554th Engr. Bn. wins Conference A, seeking 4th championship; 50th Engr. Co. wins Conference B with perfect 7-0 season record
The 2020 intramural flag-football season is now complete, and teams have turned their attention to the 2020 Commander’s Cup Flag Football Tournament.
In the final regular-season standings, the 554th Engineer Battalion finished in first place in Conference A with a 5-1 season record, while the 50th Engineer Company went undefeated in Conference B to claim first place with a record of 7-0.
“We work really well together,” said Guadalupe Perez, 50th Engr. Co. tight end, when asked what factors he felt pushed his team toward success.
In addition to having a lot of talent on the team, Perez said the 50th Engr. Co. players also share an unselfish attitude, which creates multiple threats on the field for opposing teams. The team is now laser focused on taking home the Commander’s Cup trophy.
“Our number-one goal — for everyone — is to win the Commander’s Cup,” Perez said. “We realize we can’t rely on one person to do all the work — (it) takes everyone, so we play good team ball. We don’t just have one person that the defense or offense can key, because we are pretty solid all around. We support each other.”
But the 554th Engr. Bn. players are also intent on taking home the first-place trophy — just like they’ve done the past three years.
“We are going to win four years in a row,” said wide receiver Demetrius Smedley, who has played on all three of his unit’s past championship teams.
This year’s road to success has held some challenges for the 554th Engr. Bn., which had to rebuild after several starters PCS’d following last year’s championship. Those initial rough patches were quickly ironed out, however.
“Our defense is our strong point, so we focused more on that and communicating on the field,” Smedley said.
Smedley said preparing for a fourth Commander’s Cup tournament isn’t any different than preparing for a regular-season game.
“We take every game a week at a time,” he added. “We don’t really focus on the opposing team. We just play our game.”
The sixth and final week of the season took place Oct. 8 and 9 on Fort Leonard Wood’s Fields 1 and 2.
In the lone Conference A game Oct. 8, the 58th Transportation Battalion beat the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate 28-22.
In the Conference B game Oct. 8, the 14th Military Police Brigade edged out the 515th Sapper Company 19-18 to take second place in the final conference standings.
In the final Conference A game Oct. 9, the fifth-ranked 2nd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment, pulled off a 26-12 upset win over the second-ranked 35th Engineer Battalion.
In Conference B games Oct. 9, the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence fell to the 515th Sapper Company 12-6 in the early game; the 31st Engineer Battalion defeated the Medical Department Activity 14-6, and MSCoE bounced back to earn a 35-12 win over the 169th Engineer Battalion in the late game.
Following the 554th Engr. Bn. in the Conference A final standings, the 35th Engr. Bn. (4-2) finished in second place, followed by the 58th Trans. Bn. (4-2) in third place. The 2-10th Inf. Bn. (3-3) finished in fourth place, followed by the U.S. Marine Corps Det. (3-3) in fifth place, the 3rd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment (1-5) in sixth place and OSJA (1-5) in seventh place.
Following the 50th Engr. Co. in the final standings of Conference B, the 515th Sapper Co. (5-2) finished in second place; MSCoE (4-3) finished in third place, and the 14th MP Bde. (4-3) took fourth place. Rounding out the Conference B standings were the 31st Engr. Bn. (3-4) in fifth place, MEDDAC (2-5) in sixth place and the 169th Engr. Bn. (1-6) in seventh place.
The double-elimination 2020 Commander’s Cup Flag Football Tournament kicked off Tuesday. The tournament is scheduled to conclude with the championship game tonight at 6 p.m. on Field 2.