Bringing glory to D’ville
The football gods have to be looking down on Donaldsonville and showing a lot of favor to the city’s little league football teams. Three out of four age groups won the Superbowl Sunday at East Iberville High School in St. Gabriel, all of each repeating as champions. The Donaldsonville Redskins didn’t want to give anything on that given Sunday, it was all about taking.
The first Redskins team to take the field was the five and six year olds who took on the Gardere Packers. Head coach Charles Price put the Redskins on the board first on the first play for Donaldsonville on a handoff to Robert Kent who needed just one play, one run for one touchdown. They went on to win that game 14-0 to repeat as champions and start the championship sweep for Donaldsonville.
Next to take the field was the C-team, the seven and eight year olds. They battled the White Castle Kings to a 6-0 win. The only score of the game came in the second quarter when Deandre Johnson caught a pass and ran straight for the score. Head coach of the C-team, Adrian Price, was amazed with his team and he knows winning two straight championships with undefeated and un-scored on seasons isn’t an everyday thing.
“It’s wonderful feeling,” Price said. “I know that’s a chance that doesn’t come by very often. It all goes to the kids. We got a special group of kids and it makes it easy on me when everybody buys into the system and everybody is on the same page. It’s a wonderful feeling.”
The next Redskins team to try and continue the Donaldsonville Championship sweep, was the B-team, the nine and 10 year olds, led by head coach Patrick Butler.
Butler and his team played against the White Castle Kings, and the Kings this time weren’t going to bend easy. The B-team found itself with only a 6-0 lead at halftime. The Redskins came out after the break, and scored 27 points in the second half to win the game 33-7.
“I always challenge my players at halftime to step it up to the next level. When you have numbers and you have athletes, that’s the difference,” Butler said. “I promised them something, that if they pull it out I got something special for them.
Butler’s challenge worked. The last score for the Redskins was an interception returned for a touchdown by Destin Barker, who the team calls, “Megatron.”
“I cried like a baby,” Butler said, who is retiring as a repeat champion after 25 years of coaching. “When you do stuff like that and have been doing it for as long as I have been doing it and to see the kids respond doing things you asked them to do. It shows good leadership. It’s hard to explain how I feel. It feels like it’s the end and then it doesn’t. I’m going to be around kids my whole life, that’s my calling.”
The last team to take the field for Donaldsonville was the A-team, the 11-12 year olds, hoping to finish off what looked to be an inevitable championship sweep. However, they lost. The A-team took on the Bayou State Tigers team and was never able to cross the goal line, losing 8-0.
The A-team scored, but the touchdown was negated by an inadvertent referee’s whistle, who blew the play dead before the ball carrier was tackled. He was never tackled, actually. That call, caused a lot of negative responses from the coaches, players and especially the fans. That call cost the Redskins their championship sweep, which many believe the league didn’t want to happen.
In the end, a second place trophy isn’t bad and three out four championship trophies isn’t either. To end the evening, Price added, “Go Redskins.”