Cougar Fifth Grade Peewees Make Playoffs

Thursday, October 20, 2016
The Rector fifth grade peewee football team defeated the Hoxie Mustangs 14-6 Saturday, Oct. 15 to ensure their spot in the first round of youth league playoffs. The Cougars will play Gosnell at Gosnell at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Team members are, from left: Front -- Jacob Mooneyhan, Brandon Blount, Drew Henderson, Carter Hill, Haden Rabah and Logan Snider. Back -- Jacob Cox, Gage Thompson, Dalton Lamar, Chloe Baugh, Gabe Mosley, Cooper Rabjohn, Ashton Scott and Trey Green.(courtesy photo)

Rector's fifth-grade pee wee football team is showing promise for the future by grinding out a successful season that has them in the NEA Playoffs this weekend.

The team has a 4-2 record entering the playoffs and put together a memorable game last weekend to reach the playoffs. Rector not only beat a previously undefeated Hoxie team, but scored the only two touchdowns given up by Hoxie this season.

Rector led the entire way in that game, but had to withstand a very strong attack by Hoxie to hold on in the second half.

"They came out the second half and played a really strong game," said coach Nathan Sanders. "We had a strong defensive game the second half."

A rush of relief was felt by Sanders when his team scored against a team no one is supposed to score against. "It was great," he said. "I had a little worries going into that game. We came out of a troublesome loss to Trumann two weeks ago, then we tied East Poinsett County."

The win against Hoxie was a truly special moment for the team, added offensive coordinator David Mosley. "They really showed up to play that day," he said. "They had their game faces on. We've got a good bunch of kids that really work good together; they have fun playing together. They have a good work ethic."

Rector's fifth-graders will play 9 a.m. Saturday at Gosnell in the first round of the playoffs. The young Cougars will take a 4-1-1 record into the game as they attempt to drive deeper into the eight-team tournament.

Sanders said the key to this year's success has been everyone on the field working together for a common goal.

"It's all across the board," he said. "When they've got 11 guys on the field, they play as a whole. They're a special team."

Mosley agreed, saying, "if they stick together, in a few years they could be the best to come out of Rector, without a doubt."

The Rector sixth-grade team finished its season with a record of 1-4-1.

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