The excitement was palpable Sunday at Cupples Stadium as the 2018 PFFL youth seasons officially kicked off in the cold and cloudy spring weather. There was plenty of action to go around, but the most competitive game of the week came from the 7-to-9 year-old division, as the REDSKINS won a thrilling 32-26 contest over the BEARS.
The teams traded scores early on, but a missed conversion by the BEARS gave the REDSKINS a one-point advantage, 7-6. The BEARS quickly took the lead, though, as a long run set up an easy touchdown pass and two-point conversion to put them up 14-7.
On the ensuing possession, Mason Mobley led the REDSKINS down the field with a nifty run deep into BEARS’ territory. The offense was able to finish off the drive, cutting the team’s deficit to one as the half ended with the BEARS leading 14-13.
Coming out of the break, the REDSKINS took over and drove right down the field once again. The drive was capped by a Mobley touchdown run, which put the REDSKINS out in front 19-14.
But their lead didn’t last for long, as Alfie Hubbard showed off his skills by juking out multiple defenders on a nice run down the sideline. One play later, the BEARS regained the lead, going up 20-19.
The teams traded touchdowns over the next few minutes, and with under a minute to go, the REDSKINS took over with the game tied at 26. Backed up to their own goal line, the team handed it off, and the game seemed destined for overtime. Instead, the running back broke through the defense, scoring a walk-off touchdown and giving the REDSKINS a 32-26 win.
Next week, the REDSKINS will look to get some separation at the top of the standings as they take on the CARDINALS at 1:20 p.m. Meanwhile, the BEARS will try to put this tough loss behind them and prepare for a tough game against the VIKINGS.