12/13/2013 8:13:00 AM Blythe Rec Flag Football 'B' Division wins SCMAF Championship
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SCMAF Champions, pictured: back row, left to right - coaches, Richard Johnson, Brian Johnson, Justin Rayner; middle row - Tommy Johnson, Blake Phipps, Daniel Juarez, Chase Schriner, Martin Ramos, Jakob Peters, Jaden Cruz, Joel Rayner; front row - Brian Johnson, D’Angelo Medrano, Michael Sanchez, Josiah Edwards, and Cameron Mack.
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Joe Wine Blythe Recreation Department "B" Division Flag Football traveled to Carson, Calif. Dec. 7 and 8 to compete in the Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation (SCMAF) championships and finished in the number one spot.
With 17 teams from central and southern California regions, Blythe went undefeated through four games.
According to coaches, the road to the championship was tough as the met up with Newport Beach, besting them 33-6, and shutting out Oxnard, 14-0, which put them in the championship round on Saturday.
The future Jackets dispatched Azusa Sunday morning, sending the Pacific coast team home after a 22-0 loss. That game put them in the championship game against Pasadena. Onlookers said the game lived up to its expectations as both teams began the fourth quarter scoreless.
Pasadena scored first in the fourth, but Blythe tied up the game with 1:12 left to play in regulation. Blythe's defense and punishing blocking was too much for Pasadena in overtime, as the locals came away with the victory and championship.
Opening holes and giving the quarterback plenty of time to pass on the line were Joel Rayner, Martin Ramos, Jakob Peters, and Jayden Cruz. Running the offense at quarterback were Blake Phipps and Chase Schriner. The receiving core consisted of Daniel Juarez, D'Angelo Medrano, Mikey Sanchez, and Josiah (Jo Jo) Edwards. The running backs for Blythe were Cameron Mack, Chase Schriner, Brian Johnson, and Tommy Johnson.
The coaching staff credits the team's "stingy defense and solid blocking" as the keys to bringing home the championship title.
"The 17 team field was one of the strongest they have seen," said Coach Richard Johnson. "The kids should be very proud of this accomplishment"