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January 29, 2020

GCU White, GCU Lopes have matching 2-1 records in spring standings

By: Mack Drake/GCU Staff

For one, a defensive battle. For the other, a good old-fashioned shootout.

Two completely different games resulted in two different outcomes for the Grand Canyon University Flag Football program Saturday at Scottsdale’s Chaparral Park. GCU White couldn’t overcome costly second half mistakes in a gritty 14-6 loss to The Tune Squad, while GCU Lopes scored early and often in a high-scoring 32-25 victory over Al’s Pals.

Both teams now have matching 2-1 records in the City of Scottsdale 8 vs. 8 Division II spring standings. It was the first loss of the season for GCU White, which had rolled to consecutive wins to start the season.

“Both teams got tested in two close games,” said GCU Flag Football Program Coordinator Justice Guerrero. “For GCU White, we moved the ball pretty well all game, but just couldn’t punch it in when we needed to. On the other hand, it was a great overall team effort for GCU Lopes to get the win late in the game.”

Tied at 25-25 with 1:30 remaining, GCU Lopes orchestrated a long touchdown drive to take a late lead in the final seconds. Quarterback Tyler Henry led the Lopes down the field with his arm before scoring on a 1-yard rushing touchdown to give GCU the 32-25 victory.

Henry also connected with Julian Harris for three touchdown passes in the win.

“Everybody on the team stepped up on that last drive,” Guerrero said. “The offensive line blocked well and gave Tyler time. Tyler hit the open receivers and finished the drive with his legs.”

A defensive struggle broke out in GCU White’s game, which featured just 20 combined points. Al’s Pals opened the game with an early scoring drive before GCU White responded with a 60-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nathan Murrell to receiver Julian Horro.

It would be the only touchdown of the game for GCU White, which couldn’t cash in on two red zone opportunities later in the game.

“We had some success in the pass game,” Guerrero said. “It came down to just not being able to make the most of our opportunities.”

Al’s Pals took a second half lead after a near interception return. The Pals secured the win by punching it in on a rushing touchdown from 10 yards out a few plays later.

No games will be played this weekend with the Waste Management Phoenix Open in town. Both GCU teams will be back in action on Feb. 8.

Interested in joining GCU Men’s Flag Football? Check out the team page to learn more!