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Great Neck Team Wins Flag Football Championship

On Sunday, Nov. 20, a team of Great Neck boys ages 15-17 captured the DePhillips Athletic Club (DAC) Senior Division Flag Football Championship. In a closely contested game which came down to the last play in overtime Great Neck won 28-27. Great Neck came out strong on defense with an interception by Brian Dieber to set up the first score of the game. The team from Bayside scored on their next drive, but missed the extra point making it 7-6. The Bayside team sacked Sam Weinbaum for a safety to take a 8-6 lead, but Ross Crames then picked off the Bayside QB. Great Neck, with Jeffrey Gordon handling the ball under center, marched down the field, and Jack Kimmel, on an option play, scampered for a 45-yard touchdown run to make it 14-6. After unsuccessful drives by both teams, Bayside got the ball back, and Michael Sitzer intercepted a pass and ran it in for a TD to make it 21-8. The second half both teams turned up the defense with strong play by Jared Weinbaum, Ross Crames and Alex Gonzales. However, with 5 minutes left Bayside scored to make the score 21-14, got the ball back, and with 1:30 left on the clock marched down field and tied the game with 14 seconds left.

Great Neck won the coin toss in overtime and decided to defer the ball to Bayside. Flag overtime rules are similar to College. Bayside, on the first play from midfield, scored on a deep pass, but Great Neck stopped the extra point with a “5 across” defense. Now trailing 27-21, Great Neck got the ball at midfield and, with only 2 downs left to score after a bad snap on first down, and the Bayside team playing prevent defense all looked hopeless. But on 2nd down Sam Weinbaum with a rusher in his face threw a strike to Brian Dieber between three defenders for the game-tying touchdown! Mike Sitzer scored on the extra point and the celebration was on.