After months of waiting and weeks of practicing, the first football games of fall arrived Tuesday in Moffat County.
The 2010 Craig Parks and Recreation fifth- and sixth-grade football season began Tuesday with three games at Woodbury Sports Complex.
The six-game regular season schedule kicked off with the Hayden Tigers playing Craig’s Ravens, the 49ers hosting the Jets, and the Chargers playing the Steelers.
For 49er Elias Peroulis, 10, the season couldn’t have come soon enough.
“I wanted football (season) to come really bad,” he said.
Behind a pair of Peroulis touchdowns (one for both Elias and cousin John T.) the 49ers were able to hold on and beat the Jets, 12-7.
“I thought we played pretty good,” Elias said. “It was the first game, so I think we can still do better.”
The reason behind the 49ers success was consistent play on offense and defense, Elias said.
“Our offense was playing good — they made good blocks and made big runs,” he said. “Our defense was good, too. They tackled really well.”
Of course, scoring a touchdown helped, too, Elias said.
“I was running down the field, and I saw this big kid run towards me,” he said. “He almost knocked the ball out of my hands. I had to run for my life.”
The 49ers other running threat, John T. Peroulis, also found some open room to run.
His touchdown gave the 49ers a 12-0 lead. The Jets came back to score a touchdown in the second half to close within striking distance.
For John T., 11, his touchdown came with a series of Jets defenders closing in on him.
“The play was a reverse,” he said. “I was the split two-back.
“The quarterback handed the ball off to me, and I just ran as fast as I could.”
Almost as soon as he reached the line of scrimmage, a blitzing Jets team nearly caught up to him.
“There were a lot of people after me,” he said. “I almost didn’t make it.”
Next week’s games include the 49ers taking on the Ravens, the Jets playing Hayden and the Bengals matching up against the Steelers.
The games start at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday night at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 S. Mack Lane.