Champion crowned in Craig’s Doak Walker fifth-, sixth-grade league |

Champion crowned in Craig’s Doak Walker fifth-, sixth-grade league

The will to win in sports can manifest itself in numerous ways.

For Mario Delgado's football team, the possibility of a rematch was all the motivation they needed Tuesday afternoon.

Just as their Green Bay, Wisc., namesakes won the Super Bowl earlier in the year, the Packers of Craig's Doak Walker fifth- and sixth-grade league took the top honor of their conference. The boys in green and yellow defeated the Chargers, 13-7, to win the championship Tuesday.

Delgado, Packers head coach, said the win was especially sweet because of the Chargers' reputation throughout the season, beating his team in their first game.

"They were the toughest team this year, undefeated, so it was our goal this season to make it to the end and hopefully play these guys again and beat them," he said.

Wet weather hindered both teams in the first quarter, but once the sun started to break through the clouds, the action picked up.

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The Chargers' Elias Peroulis recorded the first score of the game, leaving the tally 7-0 at halftime.

Packers quarterback Chase Marshall spent that time thinking about how he and his team could rally for the win.

"I was a little frustrated at halftime, but I just shook it off," he said. "We were a little intimidated because they beat us the first time, but we came back and fought."

And fight they did.

Marshall scored a touchdown at the end of the third quarter for the tie, but his best play was yet to come.

While at midfield, Marshall broke tackle after tackle to bolt to the end zone for the game-winning score.

Marshall said he and his teammates held nothing back in their final game.

"Overall, we did the best we've done all season," he said.

The Packers were greeted with celebratory cupcakes as the whistle blew.

"My guys learned a lot this season, and they played 100-percent," Delgado said. "That's what football is all about."

In other action, the Bengals placed third after blanking the fourth-place Hayden Tigers, 15-0.

Elsewhere, the Ravens — fresh off their 14-8 win against the last-place 49ers on Monday — wound up in sixth after an 18-12 defeat to the fifth-ranked Steelers.

Rehabilitation Services of Craig Packers and the Masterworks Mechanical Raiders will battle at 5:15 p.m. today at Woodbury Sports Complex for the third- and fourth-grade league title.

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Doak Walker fifth- and sixth-grade tackle football playoff results from Tuesday at Woodbury Sports Complex:

First- and second-place game:

• Anson Excavating Packers — 13

• Cook Chevrolet Chargers — 7

Third- and fourth-place game:

• The Print Shop Bengals — 15

• Hayden Tigers — 0

Fifth- and sixth-place game:

• 3B Enterprises Steelers — 18

• 3 Sons Construction Ravens — 12

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