The Fort Campbell Sports Branch wrapped up its spring battalion-level flag football tournament Tuesday with two thrilling back-to-back games for the championship between previously undefeated 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery and once-beaten 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.
In the first championship game, 1-160th SOAR defeated 4-320th FA by a score 7-0, and followed that up in the second game with a solid 16-0 victory. The second game was played because the tournament was a double-elimination event, and 4-320th FA was previously undefeated.
"You gotta give 1-160th a lot of credit because it's tough to beat a team two times in a row, but that's exactly what they did in the championship," said Roy Dickerson, sports specialist.
The battalion-level event was the culmination of eight days of tournament play, which began on April 4 with 18 teams.
The April 12 quarterfinals saw 426th Forward Support Battalion and U.S. Army Medical Department Activities advance to the semifinal games, along with 4-320th FA and 1-160th SOAR.
In the winner's bracket semifinal game Monday, 4-320th FA handed 1-160th SOAR a 6-0 defeat to send them in to the loser's bracket to later face the winner of the first loser's bracket semifinal game.
In the first loser's bracket semifinal game, 426th FSB held on to defeat MEDDAC 6-0. The 1-160th SOAR team then defeated 426th FSB 13-6 in the second loser's bracket semifinal to advance to the championship against 4-320th FA the following night.
The first game for the championship between 4-320th FA and 1-160th SOAR was an intense contest filled with scrambling plays and hard hits. When the game ended, 1-160th SOAR was on top 7-0 and had dealt 4-320th FA their first loss of the tournament.
"We're gonna go out there in the second game and try to do the same thing we just did," said Steven Tarbox, 1-160th SOAR quarterback. "We're gonna play team ball, solid defense and try to get in the end zone a couple of times."
Following about a 15-minute break, the two teams squared off for their second game of the evening to once and for all decide who would take home the championship trophy.
The second game belonged to 1-160th SOAR. Leading 7-0 at the half, 1-160th continued to use good passing and quickness in the second half to score another touchdown and safety to take a 16-0 late in the period.
By this time, 1-160th SOAR defensive player Anthony Johnson felt optimistic about his team winning the championship.
"If we continue to play hard and play good defense, we'll win this game - and that's a [guarantee]," Johnson said.
Johnson and the rest of the 1-160th SOAR defensive unit continued to stymie the 4-320th FA offense, keeping them out of the end zone in the second half.
When the game clock finally ran out, 1-160th SOAR had soundly defeated a good 4-320th FA team 16-0 to win the flag football championship.
"You know what - we came, we saw, we conquered," Johnson said. "We had our backs against the wall, but we played as a team and it feels great to win that big trophy."
For more information on other upcoming spring sports, visit the Sports and Fitness Office located at Fryar Stadium off Wickham Avenue or call (270) 798-3320.