H&HS keeps hold of Fall Classic trophy

Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
Courtesy Story

Date: 09.23.2013
Posted: 09.29.2013 21:36
News ID: 114453
H&HS keeps hold of Fall Classic trophy

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan - Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron won the flag football Fall Classic against Marine Aircraft Group 12 at Penny Lake fields aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Sept. 20, 2013.<br /> <br /> The Fall Classic is an annual tournament between H&HS and MAG-12 that serves as an introduction into the flag football season that began Sept. 23.<br /> <br /> The score at the end of the game was 35-28, with H&HS bringing home the trophy for a third consecutive year. MAG-12 may have lost but they gave H&HS a run for their money. With H&HS leading 14-0 at the end of the first half, MAG-12 came back in the second, scoring four touchdowns, but could not take the trophy from H&HS’ grasp.<br /> <br /> “I think we won due to our hard work and dedication,” said Sgt. Otniel Abreu, H&HS air traffic controller and quarterback. “MAG-12 worked hard as well, but we were just better on the field.”<br /> <br /> This is the second year that Otniel has played in the Fall Classic and he believes events such as this raise morale within the units.<br /> <br /> “It’s extremely stressful being overseas, away from friends and family, so it gives us a chance to de-stress and build unit camaraderie,” said Abreu.<br /> <br /> Sgt. Daniel Clary, Marine Aviation Logisticsm Squadron 12 aviation supply specialist and wide receiver, joined the game for the first time and was not disappointed.<br /> <br /> “Getting everyone together to play was really fun,” said Clary. “I like it. I’ll be here next year.”<br /> <br /> At the end of the game, Lance Cpl. Jariod Melton, H&HS administrative specialist and runningback, carried the ball down the field to score the winning touchdown for H&HS.<br /> <br /> “I didn’t win the game, the team won the game,” said Melton. “I only scored one touchdown.”<br /> <br /> With one touchdown and a few interceptions under his belt, Melton said the defense is the reason H&HS ended up winning the game.<br /> <br /> “Everybody is a (most valuable player),” said Melton. “MVP means most valuable people in this game.”<br /> <br /> Although MAG-12 lost the trophy to H&HS for another year, their spirits are not defeated.<br /> <br /> “We’ll get them next year,” said Clary.