Shaw crowns flag football champions

Members of the U.S. Air Forces Central (AFCENT) flag football team surround their trophy at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. Dec.1, 2017.

Members of the U.S. Air Forces Central (AFCENT) flag football team surround their trophy at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. Dec.1, 2017. The AFCENT flag football team won the Shaw intramural flag football championship with a victory over the 20th Logistics Squadron flag football team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Benjamin Ingold)

Members of the 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) flag football team stand together at the Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 1, 2017.

Members of the 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) flag football team stand together at the Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 1, 2017. The 20th Force Support Squadron hosts an annual intramural football league for Team Shaw every fall season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Benjamin Ingold)

The 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) team quarterback throws a pass at the Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., football field, Dec. 1, 2017.

The 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) team quarterback throws a pass at the Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., football field, Dec. 1, 2017. The 20th LRS team threw a total of four interceptions over the course of the night. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Benjamin Ingold)

The U.S. Air Forces Central (AFCENT) flag football team’s offense runs a play against the 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) defense at the Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 1, 2017.

The U.S. Air Forces Central (AFCENT) flag football team’s offense runs a play against the 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) defense at the Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 1, 2017. The AFCENT team’s offense proved effective, outscoring the 20th LRS team 36-6 over the course of two games. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Benjamin Ingold)

The 2017 Shaw intramural flag football season ended Dec. 1, with the U.S. Air Forces Central (AFCENT) team defeating the 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron team in consecutive games.

The 2017 Shaw intramural flag football season ended Dec. 1, with the U.S. Air Forces Central (AFCENT) team defeating the 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron team in consecutive games. The AFCENT team advanced through the lower bracket of the tournament, facing elimination every game, to take the championship. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Benjamin Ingold)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. – A faint buzzing emits from the lights over the football field at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. Players and spectators wearing warm sweaters, ABU’s and athletic apparel filter to the side of the field for the final night of the Shaw flag football season, Dec. 1.

The Shaw intramural football championship ended with the U.S. Air Forces Central flag football team defeating the 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron flag football team.

The AFCENT team, starting in the lower bracket, had to defeat the 20th LRS team twice.

The first game ended with the AFCENT team winning 18-6 over the LRS team. The second game was a one-sided match-up with team AFCENT taking the victory 18-0, securing the Shaw intramural football championship trophy.

At the end of the match, Maj. Darryl Hebert, 20th Force Support Squadron commander, presented the AFCENT team with a trophy to share at their squadron.

“Congratulations to both of the teams on their seasons,” said Maj. Darryl Hebert, 20th FSS commander. “And thank you to the support staff that made this possible.”

The 20th FSS hosts the intramural flag football season every year as a way to boost morale and encourage friendly squadron competition. The league is staffed by volunteers serving in roles such as timekeeper, referee, and line judge.

“I really enjoy football in general,” said Staff Sgt. Kody Latham, 20th FSS food service shift leader and intramural flag football referee. “The fitness center did a good job spinning people up on rules and got people to fill the roles quickly.”

This season was possible because of squadron players, volunteer support staff and fans cheering on their players. The Shaw intramural football season will begin again in the fall of 2018, and AFCENT will have a title to defend.