The Culver City Middle School 6th Grade Flag Football team continued its domination of the FIYA 6th Grade Flag Football league with a convincing 31-8 victory over visiting Vista on Friday. In defeating Vista, Culver City upped its perfect 6th grade record to 5-0.
The Panthers got on the board early, as on the second play from scrimmage, tailback Brandon Zeidman took an option pitch from quarterback William Schultz for a 45 yard touchdown. After Elijah Adams converted the extra point, Culver City led 8-0.
After the Panther defense shut down Vista on four plays, Culver City scored on its first offensive play as wide receiver David Lee ran 33 yards for a touchdown. After the conversion point, Culver City led 16-0.
Middle linebacker Thomas Chee expertly read Vista’s first offensive play and put himself in position to intercept the pass and took the ball into the end zone for a 33 yard pick-6. Quarterback Schultz connected with guard Getu Whitney for the extra point, extending Culver City’s lead to 23-0.
Vista got on the board with a 55 yard drive, cutting the Culver City lead to 23-8, but Vista rally was quashed moments later as the Panthers put together a long drive, led by a 20-yard reverse by Maya Zee and a 41-yard highlight worthy run by tailback Royce Williams. The Panthers scored the game’s final touchdown on a two-yard quarterback keeper by William Schultz.
Defensively, Culver City intercepted two Vista passes (Chee and Zeidman), and held the overmatched Vista squad to 84 total yards. Defensive end Mia McKinley constantly harassed the Vista quarterbacks, causing numerous hurried throws and leading to the two Panther interceptions.
The Panthers face undefeated The City school of West Los Angeles on Friday at 4:00 pm at Culver City in what amounts to the Super Bowl of Westside 6th grade flag football.
– Scott Zeidman