Records were broken and a winning streak prevailed at the 2012 Fortuna Bowl on Saturday, Nov. 3.
The top four intramu- ral football teams who had fought through the season of games found themselves playing on the front lawn of California Baptist University as students, fans and fami- lies watched from three sets of stadium-sized bleachers while both the men and wom- en’s championship games.
Three-time winners of the Fortuna Bowl, team Dynasty was defeated 7-6 by team Beast Mode On (former- ly known as team HAM). Before the men’s game, the Bus Drivers won the women’s game against team SWAT, 14-0.
LisaC.Teruel,sophomore kinesiology major, played de- fensive line for team SWAT. This was Teruel’s first year playingfortheteamandher first time at Fortuna.
“I was really nervous go- ing into it but once we ran out through the tunnel I just got really pumped,” said Teruel. “We had been practicing so long for that game that it was nerve wracking but in a good way.”
Katy C. Knutson, junior sociology major, has played on the Bus Drivers for the past two season. The Bus Drivers have won the Fortuna Bowl four years in a row.
“We came in knowing that SWAT was going to put up a good fight,” Knutson said. “So we just put our heads down and knew we were going to do our best and give 100 per- cent. Everyone knew we were really ready to play.”
According to Knutson, the team has developed not only a sense of community but of a family legacy as well. Knutson was also the recip- ient of the MVP award on the field after the game had concluded.
“We were all celebrating and caught up in the mo- ment and then someone said
‘come here!’ and then I no- ticed they were handing me the belt … I was really sur- prised! … it was an honor,” said Knutson.
According to Knutson, being on the team and win- ning the MVP award meant more to her than just a game because of her past experience as a Community Life recreational sports intern.
Ryan S. Perez, sopho- more pre-physical therapy major, played as an offen- sive lineman and defensive linebacker for his first year on team Dynasty. This year was also Perez’s first time playing in the Fortuna Bowl.
According to Perez, be- ing on the team with the winning streak at Fortuna was not something the team leaned on during the game. The streak ended up being broken, however, with a spirit of sportsmanship, the loss was not too crushing.
“There was a lot of dis- appointment,” Perez said. “But our captain Austin Maynard had a really good attitude about it so that spread to everybody on the team.”
Austin D. Boaman, ju- nior business major, played on team Beast Mode On for the second year as a wide receiver and cornerback.
Boaman said that com- peting and winning against a team that had won for the past three years in a row was well worth celebrating.
“It felt great,” Boaman said. “My freshman year we lost in the semi-finals to Dynasty and last year we lost to Dynasty in Fortuna, so finally it was this year that we beat Dynasty.”
Following the fireworks, Boaman and his teammates celebrated their victory in their own way.
“I went to Cherry On Top and bought ice cream,” said Boaman. “Then we all hung out at a teammate’s house, ordered pizza and celebrated together as a team.”