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Augusta takes victory in Pop Warner finale

Posted: November 14, 2012 - 1:05am
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Vashon Malik Ferguson of the Grovetown Grizzlies tries to get away from Grayson Jackson.   Photo by Scott Rouch
Photo by Scott Rouch
Vashon Malik Ferguson of the Grovetown Grizzlies tries to get away from Grayson Jackson.

The inaugural season of the East Georgia Pop Warner Youth Football League came to a close Saturday.

The Grovetown Grizzlies and the Augusta Elite led off a series of three games at Greenbrier High School with the Mitey Mite Bowl.

Every game during the season was played at a high school stadium.

“We got a lot of support from high school coaches this year,” said Jimmy Cronan, the league’s CEO and co-founder who also serves as one of the Grizzlies’ coaches.

Cronan was happy with the volunteer participation from parents and coaches and that the league totaled 567 football players and cheerleaders.

The league isn’t participating in Pop Warner regional playoffs this year, wrapping up instead with interleague championship games.

The Elite were the first winners of the Mitey Mite Bowl, beating the Grizzlies 12-6.

The Elite scored first on a 66-yard run by Antrell Buggs. The Grizzlies tied it
up on a 30-yard run by Courtney Ko­mi­nek with 2:56 left in the first quarter.

With 9:12 to play in the second quarter, Myles Jernigan made a 2-yard plunge to put the Elite up for good.

The final 2:41 was a flurry of activity.

The Elite had the ball on their 25 but fumbled on the first play. With a chance to tie or take the lead, the Grizzlies fumbled at the Elite 14. The Elite was forced to punt and the Grizzlies had 40 seconds to go 20 yards, but the Elite held.

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