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Posted: November 17, 2017 9:49 a.m.
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Hunter’s Co E, 2-3 Aviation defeats Stewart’s 530 Engineers


Co. E, 2-3 Avn displays their trophy after earning their fourth consecutive Installation Intramural Flagfootball Championship; following their defeat of Fort Stewart's champion's the 530th Engineers, Nov. 8.

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 “This team is an absolute dynasty,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Levander Wilkerson of the intramural flag football team from Company E, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment following their fourth consecutive win over their Fort Stewart opponent at Hunter Army Airfield’s Squires Sports Complex Nov. 8.

The challenge game is played annually following the completion of the flag football season and tournament at each installation.  The contest features the winners of each tournament to determine bragging rights.

“Because of Soldier turnover, it is rare for a team win three years in a row, as 2-3 Aviation did last year,” Wilkerson said, following the 2-3 Aviation win 44-29.  “For a team to win four years in a row is simply astounding.”

Unlike past years, when Echo Company, known as the Eagles, dominated the competition, this year’s squad finished the regular season in fourth place, at 8-4.  During the double-elimination tournament, the Eagles suffered a loss in the second game.  They showed their resolve by winning three games in the loser’s bracket to stay alive and earn a place in the championship game.  With their backs against the wall, they would have to beat the team from the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) twice to win their fourth consecutive championship.   And they did, including a narrow 14-13 triumph in game two.

The 2-3 Aviation Eagles would get home field advantage against Fort Stewart’s champs, a talented team from the 530rd Engineer Battalion.

The Eagles’ offense didn’t waste any time as Mario Holly, their duel-threat quarterback put 19 points on the scoreboard.  The Engineers scored right before the half to draw within 12 points, 19-7.

The Engineers regrouped at halftime and closed the delta to four points, 25-21 with three minutes remaining in the game.  However, a Holly touchdown pass, his third of the game and a 60-yard  interception return for a touchdown by Thanos Hartley clinched the game for the Eagles.

“This is something the guys worked hard for,” said Capt. Chris Lancia, Company E, 2-3 Aviation company commander.  “Pride is a big thing for Soldiers and winning a title such as this really enhances unit comradery.”

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