The No Punt Intended players felt they had something to prove on the last night of the regular season in the Marshall flag football league.
They did just that by beating the Trashed Pandas 13-6 on Thursday at the NASA field. This was the Trashed Pandas first loss.
“This really wasn’t about standings,” No Punt Intended quarterback Jonathan Grizzard said. “It was about us proving something. That team’s been blowing people out all year and we just wanted to prove we can play with them.”
Grizzard threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Adam Lindquist early in the second half and scored on a 4-yard run in the closing seconds for No Punt Intended (4-1). They are the second seed in the playoffs scheduled Nov. 5-19 for the league’s six teams.
The Trashed Pandas (4-1), the top seed, scored on Matt Pensa’s 1-yard run with 20 seconds left. But their two-point conversion try failed when Grizzard knocked down the pass in the end zone to preserve No Punt Intended’s 7-6 lead.
On the next play from scrimmage, Grizzard completed a long catch-and-run to Eric Bryson to set up his short touchdown run.
“We won that game on defense,” Grizzard said. “Not because of me.”
Bryson played quarterback in the scoreless 20-minute first half. Grizzard became the QB after intermission and connected with Lindquist at 17:04 in the second. He passed to J.J. Langford for the extra point.
Grizzard completed 8-of-14 passes.