The 2012 CYO Flag Football Championships took place Sunday November 18th at Notre Dame HS in Sherman Oaks. The title game was a rematch of the 2011 Final, pitting the top two seeds, #1 Beatitudes of Our Lord and #2 Holy Family of South Pasadena. The teams split their previous two meeting this year in tournament play, so the final game was the deciding match.
Both squads are loaded with talent and were confident heading into the game. Each team traded touchdowns early on with Holy Family missing their extra point. Beatitudes had a breakaway run toward the end of the first half and was able to score prior to time expiring, making the score 14-6 at half.
The second half saw more of the same, with both sides scoring again. Beatitudes had a big stop on Holy Family inside the red zone and then got a safety on the Knights to put the game out of reach 22-12. Holy Family valiantly continued to press and scored late in the game making the final score 22-18.
The game featured excellent play and sportsmanship on both sides between these heated rivals. It is safe to assume the two teams will continue to do battle in seasons to come.
In the Third Place game, Holy Trinity (San Pedro) took on St. Jerome (Westchester), both of whom came in as Conference Champions. #3 Seed Holy Trinity played a consistent and steady game, keeping in check St. Jerome's athleticism and inspired play. In the end Holy Trinity proved to have more in their tank and claimed the consolation game 19-14.
Congratulations to all the teams who reached the Final Four.
CYO is promoting the use of Nike Spiral Tech football this season, purchased through Eastbay.
Schools can use Tachikara balls this season to include the playoffs.
Varsity/JV - Youth
B/C - Junior
Flags are ordered and will be available mid to late August. Price by manufacturer has been increased slightly.
Cost are as follows:
2011 CYO Football Rule Modification
September 16, 2011
New for 2011
A kicked ball which is possessed by the player who makes the first touch is considered live if it does not strike the ground or any other player after the touch. That player becomes a legal ball carrier and is subject to all rules governing the ball carrier. If the ball does strike the ground or another player after the touch, it is declared dead at the spot of the first touch.