As the lights faded on the inaugural flag football season for the Abaco Youth Football Association (AYFA) the Green Turtle Cay Falcons proudly raised the floating trophy in victory for both the Junior and Senior Divisions as they overcame the Marsh Harbour Wildhawgs in both games on Saturday, March 22.
In the Junior Division the Falcons took the lead in the first half with defense and offense scoring on the Wildhawgs. In the second half the Wildhawgs held the Falcons to one score; however, they could not get enough scoring drives together to pull off the upset in the end as Green Turtle emerged victorious as the Junior Champions. The Falcons won 38 to 30.
In the Senior Division it was a defensive battle. The Falcons ended the first half with a one touchdown lead which was responded to by the Wildhawgs early in the second half. A late game interception gave the Falcons a scoring opportunity and they took advantage regaining a one touchdown advantage which they never gave up, holding on to win 18 to 12.
In earlier playoff action, the Marsh Harbour Wildhawgs defeated the Man-O-War Makos in both divisions. In the Junior Division the Makos held an early two touchdown lead but the Wildhawgs came on strong in the second half clinching the right to play in the Championship game on a number of interceptions. The final score was 36 – 20.
In the Senior Division the Wildhawgs dominated defensively and never let up; meanwhile the offense hit pay dirt on a number of deep passes and tallied an impressive victory winning passage to the Championship game by a score of 42 to 18.
Falcons Coach Ron Archer, who Co-Founded AYFA along with Michael Sawyer, reiterated the purpose and commitment of the league to mentor youth and to “take back the youth of The Bahamas from the evils that are impact them today.” He noted that at risk youths in The Bahamas are at critical numbers and programs such as the flag football league in Abaco, with God as the head, can make a difference in the nation.
Coach Archer said that as Abaco Youth Football looks to expand to cover more of Abaco he is also working with individuals in Nassau to start a league there and is working to see it expand to Grand Bahama, Eleuthera and beyond.
He gave thanks to all the kids and their parents for their support, all the coaches who gave their time and effort, and all the community members and businesses who donated financial and sponsored the three teams, for making the inaugural season a blessing and a success.
Coach Archer said that those who would like to assist in the league going forward, whether interested in playing, coaching, refereeing, or sponsoring can sign up through his webpage at www.ronarcher.info.