Monterey Packers win the 13-and-under Super Bowl
Published 12:03 am Tuesday, November 11, 2014
VIDALIA — Drake Smith knew the 13-and-under Miss-Lou Super Bowl might be the last time he ever played football. However, he had no idea that winning 22-0 would still bring him sadness.
“I’m going to miss it real bad,” said Smith, as his eyes filled with tears. “I don’t care if I went out on top or not, at least I played the game.”
The Monterey Packers defeated the Performance Dodge Steelers 22-0, and because Monterey does not have a football program, the game meant more to the older Packer players. It showed, as players like Smith took the game over with both his legs and arm at the quarterback position.
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The Packers jumped on the Steelers 6-0 in the first quarter when Smith threw the ball to Tailor Farris, who was quite possibly the smallest player on the field, for a long touchdown. The play was a swing and gate, a designed play that placed linemen on the perimeter in front of a wide receiver, who turned it up the field for the score.
Performance Dodge Steelers head coach Scott Slover said his team practiced to defend the play, but failed to execute in the game. Still, all smiles, Slover was proud of his bunch for playing hard.
Slover pulled out some stops of his own in the game, dialing up a fumblerooski with Devin Long and even letting his biggest offensive lineman throw the ball out of shotgun.
“We just had a pass designed with Devin since he’s probably one of the strongest kids on our team,” Slover said.
Long had an opportunity to run the ball twice, after he picked up a fumble and broke numerous tackles on a third-and-long. Long failed to pickup the first down, but he believes he successfully debunked a stereotype.
“People were telling me linemen can’t run,” Devin said. “I showed them that linemen can run tonight.”
Smith scored the next two touchdowns on runs to pull away in the Super Bowl victory. Monterey head coach Jimmy Boyd was happy with his bunch, who just won their third straight AYA Super Bowl, came together and played the game the right way.
“Easy year to coach,” Boyd said. “There was never any fighting or anything like that. These kids got along well.”
In the 10-and-under Super Bowl, the Attorney Carson Lawdogs defeated the Gillon Group Saints 21-12, and in the 8-and-under Super Bowl, the Attorney Walker Bulldogs defeated the UMB Tigers 15-12.