By Jeremy McDonald
SPRINGFIELD, Ore.– A quick three-point interception and a touchdown pass had put the seventh-, eighth-grade Island Boy Club squad the IBC Elite led 10-0 in the 14U Championship bout of the MVP 7-on-7 Turkey Bowl Tournament Saturday afternoon.
Two days after the Thanksgiving holiday, ten teams met at the Hamlin Sports Complex in Springfield for some football fun. The sun came out, feeling like a late October day if anything.
However, the ten-point lead built from the start following the Chase Dominquez-Tyler McNally connection quickly was reduced to a three-point game, 10-7. But the IBC Elite squad was driven from the last time the two teams met, pushing their lead to 17-7.
“They beat us last tournament to kick us out of the playoffs. We were upset, so we thought we would come back and take it from them (this time around),” said Tristan McGann.
A little less than seven minutes remained. The MVP team in front of them responded once more against the IBC defense. Fatigue was there, but the passion stayed. Dominguez found McGann to essentially iced the 24-14 victory to cap off the Turkey Bowl 14U win in Eugene.
“It was a lot of pressure on my shoulders (but) it was a great feeling because we lost to them and we had to get back,” Dominguez said. “It’s really fun.”
In the game before the 15U/Freshman level Championship game, the IBC’s ’99 Problemz’ squad too had to be clutch down the stretch in their 21-7 victory. Winner of this particular game had a chance to join in the ‘Varsity’-level bracket as the eighth-seed to round out the bracket.
Hanging onto a 14-7 lead with three-and-a-half-minutes left in the game, McKay freshman Kyrin Fuimaono led the Freshman-based squad down to the field and iced the victory with a touchdown strike to South Salem’s Justice Anthony to insure the victory in their favor.
“We did amazingly and we came out with a dub, so I’m happy with that. We played every position better I felt like, we executed better,” said Fuimaono. “I’m hoping we contend with the High School, but I’m just happy with the trophy we got right now.”
The 99 Problemz squad fell in a tough 24-7 to the MVP Red squad in the High School Quarterfinal round. The Island Boy Camp’s GymClub reached the tournament Semi-Final round before falling to the B12P 21-7, the B12P squad went on to win the bracket 28-21 over MVP Red.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald