By: K.J. Wylie/GCU Staff
The GCU Men’s Flag Football program lost their final regular season game last Saturday against the team with the best record in the league, but were competitive the entire day in a 7-0 loss. The team wraps up the regular season with an overall record of 2-4, but has clinched a spot in this week’s playoffs.
While the scoreboard didn’t show it, GCU was in control for much of the game. From a defensive standpoint, the Lopes shut down their opponent with a combination of tight zone and man coverages. The Lopes’ lone mistake of the day was a broken coverage deep down the field that allowed the winning touchdown.
On the offensive side of the ball, there were a few dropped passes and missed throws that stopped the Lopes’ momentum. The glaring issue for GCU was their inability to finish off drives, since they came up empty in three separate trips to the red zone.
Last week, Lopes’ Head Coach Tre Stevens detailed the adjustments the team was making to increase the overall pace of the offense, and his players noticed the improvement this week.
“We ran a bunched formation and were much faster,” said Lopes Wideout/Defensive Back Kalani Inez. “We ran quicker routes, and our offensive line stepped up huge- despite the size difference. Both of those things led to our quarterback having more time. We just have to finish now.”
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Flag Football Playoffs
This Saturday, GCU will open up postseason play against a first-round opponent they did not face during the regular season, leaving the element of surprise a huge factor for both teams.
“We’re preparing for everything,” said Inez. “We still plan to run the same type of bunch offense, since we moved the ball pretty well. Our defense can compete with anyone in this league, so I’m confident about this weekend.”
The Lopes will take the field at Vista Del Camino Park in Scottsdale at 9 am for their first game this Saturday, November 3. If the Lopes advance in the single-elimination format, they will play immediately after their first game at 10 am. A win in both games will send GCU to the championship game on Saturday, November 10.