Intramural football amped up last Thursday as the social clubs squared off in a night of rivalry. The championship league featured match-ups that included GSP-Galaxy, TrojansÂ-Sub-T, Alpha Kai-Delta Theta and Sigma Theta Chi-Ko Jo Kai.
“We do rivalry week because it brings out tremendous amounts of excitement. The teams enjoy playing each other, and they gear up for each other,” Assistant Intramural Director Mark Jackson said. “It is usually one of the best games of the year. ”
The Kojies were led by junior Quarterback Katie Cupit, who scored 19 points against a Siggie defense who had not given up a touchdown all season. The Kojies jumped out to an early lead in the first half and held on in the second for a 19-13 victory.
In the other major women’s club game, Delta Theta knocked off Alpha Kai Omega 18-12.
In the men’s champ league, Trojans and Sub-T tried to rekindle an old rivalry on the field. In a defensive game, both teams struggled to put points on the board. When the final whistle blew the game ended in a rare 6-6 tie.
In the final game of the night, GSP edged out Galaxy 28-27. Galaxy jumped out ahead after scoring on its opening drive and intercepting quarterback Riley Orr on the next possession. Galaxy converted the turnover into points to go up 14Â-0. GSP rallied back, but only traded scores with Galaxy. Late in the game, Galaxy led 27-21 with the ball. The Moonies were driving for a score that would put the game away, when Cade Davis intercepted Steve Rizzotto on a deflected pass. GSP would score and make the conversion to take the lead 28-27 with less than a minute left to play. Galaxy had two passes that went unanswered and GSP escaped with a victory.
“Overall I think the night went really well. Both games were highly competitive and very close. The GSP-Galaxy game was decided in the last minute of the game,” Jackson said. “The atmosphere was unbelievable, and with the amount of fan support, it just made it a really great night.”
This week starts playoffs for intramurals, and several clubs may be poised to match up again. The Kojies and Siggies earned the top two seeds, respectively, and barring an upset, would play again in the championship game.
On the men’s side, GSP-Galaxy would not meet until the finals either, but both teams will face a tough road to get there.
“I think rivalry night is a fun thing for the clubs,” Intramural Director Kenli Edwards said. “We do it for most of the sports, but I think for football it is the biggest one because all of the pledges are here, and they really get into it as well.”