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The 2012 Craig Parks and Recreation Doak Walker football season has come to a close, but its experiences have left a lasting impact on the players and coaches.
Tuesday saw the fifth and sixth grade league play out its entire postseason tournament. The six-team league concluded its season with the Super Bowl under the lights at the Bulldog Proving Grounds.
The Broncos, sponsored by Anson Excavating, beat the Chargers from Cook Chevrolet, 32-28. It was a great way to end a fun season, even in a loss, Chargers coach Greg Hixson said.
“That was just two good teams playing each other in the Super Bowl,” Hixson said. “Both teams had great kids, and I thought it was a great finish to the season, playing under the lights at the high school with a close game. I think all the kids learned something tonight, win or lose.”
Broncos coach Jarrod Ogden said he thinks the teams are getting better in Doak Walker because they are learning football starting at such an early age.
“It’s an awesome program,” Ogden said. “I think if you asked around town, we are producing better athletes every year because they’re able to start so young. I don’t think you could have had two better teams there (in the Super Bowl).”
The younger league which is feeding into fifth and sixth grade also had its playoffs this week. The third and fourth grade league played at Woodbury Sports Complex, where the Hayden Tigers beat the Jets, sponsored by Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, 20-6.
The winning teams were happy to finish their season on a high note, but Hixson knew his players learned and had fun anyway.
“All the boys I had on my team were a great group of kids,” he said. “It was my first year coaching and all those boys, I’m going to keep watching them up through high school. I’ll always remember them.”
Both Hixson and Ogden praised the Doak Walker program, which provided their teams with a fun atmosphere and unique opportunities, like playing on the high school field.
“It was an awesome experience. I think that’s what playing Doak Walker football is all about,” Ogden said. “I want to thank the City of Craig, Parks and Rec and the school district. They got real refs for the game, and those kids felt like, you know, Peyton Manning walking onto the field. If a kid walks away from that with a positive experience, that’s something he can take with him and that’s most important.”
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Craig Daily Press sports coverage on Twitter at @CDP_Sports.