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Base football league shifts to high gear

By Pfc. Joshua Bozeman | | September 21, 2000

The  Provost Marshal Office Enforcers routed S-6 Armageddon Tuesday night on crouch field here 24-8 in the fourth week of MCLB Albany tackle football.
Armageddon held the lead for the majority of the first half with a full head of steam, keeping the score 8-0, but they slowly died out after the Enforcers got their second wind at halftime.
With less than three minutes to go, the Enforcers ran in a touchdown and made a two-point conversion, tying the game before the end of the half.
Close to the end of the first half, Enforcers quarterback, Kris Knight was ejected from the game for unsportsman-like conduct, bringing in second string quarterback, Damon Lockett to lead the team.
Lockett was timid at first, but after a few practice snaps at halftime, he came out and played like he had been quarterback all season.
Lockett really stepped up and lead the team to victory, said Knight, a Cincinnati Ohio native.
With 8:30 to go in the third quarter, the Enforcers ran it in, but failed to make a two-point conversion, making the score 14-8.
It was an all-out war for the rest of the third quarter and on into the fourth, until the Enforcers finally punched in one last touchdown. They went for two and made it.
Armageddon put the final nail in their own coffin when they shot a safety out of the back of the end zone, making the final score, Enforcers 24 to Armageddon 8. 
Five games remain in the regular season. Playoffs are scheduled for Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Seed in the playoffs will be determined by each teams regular season win-lose record.
Any teams who share the same record will go head-to-head during the regular season.
This years tackle football league came to the base with Capt. Christopher M. Long, deputy public affairs officer, a Weeki Wachee, Fla., native, who reported to MCLB Albany in August.
I wondered what set the Marines here at this base apart from the Marines at Camp Lejeune or Camp Pendleton  in other words, we didnt have a tackle football league, and they did, he said.
When he questioned Paul Nixon, Marine Corps Community Services athletic director, about starting a tackle football league, Nixon said that many people had asked about it, but no one had actively pursued it.
Myself, Sgt. Weaver [ Sgt. Charles Weaver, inventory support specialist at the life cycle management center, a Dayton, Ohio native who plays both offensive and defensive line for Wolf Pack.] and Mr. Nixon just made it our lifes mission to give Marines aboard the base tackle football for this year, said Long.
Having tackle football has helped develop the Marines natural warrior spirit and aggressiveness, and it also builds morale, camaraderie and espirit de corps in the work section, as well as the team. I dont think too many people join the Marine Corps to sit behind a desk all day staring at a computer.
You Join the Marine Corps to  fight, Long continued, and this gives these Marines the closest approved method to do that. Its amazing how strong of a bond Marines can build when you throw a little mud and blood into the daily routine, he said.
The main stumbling block was finding money for the equipment. With over 120 signatures of Marines who wanted to play in or support the league, participation was not a problem.
In true Marine Corps fashion, Parris Island MCCS came through and donated $18,000 of new and used football equipment to MCLB Albany  just what the league needed to get going.
As you can see the turnout at the games, not only of the players, but the fans  it has really done a lot for the morale, and it gives Marines something to look forward to on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, said Long.
Its nice to see a strong turnout from all ranks  officers, staff NCOs and younger enlisted Marines. Its good to see them all work together for a common goal, he said.