On a cold, frigid afternoon, the Portsmouth West Senators were able to win the 5th and 6th grade peewee football Super Bowl over the Minford Falcons 16-0 at Trojan Coliseum in downtown Portsmouth.
“Peewee kids don’t get to play on turf a lot,” said West head coach Jayson Coleman following his team’s Super Bowl victory at the Coliseum, “So it’s nice to get them down here to be able to play, it’s a nice atmosphere for it.”
“Especially with the weather cooperating, being able to play on the turf is really great, to go along with the atmosphere” said Minford offensive coordinator Nick Shepherd, “The atmosphere of playing in an actual stadium as compared to a peewee field. It’s a huge opportunity for these boys, especially the 6th grade boys who’ll be playing in 7th grade next season which playing on this kind of field will be the norm for them.”
The game started off in West’s favor early on when they were able to get a stop on Minford’s first offensive drive of the game. Following their defensive stop, the Senators were able to set the tone early by capping off a drive which started off from around midfield with a three yard touchdown rush by Aiden Smith with just two seconds remaining in the first quarter. West attempted the two point conversion and was successful, giving them the 8-0 lead nearing the start of the second quarter.
“We have a pretty good line and like to play smash mouth football” said Coleman, “We set the tone early that first drive by running between the tackles. First drive for us is big every game. I think we’ve scored the first drive every game this year, that really helps us set the tone each game.”
On the Falcons ensuing drive, while they were able to get some momentum early in the drive, the offense stalled near midfield as Minford was forced into a turnover on downs on the West 49 yard line, a credit to the Senators strong defense.
“Our defense played really great like they have all year long,” said Coleman, “We didn’t give up a point in the regular season, but we did in some games not in the regular season. We’re pretty strong on that side of the ball.”
West was able to turn Minford’s turnover near midfield into their own successes. Near the end of the first half, at the 1:34 mark of the second quarter, West’s Scottie Simmons found the left edge of the end zone for a 20 yard touchdown rush to give West the 16-0 lead after Smith kept the ball for the subsequent two point conversion attempt.
Following a turnover and penalty filled second half, neither team was able to get any more points on the scoreboard, sealing the Super Bowl victory for the Senators by a score of 16-0.
“Obviously everybody wants to win,” said Shepherd, “I’m proud of these boys. I’ve been coaching most of them since third grade. West is a phenomenal team. This is only our second loss all season, so we finish the year 8-2. I’m very proud of them for making it to the championship game. They’ve put in the work and they’ve put in the effort. Unfortunately we had a couple of our starters out with injuries, but they’ve really come a long way and overcome a lot of adversity this year to get to this point. I wish I could take credit for all of it, but I just showed them the way and they themselves took that path.”
“All the hard work these guys have put in” said Coleman when discussing what it means for his players to win this game, “We work really hard. We start tackle football on the West Side in kindergarten. This has been these kids dream for a long time, and this is the top of the top as far as peewee goes. It’s for the kids, they work hard, and they deserve every bit of it.”
Reach Jacob Smith at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org