The flag football teams from St. Jerome School of Westchester and St. Anastasia School of Playa del Rey finished in second and fourth places, respectively, at the Foundation for Interscholastic Youth Athletics (FIYA) Championship at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum earlier this month.
FIYA provides interscholastic sports leagues for middle schools throughout Los Angeles. This fall, in just its second year of existence, the foundation included 15 flag football teams in the Los Angeles area.
The leagues are open to all schools – public, private, charter, etc. – allowing children from a diverse set of backgrounds a chance to interact and compete against one another in a friendly, positive environment.
In the FIYA title game, Our Lady Help of Christians of Los Angeles faced off against the St. Jerome Spartans. After OLHC got off to a strong start, St. Jerome rallied to get within a score in the second half, but the Crusaders’ speed and size proved too much, giving OLHC the championship.
The third-place game pitted Holy Trinity of San Pedro against St. Anastasia in a game that was close throughout. After falling behind by six, Trinity’s second half score put them up one point. The St. Anastasia Panthers responded with a long march down the field, only to see the Chargers’ goal line defense hold on fourth down inside the 10-yard line in the final minute.
Despite the loss, St. Anastasia’s Mike Fissinger summed up the day’s events, telling his teammates in the huddle, “This is a day we will never forget.”