Sep 26, 2014
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After a warm-up and jamboree on Sept. 17,  the City of Richmond Recreation Department’s 12-and-Under Flag Football League began Wednesday with two games filled with plenty of wild highlights.

In the first game, the Richmond All Stars struck early with a 7-0 first-half lead to defeat College Prep Pumas 20-6.

The latter team quickly answered with a 40-yard touchdown pass, but it was called back by a penalty and the All Stars would later pad its lead with two more touchdowns, the first of which was a pick-six. The Pumas were able to score on a gorgeous 34-yard TD pass..

In the second game, which was decided on the final play, the EM Downer YMCA Bearcats defeated Richmond PAL 20-18.

RPAL jumped out early, scoring on a pass play in their opening drive.  Not to be outdone, the Bearcats went the distance on the ensuing possession via the run. From there, the game was a test of wits as the shorter, quicker EM Downer squad found themselves in a 6-6 tie with RPAL at the half.

Later in the contest the Bearcats found themselves down 18-14. A turnover on downs allowed EM Downer one last chance at heroics.  With the under two minutes and ticking, the Bearcats saw what appeared to be their last hope fall short as the pass wasn’t completed.  One referee had actually blown the whistle for signaling for the game to be over as time had subsequently expired. In a wicked twist of fate, the other three officials convened with the back judge and informed him that a timeout had been called on the RPAL sideline.

Without controversy, this gave the EM Downer Bearcats one more shot at victory from the RPAL 12-yard-line.  A young southpaw took the snap, looked right, then threw a dime to his left to hit his receiver, who had broken free on a skinny post, right on the numbers as regulation expired.

More information about the league can be found here.

– Vencel Alfred provided the information in this report


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