Rector Peewee Squad Ends Postseason Run
The dream season for the Rector fifth grade football team ended Saturday at Osceola in a 22-12 loss to Valley View in the semifinals of the NEA Youth Football League playoffs.
The Cougars fell behind early, but didn't give up and made a game of it in the late going.
Valley View, a team from a much larger school, demonstrated depth on both sides of the ball. The Blazers moved to 8-0 with the victory and will face Wynne in the title game this Saturday.
Rector, the smallest school in the playoffs, finished the season at 5-2-1.
Valley View scored on two long touchdown runs in the first half and added a third score on a fumble return.
Rector scored its first touchdown on the last play of the first half as quarterback Ashton Scott ran right up the middle from three yards out. The score was set up on a long run by Cooper Rabjohn that ended with a "horse-collar" penalty on Valley View and then a personal foul flag on the Blazer coaching staff.
The PAT run failed and Valley View led 22-6 at intermission.
The Rector defense played very well in the second half in blanking the Blazers.
The Cougars scored their second touchdown when Rabjohn broke loose from 50 yards out with 6:48 left in the game. The PAT again failed and Rector trailed 22-12.
Neither team could mount a scoring threat the rest of the game as the Cougars ended their outstanding campaign.
Coaches Nathan Sanders, David Mosley and Nathan Henderson expressed great pride in the effort and accomplishments of the young Cougars and look forward to working with them as they advance to their final year of peewee competition next season.