PeeWee teams wrap up season, fall short in SuperBowl

by dentonramsey

PeeWee teams wrap up season, fall short in SuperBowl

By Denton Ramsey, Managing Editor


With football still on the hearts and minds of those in Marlin, the city showed up to give their support to the PeeWee teams on Friday, Nov. 17.

Both the junior varsity and varsity PeeWee Bulldogs had a remarkable regular season run, with both of Marlin’s team reaching the 2007 SuperBowl after taking home the title in 2006.

The PeeWee football teams gathered on Live Oak Street on Nov. 17, parading from Evans Tire Shop to H-E-B’s ‘Foods for Families’ drop-off – where they donated over 100 items to support their community.

The community showed their support as well.

Shortly after making the donations, the Marlin Police Department, Marlin Fire Department and Sheriff Ben Kirk escorted the teams to the Falls County Courthouse – where Marlin Bulldog fans awaited.

Raphael Henry and the Marlin High School Cheerleaders, as well as Cathy Crear and the Marlin Junior High Cheerleaders, performed to kickoff the pep rally.

Guest speakers and supporters included Marlin High School varsity football player Allen Brown, with former PeeWee football player Da’Nerian Wrighter offering words of encouragement.

The Marlin Bulldogs staff, along with coach Cassius Johnson and Marlin Elementary School counselor Buck Rogers, attended the Nov. 17 SuperBowl sendoff to show their support for the youth football teams.

In addition, NYO President Marion Humphrey encouraged the kids to stay focused on their education, as well as their extracurricular activities, as they move on in life.

The following morning, Saturday, Nov. 18, over 30 vehicles were police-escorted out of the city limits on their road to the SuperBowl.

Unfortunately, the final score favored the opposition as both teams fell short of victory.

But making it to that final game matters.

It’s tough to defend a title when it comes to football in the state of Texas – at any level, from youth leagues to the big leagues.

What’s even more impressive is Marlin’s load of talent on the gridiron, with flashes of greatness sparkling in every aspect and avenue of local football programs.

From PeeWee to middle school, from JV to varsity, Marlin’s pigskin teams are chasing daylight on a routine basis.



The Marlin junior varsity PeeWee Bulldogs lost to Moody, a team they beat twice during the regular season, 7-0 in Saturday’s SuperBowl Championship.

However, the coaching staff was proud to see their kids fighting to the bitter end – despite the one-score setback.

“The team played well,” Assistant Coach Kelly Czjakowski said. “We just ran out of energy late in the game.”

Head Coach Darrell Manigo echoed Czjakowski’s words of encouragement.

“I am proud of how well my team played all season long, and appreciated the rest of the coaching staff and parents for their support,” Manigo said. “I look forward to another winning season next year.”



The Bulldogs varsity PeeWee team, meanwhile, dropped a 35-6 decision in a SuperBowl match-up that pitted Marlin against Academy.

But once again, the coaching staff was proud of their kids’ never-give-up attitudes.

“I am proud of our team’s efforts,” Assistant Coach Andre Maxwell said. “Academy had the better team, but my kids never quit. They came out and played hard from the start of the game until the final whistle.”

Despite the outcome, coach Maxwell believes his team still came out as a solid group of winners.

“At the end, the Bulldogs were outnumbered but kept their good sportsmanlike attitudes,” Maxwell said. “Because of this, we proved to be winners.

“This was an experience of a lifetime for the players, coaches, parents and for the town of Marlin.”



The 2007 PeeWee football teams’ equipment was donated by the James King family and Raphael Henry.

In addition, the PeeWee staff is thankful to Police Chief Tom Hamilton, Assistant Chief Darrel Allen, Sheriff Ben Kirk, and the citizens of Marlin for showing their loyal support.

A PeeWee Football Sports Banquet honoring the 2007 players is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 15.

Further details on the sports banquet will be released upon final verification of a date, time and location by the PeeWee football staff.


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