Students were on the edge of their seats on October 28, half-expecting an email from Coach Walker signaling the cancelation of the men’s A league flag football finals due to stormy weather. But, the email never came; the game was on.
It would be a different type of storm that hit the football fields that night.
2% asserted their dominance in the men’s A league flag football championship against Team Name. After an early turnover on downs and a Team Name touchdown to open the first half, 2% bounced back with 19 unanswered points, winning the championship 19-7.
Senior business management major and captain of 2% Derek Schroer played quarterback for most of the game, finishing the night with three touchdowns to his name.
“We wanted to come out here tonight and kiss the baby on the season,” Schroer said in a subtle nod to former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson, who famously coined the phrase.
The one glimmer of hope that held Team Name together at the end of the second half came to an abrupt end when Schroer leaped into the air to intercept a deep shot from quarterback Noah Allen, a sophomore business administration major.
2%’s cherry on top came late in the second half as Schoer connected with junior religious education major Tyler States, one of his favorite targets this season, for a game-clinching touchdown.
Senior junior business administration major Davy Ondrejka, who played wide receiver and stepped in as a quarterback a few times during the game, said the key to 2%’s success — and the highlight of the season — was the bond between the players.
“Everyone on the team is close,” Ondrejka said. “We’re all friends, and we’ve been playing together for a long time. It was pretty rewarding getting to play with guys that I’ve known for ten years plus.”
Schroer echoed these thoughts, adding, “We knew it was going to be extremely hard to win this year. … But, as they say, ‘The milk rises to the top.’”