County teams go out on top

AT PLAY

Several youth football squads end season with perfect records and championship wins

November 30, 2005|By JEFF SEIDEL | JEFF SEIDEL,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Everything turned out nicely for the Anne Arundel Youth Football Association on its championship day. The weather was good, it got some timely help from Arundel High School, and the football games were competitive.

The association ended its season last weekend with teams in all seven weight classes capping perfect seasons with wins in their championship games at Arundel High.

The championship day featured games in each of the weight classes, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday and ending about 10 p.m. In the past, games were often held at Anne Arundel Community College, but scheduling conflicts forced the league to ask the high school to use its field.

Arundel High even helped by running the concession stand throughout the day so association members wouldn't have to worry about it.

"Everything just turned out really well," said league president Ron Lyons. "We are very pleased. The teams were evenly matched, and all of the kids had fun."

All of the children who were on first- or second-place teams received trophies. The Greater Odenton Recreation Council (GORC) was the day's big winner, with three championships plus one second-place finish. Here's a round-up of the games:

75-pound: The Severn Athletic Club capped its perfect season with a 7-0 victory over the Chesapeake Bay Athletic Club. Severn finished the year with a 12-0 record while Chesapeake ended at 11-1.

85-pound: GORC won its first championship with a 19-7 victory over the Pasadena Chargers. Greyson Torain ran for two touchdowns to help GORC complete its 12-0 season.

95-pound: GORC's team members in this weight class haven't lost a game in the past four years - moving up through different classes - and stayed perfect with a 13-0 victory over the Millersville Wolverines. The win gave GORC a 12-0 record this season and stretched the program's unbeaten streak with this group to 52 games.

105-pound: The Anne Arundel Gridiron Rebels team got its only championship with one of the day's best comebacks. It scored two second-half touchdowns for a 13-6 win over GORC. GORC held a 6-0 lead when the Rebels rallied in the third quarter. That's when Eric Jones threw a screen pass that Keyson Barnes turned into a 34-yard touchdown. Levar Cooper ran for the 1-point conversion and a 7-6 lead. Keyson ran for a 32-yard touchdown in the final 25 seconds for an insurance score that wrapped up the victory. The group finished the year with more than 400 points but had it a little tough in the title game. The win wrapped up the Rebels' 12-0 season and completed a turnaround from a few years ago when this group went 2-7.

"They really were a good group of kids," said coach Don Hall.

115-pound: GORC won another championship, rolling to a 28-6 victory over the Chargers. The team dominated the game with plenty of speed and big plays and used Ryan Burbrink's 50-yard touchdown run for help. GORC also ended the year at 12-0.

130-pound: Millersville won its only championship with a 14-6 victory over South River. Justin Ward and Jason Clements both scored first-half touchdowns to give Millersville the victory. Coach Jason Clark now has won championships three consecutive years - at 105, 115 and 130 pounds - mostly with the same group of kids. The Wolverines also ended with a 12-0 mark.

160-pound: The Panthers Athletic Club (Pasadena) got its only championship with a 14-0 victory over Edgewater in the title game. With the win, the Panthers ended the season with a 12-0 record. Edgewater finished at 11-1.

Hall, president of the Rebels and coach of the championship team at 105 pounds, said the parents and fans provided support throughout the day at Arundel.

"It was a good day, and we had good crowds," Hall said. "It [really] was the 12th man there."

Lyons confirmed last weekend that he will be stepping down as the association's president after six years. He has been on the board for 25 years and will likely stay there, but the Annapolis resident wants to cut down on his work load.

Lyons got to the games this past Saturday at 7:45 a.m. and stayed until 10 p.m., and he often works long hours and spends a lot of time helping the leagues run smoothly. He says he still loves working with the football leagues and will continue to have a hand in it, but that he wants to relax a little bit.

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