Packers’ teamwork, focus lead to Doak Walker 3rd-, 4th-grade title in Craig
Doak Walker third- and fourth-grade tackle football championship score from Wednesday at Woodbury Sports Complex:
First- and second-place game:
• Rehabilitation Services of Craig Packers — 21
• Masterworks Mechanical Raiders — 7
Darin White said he routinely instructs his football players to keep focused and work as a team no matter the situation.
When his team, Rehabilitation Services of Craig Packers, went down 7-0 in the second quarter to the Masterworks Mechanical Raiders during the Doak Walker third- and fourth-grade football championship game Wednesday at Woodbury Sports Complex, White didn’t stray from his message.
“I told them to go out and keep going after them,” he said. “The last time we played (the Raiders), we probably should have lost, be we got saved and scored a last second touchdown. We knew it would be a tough game, but I told the kids to keep working hard.”
On the ensuing kickoff, Luke Pleasant took the ball and followed behind a wall of blockers before cutting up the left sideline and sprinting into the end zone to tie the game, 7-7.
The Packers scored two more times in the second half and shut down the Raiders offense to score a 21-7 victory and complete a perfect 9-0 season.
“We were the smallest team coming into the season, so we had to play some players at positions they weren’t used to or didn’t necessarily like,” White said. “You shouldn’t have to put a 55-pound kid on the line, but the kids all did their jobs and didn’t complain. We utilized our talents all season to keep winning.”
Riggin Meyer, of the Raiders, scored the first touchdown of the game on a run of almost 50 yards to put his team up 7-0.
White said Meyer has been one of the best players in the league this season, so he really wanted his players to focus on stopping him.
“When you play a kid like (Meyer) that is hard to tackle, you have to make sure you wrap him up,” he said. “We weren’t doing that early on, but everyone started coming together to get him down.
“We knew it would be a nail bitter, we just needed to keep the pressure up.”
On the first drive after the half, quarterback Chris Scherbarth found Pleasant near the end zone for a passing touchdown.
After a defensive stand inside the Raiders’ 10-yard line, Scherbarth broke free on a quarterback keeper to put his team up 21-7.
“The kids are really smart and they ran some plays I wasn’t sure they would be able to,” White said. “We did some wildcat stuff and they adapted and learned from the get-go.”
White said he and fellow coach Bo Lyons talked to players all season about teamwork.
Teamwork, he said, was the difference maker.
“Teamwork was our motto all year long,” White said. “We wanted the kids to be able to rely on and help each other. They did a good job supporting one another and staying focused on what they wanted to do.”