The championship game had a lot of hype and build up leading to kickoff! With the two teams splitting victories during the regular season and both finishing with a 9-1 record, everyone knew it would be a good game! Both teams beat the other by four points during the regular season. Both teams also had some familiar faces in different places just to add a little more spice to the game! Did it live up to the hype???... people leaving the stadium said "it was the best defensive game in Arizona championship history" "The energy was electric from start to finish" to " it was the hardest hitting game I have ever seen, and "what a chess match" and finally "I could have sat through two more quarters of this game"! So yes, it lived up to the hype. For most of the first half the Outlaws would have to battle out of their own endzone, and the Phantoms started most of their drives from mid field. The way the two defensive teams were playing, it would not have mattered and at the half the score was tied 0-0. With just over four minutes left in the third quarter the Outlaws would break the ice when after Tony Agulera hit Mike Cvelbar on a 70 yard bomb and Laz Avila would punch it in from two yards out. Phil Insalico kicked the extra point and the Outlaws lead 7-0. No one knew at the time that would be the final, but it was. The Phantoms were given a lot of underneath passes but every time they tried to go deep Mario Moore, Reno Blomquest and James Castillo would shut them out. Castillo recorded three interceptions on the night even though two of them were called back. Castillo also had the hit of the night!The defense was lead by Art Miranda with 6 tackles followed by Blomquest, Ralph Gumbs, and Jimmy Fuentes with 4 each. Moore was the intimidator with four passes broken up and displayed a physical presence that was perfect for a championship game. Laz Avila was the leading rusher with 28 hard yards. Mike Cvelbar lead the team in receiving with 83 yards. Quarterback Aguilera threw for 114 yards and no turnovers. The game ended the same way it did the previous year with the Outlaws getting the ball with over 4 minutes left in the game and never gave it up and finishing the game by taking a knee on the last play. When this game ended the Outlaws and Phantoms were both wore out but respecting each other and showed the class to each other that showed how a championship game should be played. Clean and physical! The Outlaws accomplished a feat that is never seen these days by making their fourth straight championship appearance including winning three of them. It is tough because you have a large target on your back and you are everyone's super bowl so you get their best game week after week and year after year. It is a great testament to our coaches and players for staying focused. We also played this game as an inspiration for our little fighter Hines. The Outlaws have supported the "Hope For Hines" project and pray for him in his fight!