In a rematch of the 2011 final, Beatitudes of Our Lord School of La Mirada outlasted Holy Family of South Pasadena to win the 2012 CYO flag football championship held Nov. 18 at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks. The title game was also the rubber match of the 2012 season, pitting the top two seeds, number one Beatitudes and number two Holy Family. The talented teams split their previous two meetings this year in tournament play. Each team was confident heading into the game, and traded touchdowns early on with Holy Family missing their extra point. Beatitudes had a breakaway run toward the end of the first half and was able to score prior to time expiring, taking a 14-6 lead at half. The second half saw more of the same, with both sides scoring again. Beatitudes made a key stop on Holy Family inside the red zone and then recorded a safety to put the game out of reach, 22-12. Holy Family never quit, continued to press and scored late in the game, making the final score 22-18. “The game featured excellent play and sportsmanship on both sides between these heated rivals,” said Jim McGoldrick, program director for CYO Athletics. “It is safe to assume the two teams will continue to do battle in seasons to come.”In the third place game, Holy Trinity of San Pedro took on St. Jerome of Westchester, both of whom came in as conference champions. Third-seeded Holy Trinity played a consistent and steady game, keeping in check St. Jerome's athleticism and inspired play, and in the end Holy Trinity prevailed, 19-14. {gallery width=100 height=100}gallery/2012/1207/cyoboys/{/gallery}