By: Mack Drake/GCU Staff
The Grand Canyon University Flag Football team believes big success is on the horizon.
Despite a winless fall season, the Lopes are focused on fine-tuning their game in the coming months in preparation of the spring adult flag football season.
GCU finished the fall campaign with an 0-9 mark, including an early-November 24-0 loss at Chaparral Park in the first round of the Scottsdale Adult Flag Football League playoffs. Despite the results, Lopes’ Head Coach Justice Guerrero remains positive about the program’s future.
“I think the biggest thing for us is that we learned what we can’t do in league to be successful,” Guerrero said. “There were times where we had explosive spurts throughout games, but weren’t able to put a complete game together. Building off those good moments will help us be better in the spring.”
The team’s trip to Fort Collins, Colorado for the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Regional V National Championships was the highlight of the season. The Lopes raised a lot of money to make the trip and had plenty of fun despite an 0-3 showing.
“NIRSA was a good experience for us,” Guerrero said. “It was good for us to travel and build that team chemistry, see what the competition is like and what to expect for future NIRSA tournaments.”
GCU fielded its first spring team ever last year with Guerrero at the helm. The Lopes plan to compete in the same Scottsdale-based league again in the spring of 2020, and success will come down to numbers and participation.
“If we have enough players to hold two teams, the competition level will automatically rise,” Guerrero said. “This past season, we found it difficult to compete at practice with our low numbers, and that carried into our games. We have a full roster coming back for the spring in addition to a few guys who were unable to play in the fall for various reasons.”
Interested in joining GCU Men’s Flag Football? Check out the team page to learn more!