The boys march to the field clad in the blue and scarlet of their school. The wind shifts and the air is filled with the smell of grilling burgers, the stands are filled with the expectant faces of their classmates, parents, and grandparents. The sights and sound that fill the air are of a typical high school football game, except this isn’t high school football, or junior high football for that matter. It is peewee football played at its most refined level.
On this day, head football coach Bobby Bouchillon and his Magnolia Heights peewee football team faced off against the peewee Colts of Bayou Academy. The Bayou Colts started the game on offense taking just two plays to cross the goal line and give themselves a 6 point lead. Bayou then successfully went for the two point conversion and the Chiefs were down 8-0.
Much like the other teams in the Magnolia Heights system, the Chiefs came out throwing the football and signal caller Ty Young put together 3 passes for 64 yards before the Chiefs turned it over on downs. The Magnolia defense rose to the occasion as the offensive unit struggled and they were able to keep the Colts out of the end zone and the score remained 8-0 at the half.
The second half began with Magnolia Heights on offense and the peewee Chiefs wasted little time in moving down the field. On third down quarterback Ty Young rolled to his left intending to hit his receiver in the end zone. The touchdown was not to be however as Colt defensive back Peyton Libell stepped in front of the wide receiver and picked off Young’s pass on the four yard line The Colts capitalized on Libell’s interception and the Chiefs were now down 14-0 when the defense stopped the 2 point conversion attempt.
The Chiefs would pull within a touchdown of the colts when Blake Johnson went down the right sideline for the score. The two point attempt was unsuccessful leaving the final score at 14-6 in favor of the visiting Colts.
Though the Magnolia Heights Peewees were not victorious on this day, the future is bright for the young Chiefs as they drift off the field into the encouraging words and arms of their families knowing that there are many games left to play and eventually every Chief will have his day.