REDSKINS TAME WOLVERINES
6U NewRock Redskins vs. Union Grove Wolverines
By: Jennifer Coe | @GenNexxt_Jenni
(Covington, GA) After enduring a dynamic, yet competive season within the Georgia Xtreme Youth Football league, the playoffs are finally underway. The 6U Newrock Redskins traveled to Covington, GA on Saturday to face-off in the first round against the Union Grove Wolverines, who would have home field advantage and a chance to turn the tables on their undefeated opponents. While Coach Lisaro and the Redskins sit high on a 7-0 winning streak wrapping up the regular season, Coach Pate and the Wolverines have yet to win a game all season (0-7). One thing is for sure: walking away with a win against these heavy-hitters won’t be an easy task. However, coming into this game, Coach Pate says his boys have practiced hard to prepare and he’s already made some adjustments within his defense to put them in a position for a different outcome than earlier in the season.
Immediately setting themselves up for an early lead, Newrock was quick to enter into the red zone and right into the end zone, with #34 T.J. scoring the first touchdown from the 30-yard line. #10 Zach would handoff to #7 Chace for the 1-pt conversion, to solidify a 7-0 lead, just minutes into the first. Newrock continued to show solid defense once the ball was in the Wolverines’ possession. The Union Grove Wolverines struggled to gain any yards, during all 4 attempts to run the ball. After 4th down, Newrock would take control on offense once again.
Newrock showed great focus and speed when it came to moving the ball. Although small mistakes were made in the midst of a play, this team had no problem capitalizing on those same slip-ups. At 2nd down, the ball came loose on offense, jeopardizing their ability to keep possession; only to be recovered and save by #10 Zach, who would run for a 28-yard touchdown, followed by a successful conversion play for the extra point. Newrock hit the board again, 14-0.
The Wolverines still showed difficulty getting past the line of scrimmage once on offense, and any movements remained between the 30 and 40-yard line. A kickoff return to Newrock after 4th down would result in a 30-yard run into the red zone by #10 Zach, who was tackled at the 3-yard line, but scored in the very next play. This would be Newrock’s 3rd touchdown of the day and Zach’s second time in the end zone, in just the 1st half alone. Union Grove would block the conversion play, stopping the chance for an extra point.
Late in the second, #10 Zach ran in for a touchdown at 3rd down, but it was regrettably called back on offense and no points were allowed. Wrapping up the 1st half, #2 secured the 1st down from the outside, getting Newrock closer to the end zone; #34 T.J. goes 8-yards for the touchdown and #10 Zach snagged the extra point, 27-0.
In the 2nd half, Coach Pate made sure to address the weakness in his Wolverine defense, and it showed by how much the holes tightened up, as well as the effort it took for Newrock to push through and attack for clearance. #7 Kiree Brooks and #10 Jordan White made very strong, hard slamming tackles to shake-up their adversaries. However, it wouldn’t be enough to stop the resilient Redskins’ and their offense line. #1 Bryce slipped through the middle for over 60-yards – TOUCHDOWN Newrock. The conversion play by #5 is good, and the Newrock Redskins took home a first round win, 34-0.