The 11- and 12-year-old Columbia County Recreation Department Redskins finished off a perfect season Nov. 19.
The Redskins beat the Bears 38-0 to win the title and finish 13-0.
“We’re a weird team, especially for a rec team,” said head coach Gary Yates. “We didn’t have one superstar. We had four players that scored six or more TDs. A big part of our success was having four capable backs.”
The Bears’ average margin of victory was 40-5, Yates said.
Some of the players have made a habit of winning.
“We had some players who went undefeated in CAYFA (Columbia Area Youth Football Association), so they’re 26-0.” said Yates. “That’s pretty good.”
On Dec. 8, an all-star team comprised of Pop Warner and Columbia County Recreation Department 11- and 12-year-olds finished off a two-week tournament, winning its age division at the 2012 Upstate Football Invitational Championship in Greenville, S.C.
In the three-team tournament, the Bulldogs played three games Dec. 8. They lost the opening game at 8:30 a.m. to Greer, S.C., but rebounded to win the final two, including a 12-0 win over Greer in the championship game.
“It was David vs. Goliath,” said head coach Roff Pulliam. “The other teams were huge and we were the smallest ones out there. We told them they had to show heart and they did.”
Both the Redskins and Bulldogs participated in the Second Annual Big Jim Siple Tournament at Patriots Park in November.
The Bulldogs, newly formed, didn’t win a game while the Redskins came in second.