Runnin’ and Gunnin’ win Quesnel charity football tourney

Masyn Schweimler (middle) and Aeryk Drewcock (left) jump for the ball in the tournament final.                                Ronan O’Doherty photosMasyn Schweimler (middle) and Aeryk Drewcock (left) jump for the ball in the tournament final. Ronan O’Doherty photos
Red Zone quarterback Jared Roch drops back and looks for receivers in Saturday action.Red Zone quarterback Jared Roch drops back and looks for receivers in Saturday action.
Motley Crew’s Tyler Lampen tries to evade a Red Zone defender.Motley Crew’s Tyler Lampen tries to evade a Red Zone defender.
Pick 6’s Nathan Erickson-Smith puts the moves on Runnin’ and Gunnin’s Ian Van Leusden.Pick 6’s Nathan Erickson-Smith puts the moves on Runnin’ and Gunnin’s Ian Van Leusden.
Co-organizer and Pick 6 QB Josh Nutley throws under pressure in the final game.Co-organizer and Pick 6 QB Josh Nutley throws under pressure in the final game.
Tourney champs Runnin’ and Gunnin’ pose for a team pic.Tourney champs Runnin’ and Gunnin’ pose for a team pic.

Quesnel’s sixth annual charity flag football tournament saw more than its share of highlight-reel catches and stellar defensive plays, as well as the odd deflated ego.

Of the six teams who played in the two-day tournament at the Quesnel Indoor Sports Centre Nov. 9-10, Runnin’ and Gunnin emerged victorious, outlasting Pick 6 30-20 in a back-and-forth classic where tempers flared but never bubbled over.

“We just love doing fundraisers for the community,” says Angele Nutley, who organized the event with her husband, Josh. “Everyone enjoys coming, and it’s an opportunity for everybody to be physically active.”

The winning team received a cash prize, and the remainder of the entry fees went towards the Quesnel Legion.

Saturday action saw a round-robin format between the teams, who were all from Quesnel.

“We had two outside-the-city teams who were interested, but we didn’t have the time or space,” says Nutley.

Sunday was a single-elimination format playoff, where the intensity ratcheted up game by game.

“If you have equal-ranked teams, it can get pretty heavy out there,” Nutley says.

READ MORE: Prince George Young Guns win Quesnel’s charity flag football tournament



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