touchdown.
The Phantoms managed to defend well enough to take their opponents to fourth and goal with just 26 seconds left in the first half, but couldn't keep up with the Bama Bombers offense as they ran past the 110th team for their third touchdown and first extra point to bring the score to 20-7 at the end of the first half.
The Phantoms received to start the second half and were determined to get back in the game. They managed a 30-yard pass in their first play to get within 20 yards of the goal line, but their opponent's defense held them to a field goal, bringing them within 10 points of the D Co. team.
The Phantoms continued to play aggressively and their defense forced a turnover to retake possession of the ball.
Their offense seemed to mirror the defense they were playing and play after play brought them closer to the end zone until they finally scored another touchdown and extra point to trail the Bama Bombers 20-17.
Not to be outdone, the Bombers came back in full force and managed a 75-yard-plus play for a touchdown on the first play, and the extra point extended their lead and turned up the pressure on their opponents.
With only two minutes left in the game, the Phantoms had their work cut out for them as they received the kick.
Their opponent's defense wouldn't let up, however, and prevented their quarterback from completing passes and the Bama Bombers retook possession of the ball.
The D Co. team managed another touchdown and extra point on its first play and led 34-17 with about a minute left in the game.
The Phantoms offense couldn't seem to find the footing they had earlier in the second half and the Bama Bombers managed another interception, which they returned for a touchdown with only seconds left in the game. With the extra point, the Bama Bombers ended the game victorious.
"I think we had a good win," said 2nd Lt. Matthew Vane, player for the Bama Bombers. "Everyone was contributing and doing their part, and now that we're getting near the end of the season, that's what we need -- we're leaving it all on the field."