MACS-2 detachments square off during Turkey Bowl

II Marine Expeditionary Force
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Date: 11.21.2013
Posted: 11.21.2013 09:33
News ID: 117147
MACS-2 detachments square off during Turkey Bowl

CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Members of Cherry Point’s Marine Air Control Squadron 2 laced up their cleats for the annual Turkey Bowl flag football tournament Friday to build camaraderie and attempt to take the crown away from the defending champions. <br /> <br /> The defending champions, the detachment C “Bogue Rats,” overcame an early loss to retain the trophy against seven other MACS-2 teams for the second consecutive year.<br /> <br /> The Rats blew out New River’s air traffic control detachment “B Team” in the final game, 39-16.<br /> <br /> The champions had their work cut out for them right out of the gate. Fumbling the opening game to B Team, the Bogue Rats had to play sound football to get back in the finals, according to Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason D. Mincolla, team captain of the Bogue Rats.<br /> <br /> “I think we were just nervous the first game,” said Mincolla. “We really pushed back those next five games, plus the fact that (B Team) suffered a key injury really improved our odds.”<br /> <br /> Each team featured of a mix of officer and enlisted players working their way through the brackets to prove which detachment was the best on the gridiron.<br /> <br /> “It was good football all day,” said Mincolla. “People really started to take it seriously the closer they got to the finals.”<br /> <br /> Beckie Kerkendies, the squadron family readiness officer said the tournament, now in its fifth year, continues to grow and improve.<br /> “The event was excellent this year,” said Kerkendies. “Everyone who came out had a great time, with a lot of awesome games.”