If the Colts keep playing at the level they were Tuesday, coach Mark Balderston will have even more reasons to smile.
On Tuesday, the third game of Craig Parks and Recreation's Doak Walker Football season, the fifth- and sixth-grade Colts team was able to defeat the Chargers, 34-6.
And the scary part is, the team keeps getting better, Balderston said.
"Awesome game," he said. "By far, that was their best game of the season.
"They were hitting a lot, and they were just on fire today."
With three games remaining until the Oct. 13 playoffs, seeing his team perform at such a high level was a welcome sight to Balderston.
"This was the best performance I've seen from them so far this season," he said. "They took it up a notch today."
Not to be outdone by the bone-rattling defense, the offense managed to keep the Chargers on their heels, Balderston said.
"The offense made a lot of good plays," he said. "They picked up a lot of yards on some big plays."
All those plays were made possible by the team's linemen.
"It's tough to teach kids at this age how to block," Balderston said. "It's a hard skill to learn at any age, actually. But some of the blocks downfield sprung some big plays."
One of the players making the big plays was Hunters Roberts.
The 11-year-old Colt, who said he plays whatever position his coach needs him to, was able to score a touchdown in the second half of the game.
"I thought I played pretty good tonight," he said. "I had fun and scored a touchdown."
Hunter's touchdown came deep in Chargers territory.
"It felt good," he said. "I got out, saw some open field and went in untouched."
Hunter played on both sides of the ball against the Chargers.
"It was great - I was getting in every play," he said. "I got through a couple of times and hit them."
But don't ask Hunter which side of the ball is better - they're both good in his eyes.
"On offense, you get to score," he said. "On defense, you get to knock the snot out of someone."
Ben Bulkeley can be reached at 875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.