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Winning has no age limit

Steve Yingling

If football is a young man’s game, then someone forgot to tell a group of aging men in the Douglas County Parks and Recreation Flag Football League.

Many of Quik Lube’s players are twice as old as their competitors but that hasn’t kept the South Shore team from piling up the wins.

Quik Lube carries a 46-game winning streak into tonight’s game with rival Paal-Co. The winning streak spans five seasons.

“Their goal is to be 50-0 and they should be able to do it this season,” said league director Traci Dill of Kahle Community Center.

Team members’ ages range from 35 to 46 and they are like one big family, barbecuing with their wives and children on game nights.

“We’re a bunch of old guys who have been playing together for a long time,” said Chris Cefalu, who along with Kirk David, Bobby Lunsford and Rod Robison are Quik Lube’s “vets.” “We used to play in the Gardnerville league before Zephyr Cove. A lot of us have played together 10 years.”

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Quik Lube extended its winning streak to 46 games last week with a 34-18 victory over the Billy’s.

Their secret is composure, know-how and familiarity, according to former University of Nevada, Reno quarterback Eric Beavers.

“It has very little to do with me. They have some talented guys who play well together and they know how to play that game,” said Beavers, former head football coach at South Tahoe High.

Cefalu said the younger players don’t have the experience playing flag football that he and his teammates have.

“We have all of these kids coming into our league who are in their 20s and they are good athletes … most of them are faster and stronger than us, but they just haven’t played the game,” Cefalu said.

Beavers first played for Quik Lube three years ago and rejoined the team this season. He has seen his teammates pull out some unlikely victories to keep the streak alive.

“They have had a lot of close games and they’ve been down a couple touchdowns with with a couple minutes left, but they always seem to pull it out. It’s pretty impressive,” Beavers said.

Tonight’s game begins at 6 at Zephyr Cove Park and then Quik Lube will try to remain undefeated through the postseason tournament that ends on Sept. 14.

And if they should lose, how will the “old guys” react?

“We’ll just keep going until it’s no fun anymore,” Cefalu said.

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