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Undefeated! Waiver Wire wins title 2 years running

Lane Mitchell (center), player for Waiver Wire, runs the ball through a crowd of players during the 2014 Fort Rucker Intramural Football Championship game at the Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Center football field Oct. 30. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)

Lane Mitchell (center), player for Waiver Wire, runs the ball through a crowd of players during the 2014 Fort Rucker Intramural Football Championship game at the Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Center football field Oct. 30. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)

Published: November 7, 2014

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (November 7, 2014) -- Two of Fort Rucker’s top intramural football teams went head to head in a game to determine who would wear the crown as post champions, with the battle ending as a perfect season for last year’s champions.

D Company, 1st Battalion, 145th Aviation Regiment team, Waiver Wire, beat Gluteus Maximus, a team made up of Soldiers from multiple units, 32-28 in the final game of the 2014 Fort Rucker Intramural Football Season at the Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Center football field Oct. 30.

Both teams played hard and neither let their intensity fall throughout the game, but it was Waiver Wire’s superior passing attack that allowed them to ultimately pull ahead for the win and remain undefeated for the season.

“It feels great (to win two years running), and this year was a lot of fun,” said Mitchell Johnson, Waiver Wire captain. “We’ve got a great group of guys, but the struggle has been being able to get guys here every night because we’ve got guys who are flying every night.”

Johnson said that players’ ability to adjust to different positions and plays helped them repeat as post champions.

“We made good adjustments and every game was different,” he continued, “so depending on who we had available that night, we would put different people on different spots or run different plays.”

That’s the strategy they had to take going into the final game as they were missing some of their key players, but that didn’t stop them from going all out to complete a perfect season.

As the game started, both teams pushed hard and seemed evenly matched as the score stayed tied for most of the first half.

Gluteus Maximus pushed hard downfield and managed to get through Waiver Wire’s defense for the first touchdown, but Waiver Wire wouldn’t trail for long. Just one play into their possession, they managed a Hail-Mary pass to receiver Roderick Brown to tie the game at 6-6.

As the half trudged on, the game started to heat up with three minutes remaining. Gluteus Maximus used their time wisely and managed a 10-yard pass into the opposing end zone for their second touchdown. A two-point conversion put them up 14-6.

Determined not to fall too far behind, Waiver Wire took possession and let fly another Hail-Mary pass, which paid off handsomely for their second touchdown. They tried for extra points but were unsuccessful and trailed their opponents 14-12.

With less than 2 minutes left in the first half, Gluteus Maximus had a chance to extend their lead and pushed hard against their opponent’s defense. Waiver Wire wouldn’t give up so easily, though, as their held strong and looked like they would get the offense off the field, but another penalty against the 1-145th gave Gluteus Maximus another chance.

They managed to take advantage of their opponent’s mishap and score another touchdown, but were unsuccessful with the extra point attempt and ended the half with a healthy lead, 20-12.

Waiver wire received the ball to start the second half and started off on the right foot with a 35-yard pass to Brown to get within 20 yards of the goal line. They then followed that up with a 10-yard pass for a first down.

They seemed to be able to get by Gluteus Maximus’s defense with ease, and within two plays they had their third touchdown just minutes into the second half. They went for the two-point conversion and were successful with the attempt for the first time to tie the game, 20-20.

It was now anybody’s game and both teams would have to work hard to win the championship. Gluteus Maximus’s offense came back strong, managing complete pass after complete pass, but it wasn’t enough to deter Waiver Wire’s defense as they eventually intercepted a pass to take possession again.

Their opponent’s defense held strong and managed to bring the 1-145th to a fourth down, but in true Waiver Wire fashion, they threw another Hail-Mary pass to Brown for their fourth touchdown to take the lead, 26-20.

Gluteus Maximus still wasn’t out of it and had plenty of time on the clock, but they had their work cut out for them. And work they did as they pushed hard downfield and their push paid off with a touchdown to tie the game. A successful two-point conversion allowed them to take the lead once again, 28-26.

With less than two minutes remaining in the game, the pressure was on for Waiver Wire whose superior passing enabled them to get close to the goal line in a hurry. With multiple completions, they managed to get into the end zone to retake the lead with just 45 seconds remaining in the game.

Despite a valiant effort from Gluteus Maximus, Waiver Wire intercepted the ball on the last drive to complete their perfect season 32-28.

This article was originally published at http://www.army.mil/article/137871/

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