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Training Days: GCU Flag Football learning plenty despite winless start

October 24, 2019

By: Mack Drake/GCU Staff

Although the season hasn’t gone as planned, the Grand Canyon University Flag Football team is learning every week.

The Lopes are 0-5 in the Scottsdale Adult Flag Football League, but that doesn’t mean the team isn’t adjusting with an eye towards the future. GCU has high expectations for its spring team, which could feature many of the same players on the roster.

“The season has been a little tough, but we are trying to compete on a learning curve,” said Lopes Head Coach Justice Guerrero. “The fall league is more competitive than the spring league, and playing against teams that have known each other for years poses a challenge when we are developing our playbook and positions on the field.”

The physicality of the adult league has been perhaps the biggest challenge for the Lopes. Many of GCU’s opponents feature rosters with grown men that have years of experience playing together.

“We’re usually playing against teams that have built their camaraderie, and capitalize on any mistake we make,” Guerrero said. “That – along with playing against grown men – makes the physicality of the league a little difficult at times.”

With the Scottsdale Adult League Playoffs approaching in a few weeks, the Lopes are currently preparing for this weekend’s National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association Regional Championships in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Guerrero hopes the lessons the team has learned this fall will result in big success at NIRSA, which is widely recognized as the one of the most competitive flag football competitions in the country.

“It’s been a challenge this year, but our guys have definitely been stepping up to the test and facing it head-on,” Guerrero said. “We’re preparing hard for NIRSA, and hopefully we can have some success there heading into league playoffs.”

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