2017-10-26 / Front Page

Pop Warner Mighty Mites team ends season in regional playoff


Jonathan Norman runs through a line of Red Devils as a part of a passing drill at practice in preparation for the playoff game held last Saturday. Norman and his teammates are now winding down the Pop Warner football season, but are already excited for next year’s season which will be here before they know it. Jonathan Norman runs through a line of Red Devils as a part of a passing drill at practice in preparation for the playoff game held last Saturday. Norman and his teammates are now winding down the Pop Warner football season, but are already excited for next year’s season which will be here before they know it. After a successful third year of Pop Warner football in Lincoln County, the Red Devil Mighty Mites made it all the way to the playoffs to finish out the season. Despite not advancing to the cham­pionship, players, coaches, and parents alike are still celebrating a successful season of hard work, de­termination, hustling, and growth.

“We’ve had a successful sea­son – we only lost one game. But, we’re in the same situation that we were in last year, in that we’ve been given the opportunity to win a championship game,” head coach Will McWhorter said. “It just says a lot about our kids and their charac­ter, and their hard work, to make it this far two years in a row.”

As the boys wind down for the year, a few senior players remi­nisced on what drives them in each game that they play.

“I’m excited to make a touch­down, kick a field goal, and to just make it,” player Kelby Glaze said.

“We look forward to making good blocks so Kelby can make a touchdown,” Brayden Crook and Tripp Parks agreed.

Hawkeem White enthusiastically added, “I look forward to every­thing – tackling, blocking, and making fumble recoveries,” and Malachi Duncan voiced that he’s “excited to truck somebody.”

As these boys have spent the last three years playing together in the Mighty Mite League, player Thomas McWhorter let on that be­ing both enthusiastically competi­tive and confident is the secret to success, stating, “I looking forward to winning.”

In anticipation of next year’s season, and as this particular group of boys moves into the Junior Pee Wee league, Glaze expressed, “I’m excited and nervous to see how the big boys tackle,” and his teammates agreed.

With a third year of Pop Warner football under their belts, the kids, coaches, and parents look forward to next year’s season.

“We’re looking forward to them growing into future Red Devils, but more than anything we’re looking forward to seeing how the kids develop into their work ethics, into their attitudes, and grow into strong young men,” coach McWhorter said.

With hundreds of thousands of participants spread across 42 states and in several other countries, Pop Warner is considered one of the largest youth football, cheer, and dance programs around. Parents tend to praise the organization as it “seeks to provide fun athletic learning opportunities for children, while emphasizing the importance of academic success.”

Pop Warner’s football program resonates within the Lincoln Coun­ty community as it focuses on not only learning the intricacies of the sport, but it also requires academic success and good sportsmanship from its players.

“It’s more focused on grades, so the kids have to be strong both on the field and in school,” Pop Warner parent Melanie Delancy said. “The strict age and weight requirements make it much safer too, on top of the safety training the coaches and helpers have to go through.”

For the Lincoln County com­munity, Pop Warner is anticipated by everyone. Reports have gleaned that the coaches take the season just as seriously as the players do, making for an even more success­ful, educational, and driven atmo­sphere with each returning year of competition.

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