It was our distinct pleasure to host some of our favorite regional rivals this past weekend at Cackalacky Challenge. Fellow North Carolina teams Rogue, Rut-Ro (an iteration of Ripe/Retro/Sweet T), and Warhawks (a YCC team!!) made the drive out to Fuquay-Varina, just south of Raleigh. Virginia, Maryland and DC were all well-represented, and both Ozone and Tabby Rosa made the trip up north to kick off their seasons.
Day one saw its share of battles. Both pools had games go down to the wire. In pool B, Outbreak and Tabby Rosa went to DGP, to have Outbreak punch it in for the win, ultimately taking 2nd in the pool behind Rut-Ro. Over in pool A, a story of classic regional rivals began again in the 2015 season as Ozone and Phoenix traded the lead in the first half. After Ozone took half 7-5, Phoenix decisively pulled away for the win and to take first in the pool.
The story of the weekend was undoubtedly the heat. Dry fields only amplified the scorching temps as teams employed any means to create shade and grabbed cool towels to avoid heat stroke. Thankfully everyone made it out of the weekend without any lasting damage.
On Sunday, temperatures stayed high as Ozone and Phoenix fought through quarters and semis to meet once again in the finals game. After an early lead by Phoenix, Ozone came back with a vengeance to take half. Both teams traded long points in the second half until Phoenix scored a 2-point run to make it DGP. After an Ozone turnover, Phoenix worked it back down to the Atlanta end zone to score and keep the Cackalacky Challenge Championship in NC.
Phoenix would like to thank everyone again for coming and playing through the heat with us! We can’t wait to see you all again throughout the 2015 season!
ps- Don’t we look awesome in our brand-new whites from VC Ultimate!?!