Two teams take crowns in AYA Super Bowl
NATCHEZ — Having already failed to score in the first overtime, Silas Simmons needed two stops back-to-back to even have a chance to win.
But the Trinity third- and fourth-grade boys team did just that by forcing two fumbles against their Cathedral School counterparts, Jordan, Kaiser & Sessions.
Then a 10-yard run by Cade Eidt gave Silas Simmons a walkoff, 12-6 win and a third- and fourth-grade AYA Super Bowl championship at Catherdal School’s D’Evereux Stadium Tuesday night.
“I’m pretty excited right now,” Silas Simmons head coach Derek Pyron said. “Our last game, we got beaten by (JKS) 28-8, so this was good redemption.”
With the game tied 6-6 at the end of regulation, both teams had four downs in each overtime period to score a touchdown from the 10-yard line. Silas Simmons got the ball first but failed to convert, giving JKS a chance to win.
But Silas Simmons forced a fumble and recovered it, sending the game into the second overtime period. This time, JKS would get the ball first — and Silas Simmons proceeded to force another fumble, which it also recovered.
“That was huge,” Pyron said. “The defense played well the whole game, and that was obviously the game saver for us. We felt like if we could get the ball back, we could score.”
And that’s just what they did, with Eidt punching it in from 10 and sending his team home champions.
“It’s just a heartbreaker,” JKS head coach Hayden Kaiser said. “Our kids played hard, their kids played hard, and one of us had to lose. No one likes to lose, but our kids gave it everything they had.”
Silas Simmons scored first with approximately 30 seconds left in the first quarter on a 42-yard carry by Sam Mosby. The game stayed 6-0 before Bryson Moore had a 34-yard touchdown run for JKS with 2:02 left in the fourth to tie the game and send it into overtime.
“I thought we played really well all year, including tonight,” Kaiser said. “Trinity was just the better team tonight.”
Nettles Electric 12, Natchez Ford 8
Nettles Electric’s Brent Thibodeaux was awarded the most valuable player for the AYA fifth- and sixth-grade Super Bowl, and for good reason. His two touchdowns proved the difference for his Adams County Christian School team against its Trinity counterpart, Natchez Ford.
Thibodeaux had a 33-yard touchdown run with 1:21 to go in the first quarter and a 43-yard touchdown run with 2:59 left in the third as Nettles Electric topped Natchez Ford 12-8.
“Brent’s been doing that all year,” Nettles Electric head coach David Lindsey said. “He’s one of our go-to guys. When we need to score, we can always count on him or Jacob Wilson.”
The Super Bowl win was the third in a row for Lindsey’s team, and he said he was proud of all the time and energy his players put in this fall.
“They’ve been working extremely hard since Aug. 1, when it was 99 degrees outside,” Lindsey said. “They do what we tell them to do, and I told them that this is the final product (of that work).”
Natchez Ford’s only score came on a 1-yard run by Sterling Yarbrough with 1:32 left in the second quarter. Will Rushing ran in the two-point conversion, giving Natchez Ford an 8-6 lead at the half.
“It was a well-fought ballet for both teams,” Natchez Ford head coach Brad Yarbrough said. “We worked hard and prepared well, we just couldn’t pull it out. A couple more plays, and we could’ve beaten them. We just ran out of time in the fourth quarter.”