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Dec, 2018

Dream Team captures 2018 adult flag football title

By John Davis
Community Relations Director

One big play decided the championship game of the Oxford Park Commission’s 2018 adult flag football season. Thankfully for the members of the Dream Team, the big play was turned in by their captain.

For the ninth straight season, Cam Norwood walked away with a championship trophy in adult flag football. Norwood made the defining stop on defense in double overtime to lift the Dream Team to its 7-6 victory over the Gators at FNC Park Dec. 15. 

“Knowing the guys on the other team, I had a feeling it was going to be a good game, but I didn’t know it was going to be two overtimes and the score would be 7-6,” said Norwood, who also caught his team’s lone touchdown from quarterback Isiah Pegues during the contest. “I hadn’t played much offense all year, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do. I didn’t expect to do anything like that on offense.”

Norwood, known as Faigo by his teammates, recalled the ball being “stuck in the air” for a second before he was able to corral it in front of defenders in the end zone. 

“They tried to knock it out for a second, but I held on to it,” said Norwood, who led the Oxford High Chargers in tackles his senior season in high school. “I’ve been playing flag football ever since I left high school. Our teams have changed a whole lot. I was the young hot head on the team when we had guys in their 30s.”

It was the second straight title win for Dream Team, which is composed mainly of former OHS athletes. One of those is Michael Bianco, who was also on the 2017 roster. Bianco, who goes by the nickname Beezy Island, praised the play of the Gators, and wished that their starting quarterback, Jeffrey Dukes, had been healthy enough to play in the title game. There were still enough talented athletes, and familiar faces, on the Gators’ roster to keep the title game interesting.

“It was fun to compete against them, like we did in high school, and in little league sports growing up,” said Bianco, who earned a couple of other flag football titles playing with Norwood when the group was called the All Americans. “It was a drama-filled game. It was fun for the season to go out that way. When we heard that Jeffrey hurt the tendon in his hand, we thought we would have a little more of an upper hand on them. But the field was so wet that we went out there, Jeffrey not being there wasn’t going to be as much of a difference because there wasn’t a lot of passing success out there on the field and with the ball. I think a dry field would have allowed Jeffrey to use his athleticism and hit a few deep balls on us. It was a fun game, and I’m glad we got to play that team in that environment.” 

There were a lot of praise provided by Norwood to the other members of his team. He had good things to say about the play of Pegues in the title game as well as Kiree Wilson, Joseph Tucker, DeMarea Burt, Hiram Wadlington, Trell Gordon and Darius Montgomery, who led the team in interceptions during the year. Macarell Hickinbottom, Tias Hilliard, Anthony Draper and Stan Ivy all did a great job with the younger members of the team. 

Norwood keeps returning to play each fall because he likes to stay in shape, and be around his friends. 

“They’re my brothers. We have a group message and text just about every day. Just the chemistry. I can be a cry baby sometimes and get in my feelings and take it a little too serious,” Norwood said. “But there are times I bring something out of you that you needed. That’s why I love the team. It takes more than a coach to get a group of men together and have everybody come to one thing. I can go overboard, and as soon as the game is over, I feel bad, but during that moment, I think I have the ability to get everyone focused and let them know that this is serious.” 

Bianco added that playing in a league, for a trophy, means something to the group he associates with.

“We will go to the airport fields or the (Ole Miss) intramural fields and play pick-up games, which are a lot of fun, but these games are regulated and people, family, girlfriends, come out and watch so there is a little bit of a crowd or audience watching you,” Bianco said. “There is more meaning to it and more bragging rights than your everyday pick-up game. It’s been a lot of fun playing with and against my friends over these years. I think one of the coolest things is that for the most part, the teams competing for the championship, is always Oxford and Lafayette kids and we’ve been playing park commission ball, middle school and high school sports since you were 5 years old. It’s still cool to compete against the guys you have been competing against your whole life.”

 

 

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