Raining wins

Post-season woes and wins

Derek Baker

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Union College flag football intramurals have come to a close. A victor has been crowned, and we now prepare to move on to intramural volleyball. Before we put football in the rearview mirror for good, let’s take a look at how this season shook out.

Curt and Dan Carlson gave the other teams a serious run for their money this season with most of their losses coming by just one possession. If you ask all the quarterbacks in this league which of them throws the best deep ball, they’d all agree on Curt.  Curt aired it out to receivers Zak Luke and Jared Messinger, but unfortunately they didn’t always come down with it. Curt and company put up a valiant effort against Underwood and his team, but ultimately came up short. The true potential of this team will forever be unknown, as most of their games were played without key players Jake Trana and Zack Posthumus.

Kyle Berg and David Meyer started the season hot. Undefeated for most of the season, Berg and company chewed up the clock while opposing playmakers were forced to sit and watch. Berg’s season was cut short when Reese Jimenez was injured and the team was forced to play a man down the rest of the game. Berg has now played one full season at quarterback and I doubt he will ever want to give it up. Next year look for him to bounce back in a big way.

Gaskin and Gaskin started off slow, but a change at the quarterback position just before playoffs breathed life into the offense. Defenses were forced to contain freshman James Dickerson. Dickerson’s back yard style of football was entertaining to watch, but frustrating for opposing defensive ends. The Gaskins made it to the second round of the playoffs, but were eliminated in a tight game against Mekelburg and Baker. Look for Dickerson to make a splash this week in football class games, and maybe next year if he captains his own team.

Tyler Underwood and Jonatan Rojas made it to the championship game, but a slew of injuries forced multiple changes in the lineup. Underwood’s exciting runs and big play potential became his demise the last game of the season. On the second play of his team’s first possession, Underwood broke a 60 yard run and in the process strained his hamstring. Ryan Perry stepped in at quarterback and threw two touchdowns, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to clinch the win. Their defense was unable to put much pressure on Mekelburg, and that proved to be the Achilles' heel of the team. Both teams will always wonder what would’ve happened if all were healthy. Despite the outcome the game, it was epic for those involved—played in the rain and mud just like championships should be.

The Champions of the 2014 season are Baker and Mekelburg. Finishing the season undefeated and on top, this team showed continuity and precision on both sides of the ball. Mekelburg’s quick decisions and play calling proved to be stellar as he marched his team to victories. This is his first football championship, and will certainly not be not his last.

The surprise team of this year was definitely College View Academy. CVA came out with guns blazing and made a deep playoff run falling one game short of the championship. Union College Intramurals looks forward to the addition of a competitive and talented team next year.

The next intramural sport is volleyball. Be sure to sign up and watch all the action in the Thunderdome.

Derek is senior studying business sport management.