Story and photos by Walt Johnson
The last time the Division Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, football team members were on the Mountain Post Sports Complex football field, it was when it won the 2009 State Games of America military division championship.
The team is looking for a bigger prize – the 2009 Fort Carson intramural season championship – to add to its previous title.
So far this year, the team is undefeated. It looks like it’s going to take a tough team to derail this group of athletes, which appears to be able to play any kind of game its opponent wants to play.
The DSTB team has size, speed, experience and youth in its package and will not be easy to defeat.
As the team went to halftime of its second game of the season Aug. 19, it held a lead at halftime, but Craig Brown, DSTB coach, was not satisfied with the way his defense was playing. He did some tinkering with it that gave him the results he was looking for. Initially, Brown wanted to have his team speed on defense at the linebacker and cornerback position, but then, after watching his team play, he decided on a different strategy.
“I didn’t think that we were getting the kind of pressure that I wanted to have on the quarterback, so I adjusted the defense.
I put three men on the line in the second half and that pretty much shut them down. I initially wanted to have my speed guys off the line, but then I decided to bring the speed guys to the line to get pressure on the quarterback, because that is what you need in this game: pressure on the quarterback. You put pressure on the quarterback, they (the opponents) can’t do anything,” Brown said.
Brown was delighted with the way his team was flying around the field on defense, looking crisp and precise on offense and it appeared it could do just about whatever it wanted to. But Brown is not taking it for granted that his team is going to walk through the intramural season. He has already begun to watch the competition when his team is not playing, because he feels there will be tough days ahead. But, he also feels he has a team that will be able to meet whatever challenge lies ahead.
“I have been able to see some of the teams that we will play this year. I don’t want to sound cocky, but at the level we are playing right now, I haven’t seen a team that can match up to us yet.
“I think as long as this team stays focused and stays together, there is not a team that will be able to challenge us. We won the tournament (State Games of America), but my guys said that was nothing. We want to win the post title,” Brown said.