GCU Lopes earn 29-6 win; GCU White falls 19-14 in Scottsdale
By: Mack Drake/GCU Staff
If there was an MVP award handed out in the City of Scottsdale 8 vs. 8 Division II League, Tyler Henry would have a great chance of winning it.
Henry continued to terrorize opposing teams in the Scottsdale Adult League, tossing four more touchdowns to lead Grand Canyon University Flag Football’s Lopes team to a 29-6 victory over Team Bye Week at Chaparral Park last weekend.
GCU White, the school’s other flag football team, lost 19-14 to Gridiron Phenoms in a close contest that came down to the wire.
Henry, who had three passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown in a win two weeks ago, has powered GCU Lopes to a 3-1 record in the Scottsdale Spring standings after losing the season opener. GCU White, meanwhile, dropped its second straight game to fall to 2-2.
“He (Henry) really spread the field and did a great job calling the game,” said GCU Flag Football Program Coordinator Justice Guerrero. “You can tell he’s getting into his groove. His mindset has been great, and the guys are really buying in.”
GCU Lopes scored on every possession in the game, working the ball up the field through the air and on the ground with ease. The Lopes jumped out in front early with a pair of touchdown passes from Henry before securing the lead with a stout defensive effort. Anthony Ramirez led the Lopes’ defense with four sacks in the game.
“The guys played great on offense, but they really stepped up defensively as well,” Guerrero said. “To hold an opponent to six points in this league is pretty good. Everybody was flying to the ball.”
In the other game, a Hail Mary launched from midfield fell harmlessly to the ground in the end zone, squashing GCU White’s hopes for a game-winning miracle at the buzzer against Gridiron Phenoms.
GCU White led 14-13 at intermission on the strength of two touchdown passes from Guerrero, who slid from his usual position of receiver into the quarterback role because of an injury. Nathan Murrell and John Keller were on the receiving end of Guerrero’s two touchdown strikes.
A defensive struggle broke out in the second half as both teams traded interceptions.
After mounting a goal line stand to prevent the Phenoms from putting the game away for good, GCU White took over at its own 1-yard line with two minutes left, down 19-14. GCU White slowly moved the ball upfield, but time proved to be the ultimate opponent. After moving the ball to midfield, GCU White was forced to throw up a last second prayer that wasn’t answered.
“It wasn’t our day,” Guerrero said. “The guys fought hard, but we kind of ran out of time on that last possession.”
GCU Lopes and GCU White are back in action this weekend. GCU Lopes will play Medulla Oblangatas at 9 am, while GCU White will square off with Hitch Please at 10 am. Both games are Saturday at Scottsdale’s Chaparral Park.
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