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Knights outlast Rebels to Win the Labor Day Flag Football Tournament

Julio Hodge making moves against Leatherbacks. (Photo by Mark J Daniel)

It was a long and grueling weekend for the four teams playing in the Labor Day Flag Football Tournament presented by Excalibur on Ivanna Eudora Kean High School field on St. Thomas.

Team picture of the Rebels at the Labor Day Flag Football Tournament. (Submitted Photo)

The tournament featured two teams from St. Thomas, Rebels, and Contra and two teams from St. Croix, Knightz, and Leatherback. The action started on Friday evening, with Rebels just getting by Contra 6-0. In the nightcap, the Knightz marched all over Leatherback, beating them 34-0. Saturday morning started with another defensive struggle as the Rebels squeaked past the Knightz 6-0. Leatherback earned their only win of the event, taking care of Contra 18-0.

Team picture of Leatherbacks at the Labor Day Flag Football Tournament. (Submitted Photo)

The teams got 30 minutes to rest before resuming play. The Knightz offense found new life as they defeated Contra 18-0, earning them a spot in the championship game. In the final game of pool play, the Rebels maintained their unblemished record beating Leatherback 18-6. The win made Rebels the top seed going into the final game of the tournament.

Knights winners of the Flag Football Tournament (Submitted Photo)

The championship game was an offensive showcase as both teams traded touchdowns for almost the entire game. However, the Knightz dug deep and made a stand taming the Rebels on their final drive of the game. The Crucian team held on to win by the score of 18-14 to claim the tournament title. Colin Stevens of the Knightz was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. The Rebels finished second. The Rebel’s Julio Hodge won the Excalibur Award, which was given to the top offensive player. The top defensive player, The Bunny Award, went to Rasheed Knight of the Knightz.

Championship Belt; Julio Hodge (Rebels) Excalibur Award; Rasheed Knight (Knights) Bunny Award; Steve Lewis (Rebels) 2nd Place Trophy (Submitted Photo)

Kevin Dowdy was the organizer of this event. He is planning to hold the next tournament in St. Croix on November 25-27, 2022. Teams from St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John, and Tortola will be invited to participate.

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