Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev never seems to miss the annual Celebrity Beach Bowl flag football game that falls the day before the Super Bowl — and we love her for it. This year’s match included a fiercely cute competition between Nina and Chuck star Zachary Levi. Check out the photographic evidence.

“Last #BeachBowl throwback w/ my competitors Mr. Zach Levy and Fellow Canadian Jesse Palmer. Things got intense. And rough. And so much fun!” Nina captioned the adorable WhoSay pic montage that shows Nina with Zachary and NFL/Bachelor star Jesse Palmer. In one of the snapshots, Zachary is pointing out a tear in Nina’s uniform shirt. We love how competitive she gets about this game! Nina isn’t just there to hang with other celebrities. She’s there to win. Even though she fell short this year, losing to the other team, we can tell from the torn shirt that Nina didn’t go down without a fight. (She’s probably not allowed to break out her vampire super-speed and strength when off the TVD set. Then again, neither is Twilight’s Peter Facinelli, so we guess it’s a wash.)

This year’s Beach Bowl was filled with the usual array of stars — including Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, Pretty Little LiarsShay Mitchell, and Dancing With the StarsMaria Menounos. Quite the line-up! Sadly absent from this year’s competition was Nina’s co-star and ex-boyfriend, Ian Somerhalder, who got down and dirty in last year’s game. Oh, well. There’s always next year!

The Vampire Diaries airs Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

Kayti Burt is a contributing writer for Wetpaint Entertainment with a penchant for all things pop culture. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!