Titans running back Connor Field runs a sweep around left end enroute to one of his four touchdowns in the Titans victory over the Chiefs in the Junior Division Superbowl.
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The Buccaneers and Titans may have finished in first place in their NFL Flag Football divisions this season, but that mattered little in Friday evening’s two Superbowl championships.
The Buccaneers, who ran up an impressive 7-1 record during the regular season, needed a perfect strike pass from quarterback Chris Pate to wideout Kyle Parsons in the end zone late in the game to seal their 26-20 victory over the Panthers.
The Titans, meanwhile, leaned heavily on the speedy running of tailback Connor Field, who scored four touchdowns and 25 of his team’s 28 points in a 28-27 thriller over the Chiefs.
Both games featured outstanding play by all four teams, including three-touchdown performances by Chiefs running back Zach Facheris and Panthers runner Brandon Gengler, each of whom displayed excellent speed and shifty footwork.
Friday, July 13
Junior Division Superbowl
Titans 28 - Chiefs 27
In a matchup featuring high-octane running games by both teams, it was a gutsy call early on by Titans Coach Todd Zawistoski that ultimately loomed large in the outcome. Trailing 7-6 following a long TD run by Field, the Titans elected to go for two points and the lead rather than one point and a tie. The pitch went to running back Josh Zawistoski, who cut back and scampered around left end, barely eluding two Chiefs defenders at the end zone.
After that two-point conversion, the game stayed close for the rest of the way and featured spectacular runs by Facheris for the Chiefs and Field for the Titans. Late in the contest it appeared the Titans had put it away with Field’s fourth TD of the game to take a 28-19 lead. But the Chiefs never gave up and quickly scored again on a beautiful run by Facheris and a two-point conversion. After taking over on downs when the Titan attack stalled, the Chiefs moved the ball past midfield but ran out of time as the clock expired on an incomplete fourth-down pass play.
Youth Division Superbowl
Bucs 26 - Panthers 20
The favored Bucs had to come from behind in this one after trailing 8-0 early on. As they have all season, the division winners relied on the strong running of Daniel Landesburg and Tommy Price to get them back in the game. Landesburg scored two times, chewing up long yardage in the process. Price, meanwhile, had several runs of 30-plus yards and wound up punching one of them in for a TD.
Keeping the Panthers close was the speedy Gengler, who scored three TDs for 18 of his team’s 20 points. Also running hard for the Panthers was Emma Barlow, who broke out for a couple of nice runs and also spent some time at quarterback.
But with the score tied at 20 deep in the second half, the Bucs went to the air in what had been a run-dominated game. Quarterback Chris Pate had been kept scrambling by the Panthers defense but on this play found receiver Kyle Parsons streaking over the middle on a crossing pattern and hit him with a perfect pass. Parsons leapt high into the air to grab it and pull it in as he crossed the goal line in what proved to be the game-winning score.