Airmen champion Turkey Bowl

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Philip Taylor, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Desert Lightning Team quarterback, dodges a Black Knights defensive player during the annual Turkey Bowl at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Nov. 14, 2014.  D-M’s Desert Lightning Team scored two touchdowns in the final 45 seconds leading them to win 18-7. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Philip Taylor, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Desert Lightning Team quarterback, dodges a Black Knights defensive player during the annual Turkey Bowl at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Nov. 14, 2014. D-M’s Desert Lightning Team scored two touchdowns in the final 45 seconds leading them to win 18-7. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Desert Lightning Team members line up before the annual Turkey Bowl at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Nov. 14, 2014.  Fort Huachuca hosted the flag football game to promote camaraderie, build esprit de corps, and collect canned good for the community food bank. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Desert Lightning Team members line up before the annual Turkey Bowl at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Nov. 14, 2014. Fort Huachuca hosted the flag football game to promote camaraderie, build esprit de corps, and collect canned good for the community food bank. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Desert Lightning Team members huddle during the annual Turkey Bowl flag football game at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Nov. 14, 2014. Airmen from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base competed against soldiers at Fort Huachuca, to build esprit de corps and collect food for a community food locker. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Desert Lightning Team members huddle during the annual Turkey Bowl flag football game at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Nov. 14, 2014. Airmen from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base competed against soldiers at Fort Huachuca, to build esprit de corps and collect food for a community food locker. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

A member of the Fort Huachuca Black Knights intercepts a pass intended for a Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Desert Lightning Team wide receiver during the annual Turkey Bowl at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Nov. 14, 2014. Fort Huachuca Black Knights lead the game until the D-M Airmen scored twice in the last 30 seconds. The final score was 18-7. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

A member of the Fort Huachuca Black Knights intercepts a pass intended for a Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Desert Lightning Team wide receiver during the annual Turkey Bowl at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Nov. 14, 2014. Fort Huachuca Black Knights lead the game until the D-M Airmen scored twice in the last 30 seconds. The final score was 18-7. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Philip Taylor, Desert Lightning Team quarterback, runs from Black Knights defense during the annual Turkey Bowl at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Nov. 14, 2014. Fort Huachuca hosted the flag football game to promote camaraderie, build esprit de corps, and collect canned good for the community food bank. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Philip Taylor, Desert Lightning Team quarterback, runs from Black Knights defense during the annual Turkey Bowl at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Nov. 14, 2014. Fort Huachuca hosted the flag football game to promote camaraderie, build esprit de corps, and collect canned good for the community food bank. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Desert Lighting Team scores its final touchdown during the Turkey Bowl at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Nov. 14, 2014.  Fort Huachuca Black Knights led the game until the DLT scored twice in the last 30 seconds, winning with a final score of 18-7.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Desert Lighting Team scores its final touchdown during the Turkey Bowl at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Nov. 14, 2014. Fort Huachuca Black Knights led the game until the DLT scored twice in the last 30 seconds, winning with a final score of 18-7. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. -- Airmen from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base competed against soldiers at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., during the annual Turkey Bowl flag football game, Nov. 14.

"The intent is to kick off the holiday season, boost morale, promote camaraderie, and win unit bragging rights," said Julius Gonzales, Turkey Bowl coordination officer from Fort Huachuca.

The Desert Lightning team consisted of 25 Airmen and four coaches from several units across the base. They met three times a week in preparation for the game.

"It was a really tough game, back and forth," said retired Chief Master Sgt. Vincent Howard, Desert Lightning team coach. "We scored first then the Army came back and scored. We had 1 play left, we either scored or we lose. 

The touchdown run on D-M's final down of possession by Senior Airman Philip Taylor, DLT quarterback from the 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, sealed the deal.
"There is no better feeling than scoring a last minute touchdown to win a game and have your teammates rush over cheering you on, high-fiving you, hugging you, and patting you on the back as you walk off the field," said Taylor. "I couldn't have scored without everyone out there doing exactly what they needed to do."

D-M's Desert Lightning Team scored two touchdowns within the final 30 seconds of the game against Fort's Huachuca Black Knights, taking the lead and the win over Fort Huachuca. The final score was 18-7.

"Winning is great but it's kind of awesome to see everyone come together," Howard said. "I was proud of them."