With the draw firmly behind the tournament, it iss now time for the qualifiers to make their way through the elimination brackets and prove once and for all who the best of the best really is. The 2018 NIRSA National Flag Football Championship Playoffs have now begun, and teams are more focused now than before on securing victories. It’s survive and advance as we start the journey to Championship Sunday. Here are the first round results of the playoffs during the 6:00pm hour:
Slippery Rock – 20
Florida International – 13
Texas State – 7
Cal Poly Pomona – 0
Game saver after game saver was the name of this game. Multiple interceptions and saves by both teams kept the game scoreless. Allison Nelson of Cal Poly Pomona had THREE interceptions to grind Texas State to a halt. Allison Romero, Emily Ruggieri, and Taylor Vojnich of Texas State each also had an interception. In the end, it was a touchdown pass from Texas State’s Briana Allen to Sandra Richmond that was the difference they needed to bring home a victory and move on in the tournament bracket.
North Carolina A&T – 26
Georgia Southern – 7
North Carolina A&T started their march through the bracket with a defensive-minded Georgia Southern team. Sylvia Neal for NC A&T was everywhere on the field this game, putting up two interceptions, two touchdown passes, and two touchdown receptions to help NC A&T prevail. Tyanna Scott, Adrianne Mitchell, and Jada McAulay each had an interception to put the brakes on Georgia Southern.
Erin Turman had the lone touchdown for Georgia Southern, and Jasmine Leach added an interception and tackle for loss in the losing effort.
UCF – 23
High Point – 15
An amazingly close game throughout, UCF eked out a win against a very tough High Point team. The first half was riddled with interceptions from both UCF and High Point, with Aleah Wendels (HP), Jeff Schmidt (UCF), and Melinda Geisel (UCF) all picking the ball off to halt drives. It was 16-6 in favor of UCF at the half. With High Point trying to steal a win at the end, UCF’s Akash Bali had a crucial block to secure the win for UCF and advance in the bracket.
Jonathan Martinuzzi for High Point contributed with a TD reception, and UCF’s Chestton Joffe had a huge game with three touchdown passes in the winning effort.
Northwestern State – 38
Monmouth University – 6
Tarleton State – 13
Stephen F. Austin – 9
Playoffs and open division continues tomorrow morning at 9:00am local time.