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OG shuts down Services in intramural football championship

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The 30th Operations Group intramural flag football team poses with the championship trophy after shutting out the 30th Force Support Squadron Services team in two games, 17-0 and 21-0. After these wins, the 30th OG's season record is 16-1. (Courtesy photo)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The 30th Operations Group intramural flag football team poses with the championship trophy after shutting out the 30th Force Support Squadron Services team in two games, 17-0 and 21-0. After these wins, the 30th OG's season record is 16-1. (Courtesy photo)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The 30th Operations Group shut out the 30th Force Support Squadron Services in two games, 17-0 and 20-0, clinching the intramural flag football title here Dec. 16.

This win brings the 30th OG's season record to 16-1, including the playoff games.

In the first match-up, the 30th OG gained momentum early as Nick Angueira ran down the sideline, outpacing the Services' cornerback and safety, to receive a 40-yard touchdown pass from Joshua Print.

That type of ambition continued through to the next game, evidenced when Print was flushed out of the pocket by Services' defensive line. Instead of throwing the ball away or being sacked, he shook the defenders and ran five yards into the end zone for the game-closing touchdown.

However, team cannot win a game on offense alone. The 30th OG defensive line continuously kept the Services' quarterback from hitting his mark and made numerous interceptions.

"The defense was so dominating that the (Services) receiver walking back to the huddle at the end of the second game after getting the ball knocked out of his hands in the end zone looked over to me on the sideline and said, 'Ya'll have the best defense I've ever seen!'" said Lt. Col. David Miller, the 2nd Range Operations Squadron commander.

"We expected a close game and maybe overtime, but never expected to completely dominate all aspects of that game," said Markell Jones, the 30th OG's coach. "It felt very good for our team to win by two shutouts because in the first game, we were the underdogs and some members of the (Services) team stated they would blow us out by halftime."

Coach Jones will not have a chance for a repeat season next year as he is leaving Vandenberg for Los Angeles AFB, Calif., but he expects good things of co-coach Ronell Wilkins and the team.

"With the many of the same people on the team, I expect the determination and intensity that we showed all season will carry over to next year," Coach Jones said. "They will be ready to defend our title and keep where it belongs: in the OG."