Greek Week Football kicked off on Oct. 23 as both the LMU Collegiate Panhellenic Council (CPC) and InterFraternity Council (IFC) took part in a day-long flag football tournament on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the participating fraternities and sororities. raising awareness and proceeds for LMU Dance Marathon and the B+ Foundation. The all-day tournament event concluded with sorority Delta Gamma and fraternity Beta Theta Pi emerging victorious in Greek Week Football.
The CPC tournament had a six team bracket, with a bye round awarded to the two sororities that raised the most money during the fundraising week. Delta Gamma and Pi Beta Phi were awarded the first round byes for the CPC tournament, while the IFC tournament consisted of an eight team bracket with no bye rounds.
To start the first round for the sororities, Alpha Chi Omega faced off against Kappa Alpha Theta in a game that would set the tone for the rest of the tournament. After an early 6-0 lead by Alpha Chi Omega, Kappa Alpha Theta would pull off a come-from-behind victory after scoring late in the second half, completing the two-point conversion to win 8-6 and move on to the next round.
Delta Gamma would show their dominance early on in the tournament with their victory over Alpha Phi. Delta Gamma defeated Alpha Phi 19-6 to advance to the championship game to face Pi Beta Phi, who came off an 18-14 momentum win over Kappa Alpha Theta.
The sorority championship game came down to the final possessions. Both teams played aggressively on the defensive end, leading both teams to be scoreless in the first half. In the final minutes of the game, Delta Gamma pulled off their biggest plays of the tournament with a clutch receiving touchdown with less than five minutes remaining in the second half. Following the touchdown, Delta Gamma’s defense stepped up, sealing the 6-0 win with an interception in the final 48 seconds of the game.
For many participants, this was their first experience with Greek Week Football, as COVID-19 prevented the event from happening last year. Junior Pi Beta Phi member and player Tilly McLean shared her experience participating in her first Greek Week flag football event.
“First Greek Week! Super pumped, I really love it. Lots of energy right now, I feel like I am on fire. I love it … I wish we could do it every week,” said McLean
Participating in the flag football tournament was a rewarding experience for many of the sorority members, contributing not only to a good cause but also getting involved along with their peers in this competitive setting. Sophomore Delta Gamma member Meghan Kennedy expressed following her team’s championship victory, all the effort that went into preparing for these games and how this football event was a successful launchpad to raise awareness for the B+ Foundation.
“I’m ecstatic. We put in a lot of work; we came out everyday at 6 a.m. to practice. We worked really hard for this and we deserved it,” said Kennedy. “I love Greek Week, it was so fun. All the fundraising was really making it worth it for all of us to really come out and bring our A-game.”
The fraternity tournament wasted no time getting into the action. Delta Sigma Phi faced off against Phi Delta Theta in a close defensive battle. Phi Delta Theta opened up with an early touchdown on their first drive. Following the touchdown, Phi Delta Theta struck again with an interception on Delta Sigma Phi’s first drive. Delta Sigma Phi didn’t let the slow start discourage them, as their defense answered back with an interception. Delta Sigma Phi carried that momentum to take the lead with a touchdown to start the second half. Phi Delta Theta got the final last laugh, securing the 12-7 victory off a late second-half touchdown to move on to the championship game.
Beta Theta Pi proved why they were the favorites in their matchup against Alpha Delta Gamma. Beta Theta Pi struck first with a touchdown early in the first half. Alpha Delta Gamma evened up the score for a short period on a touchdown with less than a minute left in the first half. The touchdown was waved off after an unsportsmanlike penalty. Beta Theta Pi opened up the second half with a touchdown and never looked back, stopping Alpha Delta Gamma defensively and scoring again. Beta Theta Pi advanced to the championship game on a 19-0 win.
Beta Theta Pi kept their momentum and applied it in the championship game against Phi Delta Theta. Beta Theta Pi got on the board first with an early touchdown in the first half. Both teams in the first half proved why they belonged, playing tough defense. Beta Theta Pi came out of halftime ready to take over and never looked back, opening up the second half with a receiving touchdown on the first play of the drive. Beta Theta Pi closed out Phi Delta Theta with the 22-8 win.
Senior Beta Theta Pi Quarterback and coach for Delta Gamma Ben Golan was heavily involved on the day, sharing a part of both championships. Reflecting on the atmosphere of the football tournament, he shared his feelings on being a champion and participating in this charity event.
“So good, this was so much fun. It’s just such a blast. Everyone’s out here having a good time. Win or lose, it’s just a fun day,” said Golan.