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Lumba scores five touchdowns to lead team
With clear skies and a cool breeze, the sidelines of the Okkodo High School football field was filled with family and friends ready to cheer on and support their teams in the Triple J Ford GNYFF Youth Football League.
In the final weekend of the season, three championship games were in store. In the Manha Division, the SSFM Hal’s Angels took on the Cinnabon Island Saints in a game that provided nothing but excitement. At the end of regulation, the Angels charged the field in celebration as they defeated the Saints 41-32 to clinch this year’s crown.
Prior to the championship game, the Island Saints went through the entire season with an unblemished record and at the start of the game wasted no time proving to everyone why they were the top team. In their opening drive, Cinnabon’s Kin John San Nicolas pounded his way downfield that set up a first and ten for his team. On the ensuing play, Dylan Peter Manibusan kept the ball on the ground and found his way to the end zone for a 30-yard touchdown run that was followed by a successful PAT for a 7-0 lead.
Things didn’t get any better for the Angels in the opening quarter as a tough Saints defense forced a turnover on downs to get the ball back. It was at that point when Cinnabon’s Bradlee Zapatos caught a pass that was good enough for a 40-yard touchdown reception. Despite the unsuccessful point-after-try the Saints held a 13-0 lead after one quarter.
Despite trailing by two possessions, the Angels showed their composure and toughness as they went to work in the second quarter. Needing only one play to open the period, Adin Jude Lumba posted his team’s first points on a 50-yard TD run. The converted PAT trimmed the Angels’ deficit to 13-7.
The Saints tried to up their lead once again. However, a fired up Angels defense forced a fumble that was recovered for a turnover. SSFM turned to their working horse and showed that they weren’t going anywhere. Lumba recorded his second touchdown of the game followed by a made PAT that gave the Angels’ their first lead of the game at 14-13.
However, the Saints answered quickly and a 49-yard run by Manibusan gave the lead back to his team. The see-saw battle continued and with less than a minute left in the first half, Lumba made his presence felt once again and grinded out 22 yards for another touchdown that gave the Angels a 20-19 lead going into halftime.
After returning from the halftime break, the Angels had nothing different in mind and opened the third quarter with a bang. In the first play, Lumba struck again and notched his third touchdown of the game on a 50-yard run to give his team a 27-19 lead. Cinnabon knew that being at the top of the regular season standings meant nothing without a championship. Therefore, they continued to fight back and eventually trimmed their deficit to 27-26 midway through the period.
SSFM upped their lead once again after Lumba displayed his versatility on the field and scored on a ten-yard TD reception to give the Angels a 34-26 at the end of three. In the final quarter, the Angels offensive line proved their loyalty once again and created a fifth and successful opportunity for Lumba to score for the fifth time of the game. The touchdown “sealed the deal” for the Angels and a late touchdown by the Saints wouldn’t do any harm. With less than a minute left, the Angels ran the clock out to preserve their lead and clinch this year’s title.
Player of the Game
Name: Adin Jude Pangelinan Lumba
Village: Agafa Gumas Sinajana
Team: SSFM Hal’s Angels
Position: Running Back
Highlight(s): Lumba had four rushing touchdowns, One TD reception, 201 yards rushing, 10 receiving yards.