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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Wake Forest’s indoor arena league football team, the Carolina Aviators, played their final game of their inaugural season in the Elite Indoor Football league championship game Sunday, losing to the Southern Steam 24-14 in Jacksonville, Florida.

The Aviators went 3-2 overall in the regular season. They played all of their home games at The Factory. The team was led by head coach Barry Marrow, who had positive things to say about their first year as a squad.

“Overall, I’m pleased with us being a first-year team,” Marrow said. “The guys worked hard and studied the game. They made things easier for us coaches. We didn’t have a lot of mental mistakes. Certain things didn’t go our way in the championship game. We’ll see how the offseason comes along. Now that the players have a year under their belt, we should expect good things for next year.”

Offensively, the Aviators were led by quarterback D’Marcus Winston, who completed 33-for-73 passes for 442 yards and eight touchdowns with four interceptions. Mar’Kevian Harrelson carried the ball 33 times for 122 yards and eight rushing touchdowns. Brandon Leake led the Aviators in receiving with 18 catches for 404 yards and six touchdowns.

Defensively, Lawrence Holman racked up 38 tackles, 13 for a loss and nine sacks with one fumble recovery and one interception that was returned for a touchdown. Melo Hendrix recorded six sacks and two safeties. Kaevon Bracey had 30 tackles, seven for a loss and five sacks. Darren Stewart snagged 10 tackles, four for a loss with three sacks and also recorded a safety. Devin Latta had nine tackles, three for a loss and four sacks.