Dream Season Ends Short of Ultimate Goal

Dream Season Ends Short of Ultimate Goal
Posted on 04/14/2019
Dream Season Ends Short of Ultimate Goal

The Flatbush JV Flag Football Team saw its hopes for completing an undefeated season with a win in the championship game dashed as the Falcons came up short in the final game of the 2019 season, losing for the first time all season long in the Championship game of the Mesivta Football League to the MAY Eagles by a final score of 25-6 on the Turf Field at Lawrence High School in Cedarhurst, NY.

MFL Championships 

It was an overcast Sunday afternoon, but the skies held back the rains and the day was met with great anticipation by the Flatbush JV Falcons who arrived to the Long Island venue that has hosted every game of the JV Spring season with a high level of confidence. That confidence was certainly warranted by the fact that the team plowed its way though the late winter and early spring months with methodical skill, going undefeated in the regular season and surviving a weather-impacted semi-final contest against Rambam two weeks early to advance to the Championship game.

 Flatbush Offense

It looked like the game would play out like most of the tough contests this season, where the Falcons took the first half to size up their opponent, then make adjustments and take off in the second half. After exchanging possessions to start the game, it was the underdog Eagles that got on the board first. The Flatbush defense denied the conversion and MAY had a 6-0 lead.

Smouha looks to launch a pass 

The Falcon offense continued to struggle, but Head Coach Teddy Beyda's boys finally got a break in the closing minute of the half. Quarterback Michael Smouha hit Gerry Sabbagh as a check-down on a crossing route underneath, Sabbagh pulled in the ball, turned up-field and hit the afterburners. The conversion failed, but with 30 seconds left in the half, the game was knotted at 6-6, and it looked like that would be the score at the half - all even, with momentum in the hands of Beyda's Falcons. But as quickly as the took it, fortune would swing everything a complete 180 degrees. One play remained, and the Eagles made the most of it. The MAY quarterback connected on a short pass, and the receiver did the rest. He evaded every Flatbush defender making his way unscathed into the end zone. The Falcons were stunned, and at the half, MAY was again holding a 6-point advantage, 12-6.

 Coach Beyda

There was still a full half of football to play, and the Falcons had overcome larger deficits before. But the stakes were never higher and the task at hand was daunting. MAY had the choice at the start of the second half, having won the toss and deferred. Rather than taking the ball, they chose to play a field-position game, selecting instead to go with the wind and give Flatbush the ball to start the half. The first play of the half gave every indication that the Flatbush JV's could get the job done. Smouha hit Sion Dweck, his most reliable receiver all season long, on a big pass play.

 Sion Dweck makes a move

Dweck could not elude the final defender, but made enough yardage to move the chains for a new set of downs. But, the drive stalled almost as quickly as it started, and after three unsuccessful attempts to advance the ball any further, Flatbush was forced to punt. Pinned deep in their zone, it looked like the daunted Falcon defense - one that was primarily responsible for getting the Falcons to the Finals in the first place - would get their offense the ball back. But, having flushed the Eagle signal caller out of the pocket, they could not grasp his flags as he sprinted up the sideline. It was MAY that got the next score. This time the extra point conversion was good, and the Eagles extended their lead to 19-6.

Flatbush still was within reach, but it was getting late early. The offense felt the pressure from the Eagle defense, which was bringing one more rusher than the Flatbush had blockers, and while that meant there would surely be an uncovered receiver, the pressure on Smouha made it almost impossible for him to locate that Falcon. The offense again could get no traction, and the ball was soon back in the hands of the Eagles.


The defense came up with a stop, giving the ball back to the offense. The Falcons needed to make something happen. Smouha finally got another completion, again to Dweck, and looked to threaten to close the gap. A few plays later, Smouha looked again for his favorite target on a deep ball. Dweck got a step on a pair of defenders, but the ball was thrown high and deep.. It looked like Dweck was in position, but it passed through his fully outstretched arms. It would have been an incredible catch, but it fell to the ground incomplete, and Flatbush was gain forced to punt.

 Dweck makes the reception

Again, Flatbush looked to have gotten a defensive stop, forcing an incomplete pass on second down. But it was like deja-vu. Good coverage on the receivers downfield forced the MAY quarterback to flee the pocket. Again he hit the sideline, and again the Flatbush defenders could not get a hold of his flags. The Eagles padded their lead with another 6 points.

 Smouha eludes the rush

Flatbush had the ball back, and it was clear that for the undefeated Falcons to remain that way,, they would need to score on three straight possessions, while forcing the Eagles to go three and out twice. Unfortunately, that possibility came to an end when Smouha's pass downfield went awry. It fell into the retreating hands of an Eagle corner. Game over. Dream Season over. MAY had secured the 2nd ever MFL JV Championship by a final score of 25-6.

 Coaches receive the 2nd Place trophy
Runner Ups

It was definitely not the result the Flatbush Falcons and their many supporters on hand were looking for. However, it did not diminish the accomplishments of the regular season. "I am really proud of our boys," noted Coach Beyda afterwards. "Today was just not our day, but our boys came to play every single game of the season, and the energy and enthusiasm they brought to the field was just fantastic. It was a pleasure to coach this team, and I know they have great things in store for them next season."

JV Flag Football Team

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