Miss-Lou Youth Football League crowns champs

Published 12:53 am Sunday, November 16, 2008

VIDALIA — The Miss-Lou Youth Football Association closed its season Saturday morning with championship games in three different age groups.

All three games took place at Vidalia High School’s football field and closed the book on the youth football league’s most successful season, said director Mike Bowlin.

“This is the biggest season we’ve ever had,” Bowlin said. “We had 21 teams in three different age groups. It was a great year.”

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In the 8- and under championship game, the Delta Bank Panthers took a 30-14 victory over the Home Hardware Saints while the McDonald’s Cowboys defeated the Ferriday Falcons 22-14 in the 10-and under title contest.

The Ferriday Falcons were victorious in the 12 and under championship game, defeating the Bowie Outfitter Bengals 22-6.

The league went through some changes this season, with the 8-and under group being added and incorporating teams from Adams County Christian School and Trinity Episcopal after they didn’t have enough teams to have their own league.

“We added the 8-and under league because the only sports those kids had to play were T-ball and soccer,” Bowlin said. “We thought we’d have about four teams but the turnout was excellent. We expect it to grow even more next year.”

Bowlin said the youth football league is a good way to get young people involved in a structured and physical activity.

“It gives them a structured environment, which is something they don’t always get at home,” Bowlin said. “They can get out and learn some social skills and not just sit at home in front of a television all day.”

8-and under league

Delta Bank Panthers 30,

Home Hardware Saints 14

Demond Fleming had two long touchdown runs and a long touchdown reception, which was enougn for the Delta Bank Panthers to defeat the Home Hardware Saints in the eight and under championship game.

Fleming had touchdown runs of 30 and 35 yards and also caught a 45-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Paul Cupstid.

Dedarious Jackson also scored a touchdown for the Panthers on a 15-yard run.

Chico Lowery scored both touchdowns for the Saints, on 25 and 28-yard touchdown runs.

10-and under league

McDonald’s Cowboys 22,

Ferriday Falcons 14

Dearius Brown scored two touchdowns and C.J. White had a late interception to lead the Cowboys to a victory over the Ferriday Falcons.

Brown scored on runs of 55 and 48 yards and Dalvion Jackson added a 5-yard touchdown run to give the Cowboys the lead.

Dionnate Dishtar scored on a 25-yard run for the Falcons and Ronald Williams threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Byron Greer, but with the Falcons driving for the potential tying touchdown in the final minutes, White intercepted a pass and the Cowboys were able to run out the clock.

12-and under league

Ferriday Falcons 22,

Bowie Outfitters Bengals 6

Johnny Anderson did all the scoring for the Ferriday Falcons, as they rolled to a victory over the Bowie Outfitters Bengals.

Anderson scored on runs of 25 and 22 yards, and also caught a 56-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Juan Mason.

The Bengals only score came on a 26-yard touchdown run by Nick Brown.

The score was only 16-6 late in the second half before Anderson’s second touchdown run put the game out of reach.