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GCU Flag Football Suffers Another Close Defeat

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October 7, 2021

Costly slip-ups hinder Lopes’ chances for comeback

By: Zach Melcher/GCU Club Sports Writing Staff

Every mistake is an opportunity to learn.

The Grand Canyon University Flag Football team is 0-2 in the Scottsdale Adult Flag Football League after suffering another close loss this past weekend, 20-11.

“Mental mistakes and miscommunication on offense hindered our ability to gain yards,” said Lopes’ Head Coach Dylan Sanchez. “Although the defense wasn’t as sound it could be, we still limited another great team to 20 points.”

During the first half, the Lopes had trouble finding the end zone as offensive difficulties put GCU in a tricky spot. Despite the Lopes’ best defensive efforts, a miracle play and a costly turnover gave their opponents a 14-0 lead entering the second half. 

A defensive stalemate ensued in the second half. With three minutes remaining, Lopes’ freshman quarterback Sam Martin with Will Pierson for the touchdown. GCU capitalized on the momentum, scoring a five-point conversion from the 50-yard line. 

A miscommunication by the Lopes’ defense on the first play of the following series allowed the opposing team to essentially walk into the end zone to put the game out of reach.

“I cannot say I am satisfied with the game as a coach,” said Sanchez. “This was a reminder that football is unpredictable, but if we are able to manage our mental mistakes there is no team that can stand in our way.”

GCU (0-2) is back in action this Saturday with a game at 11 am at Vista del Camino Park in Scottsdale.

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