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Legacy wins league championship game

Students achieve impressive victory

Posted: December 15, 2008 8:36 p.m.
Updated: December 16, 2008 4:30 a.m.

Carter Randolph, a sixth-grader on Legacy Christian Academy's Gold team, throws a pass to his teammate in the semi-final game against Trinity Classical Academy Nov. 19.

Students on Legacy Christian Academy's Gold flag-football team achieved an impressive victory in the Santa Clarita Valley Private School League championship game.

The Gold team beat Legacy's previously undefeated Burgandy team, 18-14, at the Santa Clarita Soccer Center on Nov. 19.

"It felt great," said sixth-grader Carter Randolph, Gold team quarterback. "I couldn't even think about it. I came right to my mom's office and I told her we won and she freaked out. We had, like, a big party."

The Gold team's victory marked an incredible achievement since the team lost most of its previous games.
"We had a bumpy start," Randolph said. "We lost to Pinecrest, lost to Trinity (Classical Academy), lost to Burgandy. We beat Pinecrest the second time around but kept on losing to Trinity. And we almost beat Burgandy (in one game). We were ahead but we lost, sadly. That was a pretty emotional game."

The Gold team also struggled with retaining players which contributed to its many losses.

"We only had six players because one of our kids got injured and another kid left the school," said Randolph. "We got our friend Nathan on the team and he's a pretty good receiver. We beat Trinity with the help of Nathan."

Sixth-grader Tommy Hart said the Gold Team's performance significantly improved during the season and the final victory made all the team's disappointments worth it.

"Every time we would get better and our practice would get better," he said.

"Because we were improving, we became a better team than everyone else. It was just amazing that we got into the Championship, and it kind of felt like we had to prove that we were good. (When we won) it was like, ‘yes, this is the whole season worth of what we've been trying to get to.'"

Hart said their victory in the semi-final game against Trinity Classical Academy set the stage for the Gold team's final victory in the championship game.

"In the semi-finals against Trinity, we were down and it was a tie game. I think we went into overtime and they scored, but they didn't get an extra point. Then we scored and for the extra point, Carter threw me the ball. They tipped it twice and I caught it for the extra point, which was awesome."

Sixth-grader Chris Catalano, played safety on the Burgandy team during the championship.

He said his team could have played better but he learned a lot though the experience.

"We won all our games coming into the Championship and we just got upset by a really OK team," he said.

"We probably should have played better defense and offense and should have caught the ball more; we missed a lot of passes. I learned you should always stay ‘home' and if someone goes long, take him."
Sixth-grader David Anderson agreed.

"I was really bummed because we were so close. I don't know what happened, our team didn't play that well," he said. "Because I was a quarterback for the (Burgandy) team, I learned to take your chances if someone's open. (Losing) taught me to keep your head up high because we had a better record then they did, even though they beat us in the championship."

Both teams agreed that playing flag football was a fun experience and their coaches played a big part in their successes.

"We would have not done it without our coach," said Randolph. "We had a great coach named Brett Rice. He did a great job. He taught me how to trick the defense, and he taught us better ways to get the ball, better routes and the best plays."

Catalano said his coach taught him to stay home on defense and run the right patterns to get wide open on offense.
"If you don't run the right routes you probably won't get the ball." he said.

The Santa Clarita Valley Private School League flag-football program consists of teams from Pinecrest, Trinity Classical Academy, and Legacy Christian Academy. Teams play seven games during the season and compete in the semi-final game to play in the championship game.


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