Huntington Beach Friday Night Lights Flag Football League wrapped up its inaugural season Friday with championship-game action at Marina High in four divisions.
Teams had to win three games Friday in order to win their division title.
In the 5th/6th grade division, the Packers claimed the championship after a two-point pass attempt by the Chiefs fell incomplete with no time remaining in a 19-18 final.
The Chiefs, the No. 8-seed in the division and coached by Rick Brand, scored on a screen pass as time expired to pull to within a point of the Packers. Instead of playing for the tie, they attempted a two-point pass (from the 12-yard line) for the win. The Packers, who entered the postseason with a No. 3-seed and are coached by
The title game pitted the Packers' top-ranked defense against a Chiefs team that was averaging more than 30 points per game.
The Chiefs scored the game's first touchdown for a 6-0 lead, but the Packers got their rushing game, led early by back Cody Pokorny, going and scored consecutive touchdowns to take the lead. The Packers converted the game's only point-after conversion (from the five-yard line) on a bootleg pass from Cade Smith to Jon Oatis following one of the scores to take a 13-6 lead.
After the Packers pulled to within, 13-12, Connor Aoki hit Smith with a scoring pass that turned out to be the clinching touchdown.
The Packers defense, which got strong performances from linebackers Nick Fuji and Mike Magula and rushing touchdowns from Jack Morrell and Austin Heberden, shut out both the Cardinals and
The Chiefs, who had reached the championship game by eliminating the
In the 1st/2nd grade division, the No. 2-seed Vikings, coached by Tim Rosenkranz, beat the top-seed
In the 3rd/4th grade division, top-seed
In the 7th/8th grade division, Coach Mark Fullbright's No. 3-seed Texas team got past top-seed Ohio St., coached by Brek Jacobsen, 13-7.