Men's Run N' Gun Football Spring 2012

The Kekambas

Zach Sallese, Rory Burke, Ian Whitney, Brady Murphy, Ben Chadwick


Championship Game Summary
The Kekambas 37, The Gang 33

The Gang, defending champ from last spring, fell to Kekambas in a very close match-up. With Ian Whitney in the gun, Kekambas first went short to captain Brady Murphy, whose run-after-catch netted a 15-yard gain. On second and 5, great pressure from Gang’s Atanas “Nasko” Gizdov, in conjunction with perfect defense from Sun Jae “Phil” Song, resulted in an interception. Gang was slow to get rolling, with two of the first three passes being overthrown, and Gang captain and quarterback Rojay Wagner getting sacked on second down by Brady Murphy. When Kekambas took over, a short out to center Rory Burke set up second and 7. A slant pass to Murphy was incomplete because of great coverage from Gang’s Mike Spiro. On 3rd down, Kekambas were first to draw blood with a long bomb to Burke that resulted in a touchdown. The PAT was unsuccessful. The Gang still had trouble connecting.  Two incomplete passes and a scramble on second down for a gain of about 8 was all they could muster. In addition, Gizdov was injured on a jump ball and would sit for the remainder of the game. The Kekambas took advantage of the Gang’s slow start. Despite nearly getting picked off by Wagner on 2nd down, Murphy bombed it to Zach Sallese for a huge first down and more to put the ball on the Gang’s 3-yard line. Despite a huge sack from Ben Klein for a loss of 10, Brady connected again with Sallese in the corner for another Kekambas touchdown. The PAT shovel pass was deflected by Klein, making the score 12-0.  With 10 minutes left in the half, Gang found their groove. An out to Spiro for a gain of 13 set up a slant to Song for the first down. On 1st-and-goal, a slant to Sprio resulted in a Gang touchdown. The extra point to Klein on a quick out made the score 12-7.

The Kekambas responded quickly with a Whitney pass to Sallese on a flag route for another touchdown. The PAT was no good and Kekambas led 18-7. The Gang returned the favor with an out from Wagner to Spiro for a Gang 1st down. On 2nd, Wagner scrambled for a touchdown, and the PAT to Song was good for 1 point. This cut the lead to 18-14. With just seven seconds in the half, the Kekambas bombed it to Murphy for a touchdown. The extra point to Sallese was good and Kekambas led 25-14 at the half.

Gang started the second half with an out to Klein for gain of 10 and in incomplete pass intended for Song. On 3rd, a roughing the passer penalty breathed new life to the Gang, giving them an automatic first down. On the next play, Wagner passed to Klein behind the line of scrimmage, who looked as if he was going to pass it back to Wagner, but instead scrambled for a TD. A quick out to Klein gave the Gang another point for the PAT Kekambas gripped the 25-21 advantage.  Murphy slung the ball across his body, and Sallese made an incredible catch that was, unfortunately for the Kekambas, out of bounds. An out to Murphy and a missed tackle from Spiro resulted in another Kekambas touchdown. An unsuccessful PAT kept Kekambas up by ten points at 31-21.  

The Gang marched down the field with an out to Spiro, a slant to Klein, and an impressive double pass from Klein to Sprio which was caught but just out of bounds, leading to a turnover. Kekambas Whitney bombed it to Murphy on a fly route for another TD. Again, the PAT was no good for a 37-21 lead.  Being 16 points down, it was do-or-die for the Gang. Wagner passed back to Klein, who returned it to Wagner sprinting up the sideline uncovered, for a critical touchdown. The 2-point extra point attempt intended to Song was no good. The Gang remained down 37-27.  With 4 minutes left, Kekambas’ goal was to take time off the clock. A 3rd down scramble was stopped just short of the first by a great deflagging from Wagner. Gang got the ball back with 2:20 left and 10 points down. The double pass from Klein to Wagner was foiled this time, with Murphy picking off the pass to essentially end the game.  The Gang played great defense to prevent the Kekambas from scoring again, and Sprio intercepted the ball in the Gang’s endzone for a touchback, but it was too little, too late. Even with just 20 seconds left and down 2 scores, the Gang kept fighting. Klein went in motion and directly got the ball, and hit Spiro up the sideline for a touchdown. The PAT failed and Kekambas captured the 37-33 championship.

The Gang
Sun Jae “Phil” Song, Atanas “Nasko” Gizdov, Mike Spiro, Rojay Wagner, Ben Klein