BC Warriors reach final
Published 7:53 pm Monday, November 22, 2010
The competition’s picking up for the Bennett’s Creek Warrior junior pee wee (age 9-11) football team, but no one could tell from the scoreboard so far.
The Warriors blanked the Lewisville Titans (N.C.) 26-0 in the semifinals of the Mid-South Regional playoffs Saturday in Durham, N.C.
The undefeated Warriors (11-0) play undefeated Gastonia Boys Club (N.C.) in Charlotte Saturday for the regional title and a trip to the Pop Warner National Championships in Orlando, Fla.
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After stopping the Titans on the first possession of the game, the Warriors pulled out a trick play for their first play. It worked perfectly, with a reverse going for a long touchdown run.
“And we really never looked back,” said Warrior head coach Pete Teumer.
“Lewisville had a good team, but it just happened to be one of those days where everything goes right,” Teumer said.
Disciplined football was even more important than the big trick play, said Teumer. The Warriors were flagged only a few times. The Warriors, after committing their first turnover of the season last week in their first regional win, had no turnovers against the Titans.
“This group of kids just knows what they have to do and how to carry out their jobs. When we put the second unit in, they were just as effective as the first unit,” Teumer said.
The Warrior defense has allowed four touchdowns in the 11 games this season, with no opponent scoring more than seven points in a game.
“Our defense is very good about giving up no big plays. At this level, that’s how most teams score, mostly on big runs,” Teumer said.
“We’ve been able to contain the other teams’ running backs and not give up a big play,” he said.
Bennett’s Creek got an added bonus following its victory Saturday, as Gastonia played its semifinal game right after the Warriors played, giving the Warriors a chance to scout.
“They’re probably the best team we’ve seen. They’re also 11-0,” Teumer said.
The Warriors head down Friday morning. It’s a huge Pop Warner festival in Charlotte, with the regional cheerleading competition set for Friday and football playoff games throughout the weekend.
“It’s a big deal. There will be hundreds upon hundreds of kids with their families all staying downtown,” Teumer said.