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U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

In Any Clime and Place

Hustlers exact revenge with championship victory over SOCPAC

By Cpl. R. Drew Hendricks | | January 10, 2008

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Paul Bowman, Hustlers safety, runs back an interception during the intramural flag football championship game on Bordelon Field Jan. 10. The Hustlers won the game 15-6.

Paul Bowman, Hustlers safety, runs back an interception during the intramural flag football championship game on Bordelon Field Jan. 10. The Hustlers won the game 15-6. (Photo by Sgt. Scott Whittington)


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Mitchell Oshkeshequoam, Hustlers wide reciever, jets past a SOCPAC defender to pick up the first down. The Hustlers won the intramural flag football championship 15-6 at Bordelon Field, Jan. 10.

Mitchell Oshkeshequoam, Hustlers wide reciever, jets past a SOCPAC defender to pick up the first down. The Hustlers won the intramural flag football championship 15-6 at Bordelon Field, Jan. 10. (Photo by Sgt. Scott Whittington)


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Eric Henzler, Hustler linebacker, snaps the flag off a SOCPAC receiver during the intramural flag footbal championship game at Bordelon Field Jan. 10. The 2008 leauge is scheduled to begin October 21 and is seeking out additional teams.

Eric Henzler, Hustler linebacker, snaps the flag off a SOCPAC receiver during the intramural flag footbal championship game at Bordelon Field Jan. 10. The 2008 leauge is scheduled to begin October 21 and is seeking out additional teams. (Photo by Sgt. Scott Whittington)


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MARINE CORPS BASE, CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii -- The Hustlers earned victory, revenge and a championship trophy by beating their rival SOCPAC in the Camp Smith Intramural Flag-Football Championship 15-6 here today.

  Both teams had been waiting and preparing for this rematch after SOCPAC handed the Hustlers their only loss early in the regular season.

  This victory gave the Hustlers a 6-1 record for the season ending it on a high note.

  “We took home the trophy – if that tells you anything,” said Paul Bowman, Hustlers’ wide receiver, when asked how he thought the game went.

  SOCPAC didn’t just hand the win over to the Hustlers. They made them work for it.

  Good coverage by their secondary kept the usually high-scoring Hustlers’ game down to a minimum. It was secondary player Van Woodruff’s key interception and subsequent touchdown that kept SOCPAC from being shut out.

  Ultimately the Hustlers’ offensive superiority could not be completely stopped. Eric Henzler, Hustlers’ go-to wide receiver had a great game with several 30-40-yard kick returns and the first touchdown of the game. Anthony Taylor, Hustlers’ running back, put up six points after a blazing run to the corner of the end zone.

  An error by SOCPAC’s offense also helped bolster the Hustlers’ score by two points. Only a few yards from their goal line, a botched snap ended up in the end zone, resulting in a safety. Unlike normal football, the rules of this flag-football league state that when a ball is fumbled it is a dead ball on the spot it is dropped.

  In the final minutes of the game, the Hustlers’ offense began to wane and SOCPAC was quick to take advantage. Their defense pressed hard and was able to hold the Hustlers. Their offense pressed even harder and began to push down field with short but effective passes. In the end, the Hustlers’ defense would only bend – not break.

  Bowman brought down an interception, putting the ball back in the Hustlers’ hands, who then bled the clock for time, ending and winning the game.

  A lack of interest prevented a flag-football league from starting in four years here. Now the Hustlers will go down in the books as the resurrected league’s first champion.