With a second on the clock, the Rock Hill police officers were just yards from scoring to break a tie.
An Army National Guardsman snatched the ball, sprinting across the field for the winning touchdown.
Meanwhile, firefighters looked on, discussed strategy for the next game: "Just jump and spin like a ballerina so they can't get the flag."
Five teams of first responders clashed Saturday afternoon in the first "Turkey Tourney," a fundraiser to feed the hungry on Thanksgiving.
Each team paid $70 to compete in several games of flag football at Calhoun Street Park in Fort Mill.
Proceeds will help Rock Hill's Freedom Temple Ministries host "Freedom Feast," where organizers expect to feed 500 people.
Saturday's teams included the police departments from Rock Hill and Fort Mill, the Flint Hill Fire Department, the National Guard's 178th Engineer Battalion and Freedom Temple's "Freedom Fighters."
"This has been a great turnout in the spirit of love and support for the community," said the Rev. Herb Crump, senior pastor at Freedom Temple.
Thursday's Feast "is for anyone who has felt the pinch of the economic crunch - a person does not have to be homeless to feel the pinch this year," said Crump, the laid-back announcer at Saturday's game.
The football tournament was Fort Mill police officer Mike Waithe's idea. The Freedom Temple parishioner and Crump plan to make it an annual event.
"The game's going great," Rock Hill detective Cedric Stokes said between plays Saturday. "It's good competition, good camaraderie - for a good cause."
Want to help?
For information, or to donate to Freedom Temple Ministries' Thanksgiving "Freedom Feast," call 803-327-7888 or visit freedomtempleministries.org
The Feast serving free meals to the hungry will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Freedom Center, 215 E. Main Street, Rock Hill.