MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – After falling two yards short of scoring the game winning touchdown at last year’s championship game, the 1st Marine Logistics Group football team, the Beast, was hungry for the gold this season.
By winning their way through the playoffs to this year’s championship game and defeating the 3rd Tracks Gators 13-0 at 14 Area football field here, Nov. 30, the dream came true for the Beast. They are the 2010 Camp Pendleton Football League Champion.
“We came here to play some football, so forget about everything else. Focus on your goal, your dream and let’s go out there and show them who we are,” said Marvin Hill, head coach for the Beast. “We worked hard to get here, so play like a champ and bring home the championship.”
Stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Hill returns to 1st MLG every week to coach the team. He is dedicated and determined to lead the Beast to a championship, and he has done just that.
With Hill’s assistance, the Beast dominated the first quarter of the game as they continued pushing the Gators deeper into their own half of the field. Running a ‘quarterback sneak’ early in the second quarter, Nicolas Whitman, QB for the Beast, surprised the opposing team and scored the first touchdown of the game. The Gators blocked the extra point attempt, keeping the score at 6-0.
Knowing it was crucial for the defense to hold, the Beast did not allow the Gators to get inside the end zone. Despite the Gators’ efforts of trying to score, even with a big gain of 40 yards on a punt return, the half ended with neither team having a decisive advantage, the score 6-0.
As the third quarter kicked off, the Beast continued to show their defensive might. They continued to keep the Gators off of the score board by preventing big plays, stopping the Gators on fourth down, forcing them to punt the ball and intercepting two of the Gators’ passes. The Gators’ defense was also able to keep the Beast on their half of the field for most of third quarter.
The momentum of the quarter changed when Joel Mariscal, linebacker for 1st MLG, intercepted the ball and regained possession for the Beast. The shift of momentum caught the Gators by surprise and the Beast used it against them. Making a bold move, Whitman stayed inside the pocket, despite a storm of red jerseys rushed at him, and completed a 30-yard pass to Jarvis Foster, a wide receiver for the Beast, gaining a first down. With 28 seconds left of the quarter, Foster caught the ball inside the Gators’ end zone for a touchdown, increasing the lead for the Beast. Christian Proud, the Beast kicker, succeeded on the extra point attempt, making it 13-0.
With a quarter left to go before they could be crowned champion, the Beast did not drop their guard. They tightened up the defense and pushed the Gators back near their end zone.
As hard as the Gators tried to advance, the Beast’s end zone seemed out of reach. The harder they pushed, the more the Beast retaliated. The 1st MLG Beast was determined to shut out the Gators and win the championship. They did everything they could to prevent 3rd Tracks from scoring.
After stopping the Gators on fourth down, the Beast regained possession, ran out the clock and claimed their place as champions.
“Congratulations on the win gentlemen. Great game, you guys have done a tremendous job out there,” said Col. John Schultz, commander of 1st MLG. “You performed your duty as a Marine during the day, practiced and played at night. You’ve definitely showed your dedication to what you do out there. General Hudson [commanding general of 1st MLG] couldn’t be here tonight but I’m sure he would have been proud of what you’ve accomplished. Keep up the good work warriors.”
As champion of the 2010 CPFL, the Beast will face the champion of Twentynine Palms here, Dec. 11, to claim the title ‘Best of the West.’ The 1st MLG Beast has another objective to work toward during this season as a team.
“No one can come in our house and try to take what is rightfully ours,” said Hill. “Come Dec. 11, we’re going to show Twentynine Palms the reason why they call us the Beast.”