AAFES defeats CMS
By Senior Airman Devante Williams, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published October 15, 2015
LUKE AFB, Ariz. -- The 56th Component Maintenance Squadron team and the Army and Air Force Exchange Services team stepped on the field Oct. 8 for an intramural football match at Luke Air Force Base. AAFES defeated the 56th CMS 40-34.
CMS came in the game undefeated and was on a mission to keep the streak alive. The match began with CMS scoring the first touchdown after a long drive, bringing the score to 7-0 with 10 minutes left in the first half. AAFES wasn't going down without a fight as they also scored tying the game up 7-7 with 8 minutes left. Both teams had amazing energy with no signs of slowing down. At the end of the first half, it would be CMS with the lead 19-14.
AAFES was determined to come back and break CMS's win streak.
"Our goal was simple, just move the ball" said Ceaser Delverdo, AAFES quarterback. "Our defense is making the plays to stop them so we just need to score the touchdowns and we will win."
The second half of the game proved to be a highlight game for both teams as they continued to score back to back, bringing the score to 28-28 with five minutes left in the second half. Even though AAFES was playing heavy defense, it wasn't enough to stop CMS from reaching the end zone as they scored again to bring the score to 34-28 with three minutes left in the game. It looked as though CMS was going to win it all, but AAFES wasn't going to let that happen, and managed to score with two minutes left in the game, bringing the score to 34-34. With the game all tied up and only a minute left, AAFES was looking to win it all. They made it to the 20 yard line with 15 seconds on the clock. Delverdo threw a hail mary pass to Mark Pierrelouis, AAFES wide receiver, with two defenders on him but still made the catch, giving AAFES the win.
"We came and played with energy and won the game," Pierrelouis said. "Defense made plays, and our quarterback was making great plays. It feels good catching a game-winner."