Playoffs Set to Begin in Intramural Football

Despite a lack of cooperation from the weather on Monday, the Intramural Flag Football regular season came to a chaotic close this past week. Many of teams played as well as they could to secure a spot in next week’s playoffs.

The league that suffered the most from Monday’s rainout was League A. Most games scheduled for that day were cancelled because of the time constraints involved in field time and game slots. The one game critical to the playoffs, Cobra Chi A versus Theta Chi, will be made up this afternoon with the loser being knocked out of the playoff race.

On Tuesday, Phi Kappa Tau finished a perfect regular season through a nail-biting 17-16 defeat over Delta Upsilon. With the win, Phi Tau secured the top seed in the Division I Tournament, which is set to begin on Monday. Additionally, Beta Theta Pi knocked off the Brothers by a 28-20 margin to secure second place in the league.

The final standings in League A consist of Phi Tau at 4-0, Beta at 3-1, DU at 2-2, and the Brothers at 0-4, with Cobra Chi A and Theta Chi, each 1-2 as of Thursday, to be determined.

League B’s season also ended this week with a number of heartbreaking losses. Two games on Tuesday were determined by two-point conversions. The Donkey Ranch took over first place in League B due to a failed late-game conversion attempt by Phi Delta Theta, which resulted in a 42-41 score. Simultaneously, across Whitnall Field, the Yo Mets successfully mounted a fifteen-point second half comeback, highlighted by a last-minute two-point conversion that gave them their first victory of the season over the Diabeatings by a 35-34 margin.

The Diabeatings were knocked out of playoff contention on Wednesday, losing short-handedly to Phi Delt 37-28. The Yo Mets continued their late-season success by defeating the ANL Round R’s 27-14.

Despite an early season loss to the Diabeatings, the Donkey Ranch took the League B crown with a 3-1 record, followed by Phi Delt (3-1), the Yo Mets (2-2), ANL Round R’s (1-3) and the Diabeatings (1-3).

There is little news to report out of League C and D since their games were scheduled later in the week.

Last Thursday, 1149 moved out of the basement of League C with a victory over an experienced Bishop Don squad. Compounding that victory with a 42-14 win over High Octane 151, 1149 moved to second in the League C standings at 2-1 thanks to a forfeit by the Great Colgate Ballers to the Pig Slammers.

Last Thursday also saw two key games determine the League C seedings for the playoffs. As for the odd man out, that title goes to Bishop Don, which headed into Thursday at 0-3 in the league and will miss the playoffs.

League D saw Link 148 get its first win of the season over the short-handed Stifflers last Thursday, highlighted by a five-touchdown performance by quarterback Jason Kaplan.

Coming into the action late Thursday, the Hard Hats still stood in first place in the league at 2-0. All the teams in the league were still alive for a playoff spot coming into the end of the week, with Curtis A at 1-0-1, Link 148 at 1-1, Curtis 2L at 0-1 and the Stifflers at 0-2-1.

With both Leagues A and B set to begin the Division I Playoffs and Leagues C and D set to begin the Division II Playoffs on Monday, this is shaping up to be one of the most unpredictable and exciting football postseasons yet for the intramural program.

After looking at the brackets, experts see DU taking the championship over a surprising Donkey Ranch in Division I, while Division II has all the makings of a Great Colgate Ballers championship victory over any team in its path.