RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas –
Although the Air Force Personnel Center's intramural football team held the lead during their game Tuesday, the Air Education and Training Command command support staff team wasn't going to let them think they could get comfortable.
Their 3-1 record allowed the AFPC team to enter the game confident and ready to "continue to get better and play consistently," Jimmy Jones, AFPC head coach, said. "I challenged the team to unify if we were going to defend our championship title. We have to be 'one' on the same page."
With a 13-6 lead early in the game, AFPC had already lit up the scoreboard with touchdowns. But for the rest of the half, each team answered touchdown for touchdown.
Although AFPC got the upper hand early in the second half at 27-13, AETC CSS was determined to close the gap.
After slowing his run from thinking his flag had been pulled, Brandon Coleman was quickly informed by his teammates that he needed to "keep going!" The shouts from the sidelines fueled his determination to make it to the end zone. The score closed to 27-19.
With a few minutes of play left, a comeback seemed within reach.
But not for long.
AETC allowed AFPC team member, Ty Lundy, to pick off a turnover that would wind down the remainder of the game. Although fruitless in their efforts to enlarge the score gap, AFPC remained ahead and closed the game 27-19.
Winless this season, team coach Gaebriel Hernandez said the AETC CSS team is determined to work on their "defensive strategy" in preparation for their next game against the 12th Security Forces Squadron team Jan. 8.
AFPC will also play Jan. 8 against the 12th Flying Training Wing.