Pound Town puts hammer down on Maintenance Group

Senior Airman John Hunt, receiver for 647th Security Forces Squadron Pound Town, makes a leaping, two-handed catch for a touchdown in the team’s 37-9 victory over 15th Maintenance Group (15 MXG) in an American Division intramural flag football game at Ward Field, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Story and photo by Randy Dela Cruz

Sports Editor

The 647th Security Forces Squadron Pound Town intramural flag football team scored 23 points in the second half to blast past the 15th Maintenance Group (15 MXG), 37-9, Nov. 19 in an American Division matchup at Ward Field, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Clinging to a 7-0 lead midway through the first half, Pound Town, spurred by a pick-six from defensive back Airman 1st Class Cory Parter, scored the next two touchdowns to take a 20-0 advantage before closing out the game for their 10th victory of the season against only one loss.

The defeat for MXG may have devastating consequences, as the team entered the showdown with a record of 8-6 and was just outside of the sweet-six teams that will qualify for the upcoming playoffs.

For Pound Town, with only two games remaining on their schedule and already locked in to the postseason, quarterback Airman 1st Class Tweeter Riddle said that the team needs to keep on winning in order to main-

tain momentum heading into the playoffs.

“Looking to the postseason, we just got to go out there and keep on beating everybody,” he said. “Everybody is out there to get us because there still [are] spots remaining for the playoffs, so everybody is head hunting us.”

In a tight game against the MXG, Parter doubled Pound Town’s lead by picking off a pass and streaking down the left sideline for a touchdown.

“I watch the middle – that’s my zone – and he threw it right to me,” Parter said. “I knew I was going to take it to the house.”

Although it only increased Pound Town’s lead to 14-0, the play definitely put momentum squarely into the hands of the team’s players.

“That was a huge turning point,” Riddle acknowledged. “He (Parter) is good at picking the ball up. Our defense is our big weapon. Our offense is going to put points on the board, but our defense gives us the ball back to get points on the board.”

Picking up right where it left off in the first half, Pound Town emerged from intermission and marched 65 yards on only five plays to score their third touchdown of the game.

The final 38 yards came on a bomb from Riddle to Senior Airman John Hunt, who leaped up and outreached the MXG defender in the end zone for six and a 20-0 lead.

The MXG interrupted Pound Town’s march by coming back on a 65-yard, catch-and-run touchdown from quarterback Staff Sgt. Jonathan Jenkins to Senior Airman John Barlow.

However, Pound Town wouldn’t be denied as the team answered the score on an impressive 65-yard, three-play drive to pay dirt that ended on a bomb from Riddle to Airman 1st Class Charlton Burton, which was the receiver’s second touch-down reception of the game.

In gaining the win, Riddle was excellent in reading the field and spreading the ball around to a multitude of receivers that also included Airman 1st Class Jordan Arredondo.

Riddle explained that he entered the matchup with a simple game plan and, with the help of his teammates, ran it to perfection.

“What we like to do is throw a lot of short routes,” he said. “It draws the defense in, and then we go for the long ball.”

As the team finishes off the regular season, Riddle said that he likes the way the team is coming together just in time for the postseason,

“Right now, we’re pretty solid,” he noted. “We’ve pretty much got our offense and defense starting lineups set.”

Riddle admits that defense will be the key to the team’s playoff run and Parter said he is looking forward to the challenge.

“I don’t think there is any pressure on us,” he said. “We’re confident. We know what to do and we’re going to be there.”

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