The heat wave of July has faded along with the Hmong Fourth of July tournament; however, this prompted the emergence of the mini-tournaments that’s ongoing in Minnesota. This, simultaneously, would rally domestic teams to come together and compete for supremacy once again.
As a result, flag football enthusiasts are again swarming to the fields to observe teams from around the Twin Cities and its suburbs to compete for name recognition, in addition to bragging rights.
The reminiscent of the latest champion is now put to the back-burner with the commencement of the “all Minnesota teams” competition that was held at the McDonough project field next to Mississippi Elementary School on August 2nd and 3rd.
The realization hit every team, as this contest would crown a new victor in Minnesota, after all, Lights-Out did take the national title back to California.
So, we at Hmoodle were present on both days as spectators, as well as being in attendance to report the conclusion of the contest. So, here’s a quick recap of the event.
Saturday became the elimination day for the mediocre teams in attendance to the tournament. Only the strong will survive by dominating the contest. Just as I had predicted, the last 4 teams in the semi-final were X-Conz, Mid-Coast, IDK and this year’s rookie team that took Minnesota veteran teams by storm, the Warriors.
The Semi Finals
The team Warriors is just trying to showcase themselves as a team worthy to be called adversaries for future tournaments; a team not to be taken lightly as rookies. And they’ve accomplished that.
While X-Conz marched to the semi-finals with the sole purpose of taking the title-that they had let slip away during the national tournament-to redeem themselves worthy of champions once more during their indomitable march to victory in the national 2006 tournament.
Wising up, Mid-Coast has had ample opportunities to become a contender for the top seat, but has failed on numerous attempts.
And lastly, IDK, the preliminary champs of Dakota County has been a powerhouse in mini-tournament, but has yet to hold the coveted national title during 4th of July.
Each team showed great spirits in their efforts as well as sportsmanship against their opposition, but at the end, “there can only be one.”
X-Conz made it easy eliminating IDK in the first preliminary semi-final game with a blow-out score of 4 plus touchdown, a feat that was just too overwhelming for IDK to come back due to the onslaught of offensive scores.
Because Mid-Coast breezed through their bracket securing the top seat for the finals, X-Conz had to play Warriors for the final spot against Mid-Coast. Relentless in their game plan, they battled this fierce opponent and came out winning by a marginal touchdown.
The Finals: Mid-Coast versus X-Conz
With both teams exhausted from the many games they had displayed-this was it, the finals. This is going to be their final fight for pride, for recognition and lastly, for bragging rights until the next tournament.
Mid-Coast used their four man receiver play formation and scored a touchdown in ease during the 1st half of the game. X-Conz struggled offensively plus defensively throughout the 1st half leading to scoreless half.
Late in the 2nd half, X-Conz managed to get a touchdown, but failed their conversion. While this was going on Mid-Coast was
still over by a touchdown and conversion point. Down 8 points, X-Conz rallied up with completions and runs, which led them to the red zone for a possible score that can lead to a possible conversion, consequently, hypothetically speaking, if something like this does happen the game would go to overtime.
Unfortunately, X-Conz’s quarterback under threw the ball to his receiver that caused an interception from a member of Mid-Coast and this, sealed the deal for Mid-Coast’s victory in this post-July 4th flag football tournament.
This was another quick end to a weekend of fierce competition between 16 teams in Minnesota.
We at Hmoodle would like to congratulate all the members of the team Mid-Coast, it has been long coming but well deserved.
The transformation of sport in the Hmong community has been changing over the years and someday flag football would be synonymous to its predecessor soccer. We, as the Hmong youth, have embraced this phenomenon.
To all of the teams, as well as organizers out there, don’t shy away from us because we’re always out and about. If you have an event that we don’t know about and would like a post up, please contact me at [email protected]