Junior Pee Wees dealt first loss
It took 12 games to get there, but the Douglas Pop Warner Junior Pee Wee football team ran into an obstacle it just couldn’t find a way over.
Wake Forest (N.C.) Pop Warner dealt the Tigers their first loss of the season, 14-0, in the first round of the Pop Warner Super Bowl in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday afternoon.
The Tigers drove down to the eight-yard line on their opening drive but couldn’t find a way in. Wake Forest punched in a touchdown later in the first half, and scored again in the third quarter to seal the win.
Douglas had another drive stall at the two-yard line later in the game.
“We were able to move the ball against them, but we just couldn’t punch it in,” Douglas coach Clay Peterson said. “This team was very big and very fast and we just couldn’t find an answer to them. They were a very good football team.”
For Douglas, it was the first loss of the season and only the second time this year that an opposing team was able to find its way on to the scoreboard.
“We played hard and we flew around and hit people just like every other game this year, but they just had too much for us,” Peterson said. “We played tough against a big team, you can’t ask for much more than that.”
Douglas slides into the consolation bracket in the third-place game against the Las Alamitos Griffins out of California at 9 a.m. today.
“We still have a chance to finish as the third-place team in the country,” Peterson said. “Hopefully, we can bounce back and recover.”
The team did get a bit of good news Tuesday. An article was scheduled to appear on one of its players in Thursday morning’s USA Today. That story hit newsstands after The Record-Courier went to press Wednesday night.