Miss-Lou Youth Football roundups: Experienced Monterey squad wins title
VIDALIA — Even the Hewitt Roofing Steelers head coach admitted that the other team had the advantage.
The Monterey Packers handled their business in the 13 and under Miss-Lou Youth Football Super Bowl Monday night at Vidalia High School, and Steelers head coach Mickey Magee called the 29-7 Packers win for what it was.
“It was an old-fashioned, wood-chopping butt kicking,” Magee said. “We’re young, and I said before the game it was the Packers’ year. It was our goal just getting to the Super Bowl, and I’m very proud of this bunch with it being our first year in this age division.”
Drake Smith caught a 20-yard touchdown pass for the Packers, and Caden Poole had scoring runs of 75 and 20 yards for Monterey. Trey Poole added a 12-yard touchdown carry.
“First of all, we had an undefeated season, and it’s our first time to do that in a long time,” Packers head coach Pat Poole said after the game. “We have a lot of (last-year players) this year, and we had some kids step up and be team leaders. The core group I’ve been coaching for years, so there was a lot of familiarity.”
Hewitt Roofing’s lone score came in the first quarter on a Dedarious Jackson 1-yard carry.
10 and under
A 54-yard touchdown run by the Carson Attorney Lawdogs’ Randrellius Going was all the team needed as they squeezed out a 6-0 win against the Delta Bank Razorbacks in the 10 and under Super Bowl.
The Razorbacks were threatening to score with less than two minutes left before the Lawdogs forced a fumble at their own 15. Daylen Cameron recovered the fumble, and the Lawdogs ran out the clock to secure the win.
“It was a cat-and-dog fight,” Lawdogs head coach Frank Duson said. “It just boiled down to who held the ball in the last few minutes.”
Razorbacks head coach Charlie Banks said the game was a hard-hitting defensive battle and a learning experience for his players.
“Our guys played hard, and we wanted to win, but I told them to hold their heads up,” Banks said. “Someone has to win, and someone has to lose, and unfortunately, the Lawdogs beat the Razorbacks.”
8 and under
After a back-and-forth game between the Walker Attorney Bulldogs and the A-1 Towing Saints in which both teams seemed to score at will, it was a defensive stop that proved the difference in the 8 and under Super Bowl.
With approximately 1:30 left to play and the Bulldogs leading 25-24, the Saints’ Connor Aplin was stopped on fourth down in a combined effort by Cameron Batieste, Lawrence Hawkins and Kameron Carter to end a scoring threat by A-1 Towing. On the ensuing possession, Kaden Batieste ran it in from 14 yards to put the game away, 31-24.
“It was an awesome stop,” said Duson, who also coached the Bulldogs. “But it took all of them to get the win. There’s no ‘I’ in team, and they all did a great job.”
Kaden Batieste also had touchdown runs of 35 and 20 yards early in the game, and Carter added two touchdown runs of 6 and 34 yards. The Saints’ Michael Williams accounted for all three of their touchdowns on runs of 20, 41 and 14 yards.
“We played with a lot of heart,” Saints head coach Boo Blaney said. “I think they put out a great effort from start to finish. It was just a great feeling coaching these kids. When you have a group that will listen and put what you say in action, it really makes coaching fun and easy.”