There was a very unusual calm in the air before the men’s championship game on Saturday.
Both teams usually engage in highly energetic antics whenever they meet, but this time at the Dart Field in Camana Bay it looked like it was all business on both sides.
The last time these two teams met the result was a triple overtime thriller that produced no winner.
The general consensus amongst all observers was that the teams were more evenly matched than any other two teams that have met in the finals before.
On this day it was the Caybrew Farm Soldiers who wanted it more and came to play. Caybrew by virtue of a 20 -13 victory are the men’s champs.
Right from the opening drive they showed they were ready to be crowned champs.
QB Luigi Moxam who when focused is one of the best athletes in the league, led Caybrew on a well planned drive mixing the balls amongst his receivers and keeping the vaunted Dog House defense guessing.
Caybrew kept to this strategy all afternoon and it proved successful. Caybrew held a 13-7 lead at the half.
The second half saw the teams exchange touchdown scores with Dog House scoring late in the second half to bring the score to 20-13.
Dog House attempted an onside kick and were probably within six inches of securing possession but the ball rolled out of bounds and Caybrew retained the ball and chose to run out the clock and earn the championship.
For the newly crowned champs Luigi Moxam led the way on the offense going 12 of 19 passing with two touchdown passes, a rushing touchdown and no interceptions.
Moxam has matured as a quarterback under the watchful eye of big brother and coach Johann Moxam, and although the two sometimes don’t see eye to eye they worked their magic this time.
Luigi seemed to be one step ahead of the defense, escaping the pressure and hooking up with his receivers and protecting the ball.
Leslie Harvey returned from school in the States to help his teammates win the title. Harvey, whose natural ability is always welcome on any team, had missed most of the second half of the season.
He is always a danger whenever he touches the ball and Saturday was no different as he hauled in a pass and then made one of the best runs ever seen in the league, evading five Dog House tacklers on his way to the end zone.
Harvey finished with four receptions on the afternoon and may have scored more but the Dog House defense chose to tackle him and take penalties to shut down his advancement.
Just having him in the line up causes defenses to adjust. Brad Conolly caught the other Caybrew scoring pass. Conolly finished with three receptions as well as seven tackles on the defensive side of the ball for the new champs.
Will Peguero had two receptions and Jeff Wight continued his steady leadership and play on the defense finishing with three tackles.
For Dog House as he has all year Johnny Mack led the way and had a decent game despite being pressured all day.
Mack finished the day 14 of 22 passing with two touchdown passes both to Joe Ferruzzi.
Drew Kozlow who has been the leading receiver all year for the Bulldogs, was kept to one reception by the Farm Soldier defense and was not a factor all game.
Phil O’Connor was kept neutralized all afternoon and was ineffective as a result.
Both Kozlow and O’Connor are a very big part of the Dog House offense and Caybrew’s success in shutting them down played a big part in the victory.
For Dog House’s defense Dillon Classens had a great game recording seven tackles while wily veteran Lief Ristimaki kept Luigi Moxam on his toes all afternoon and recorded one sack.
Both team played great games and the larger than usual crowd at the field was a testament to the gaining popularity of the sport as well as the draw these two teams have. Kudos to both sides for great seasons.