The Grambling State University Intramural Flag Football teams, which consisted of one women’s and two men’s, participated in the Louisiana statewide flag football competition held at Northwestern University Nov. 20-21. The tournament kicked off with pool play with each team having to win at least one or two games to advance to single elimination round held on Sunday.Grambling’s women’s team, We Got It, won big against Louisiana Tech 20-0, ULM 20-6 and Southeastern 20-6. Grambling’s men’s team would follow suit with the Houma Boyz beating LSUS 52-7 and Delgado 46-6.
Superbad defeated Delgado 35-6 and McNeese 41-13 for a Grambling clean sweep in pool play competition giving each team a No. 1 seed in bracket play. Sunday’s elimination round would start early in the morning for the Tigers, with the Houma Boyz playing against Nicholls State in a hard-fought game that would go in overtime with GSU edging them out in the end.
The next game would go to the GSU Intramural Champs, Superbad, who would run into an experienced ULM team. Superbad started off slow but picked it up in the end, but it would be ULM eliminating them from the tournament 20-19.
We Got It would play the next game against ULM, a previous matchup from pool play, but the ladies would roll over ULM with strong defensive play that caused four interceptions and one return for a touchdown. They would win 12-0, advancing to the championship where they would play SWAC rival the Southern Jaguars.
In the women’s championship game, Southern would go up early in the game, but Grambling women would turn the heat up on offense and defense, putting Southern on their heels.
But it was a late interception thrown by Grambling in the last minute and a half that would stop them from winning a Flag Football State Championship. The ladies received a runner-up trophy and could possibly represent Grambling in New Orleans for the Intramural National Tournament.
Houma Boyz would represent Grambling in the men’s championship game, beating Northwestern 18-7 and University of Louisiana Lafayette, which they trailed 18-0 before they scored 28 unanswered points to come back and win. The championship game would be against an experienced Southeastern, four-time champs in state competition.
GSU would have a tough time defending Southeastern with spread offense and would find themselves down early but during the game state officials would stop the game due to Southeastern having an illegal player giving Grambling Houma boys the championship.