PIKE routs Theta Chi; Sammy stays undefeated


As rain swept across FIU’s intramural field, PIKE and Theta Chi prepared themselves for a wet flag football  matchup on Oct. 1. It was a game that started with players from both sides of the field fighting through the rain, and ended with a victory for PIKE defeating Theta Chi 32-6.

The game had a rough start; rain came down hard on the players and you could see both teams struggling to stay connected. Nonetheless, within 10 minutes of play, PIKE (2-1) got on the board with a touchdown from quarterback Cameron Stolz. Combined with a completed one-point conversion, PIKE picked up the early seven-point lead.

The mushy footsteps of the players running through the field were a constant reminder that the rain was not stopping anytime soon. Judging by the 19-0 deficit Theta Chi (1-2) faced by halftime, the rain affected their defense the most.

It continued in that same pace throughout the second half. PIKE receivers Alain Ghamin, John Ramirez and Eric Martinez all contributed to the cause by adding five touchdowns. Fortunately for Theta Chi, they avoided the blowout and ended the game with a 32-6 score.

While the rain was certainly unwelcome, Martinez said earlier practices in the week proved vital.

“We try to practice two to three times a week, depending on our schedules. But luckily we were able to get in two practices this week to prepare for this game and it was in similar weather conditions. So it helped out.”

PIKE will go on to face Pi Kappa Phi (2-1) on Oct. 8 in their fourth game of the season.

Jolson Diaz

The FIU intramural field was packed with members of both fraternities cheering on their undefeated brothers. On Monday, Oct. 1, the rain poured down on the teams, but in the end, Sigma Alpha Mu (3-0) won a nail-biter in a flag-football game against Sigma Phi Epsilon (2-1).

Sig Ep put the first six points on the board on a 22-yard strike to the front right corner of the end zone from quarterback Jared Rock to Michael Somma.

Sammy answered with a quick scoring drive of its own. After an eight-yard rush on first down, quarterback Michael Carabeo threw a 30-yard pass to wide receiver Luis Santiesteban, putting Sammy well within scoring range. Two plays later, Santiesteban found the end zone on a 10-yard bullet from Carabeo. Sig Ep went into the half with a 7-6 lead over Sammy.

Sig Ep attempted to milk the clock on the second drive of the half as Rock rushed on the first two plays for over 30 yards. SAM needed a big play and they got one from Mario Valcort who came up huge with an interception, putting SAM well within striking distance.

With a minute and a half left, Carabeo rolled out to the left, saw the end zone open and capitalized on the opportunity with a run, giving Sammy a 14-7 edge.

“It was supposed to be a pass, but I saw the opening and elected to run instead and it paid off,” said Carabeo.

Sig Ep had one final chance. After a 45-yard completion, they burned a timeout and they were left with one final play. Rock rolled out to the right, found Muharram open in the end zone but the ball slipped out of his hands and the final whistle was blown.

“We were caught in a bad place at a bad time, but we got lucky he dropped it and we came out on top,” said Carabeo.

Sigma Alpha Mu looks to remain undefeated as they take on Sigma Chi next Monday, Oct. 8.

Tarek Hamzeh


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