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This is a site for players, parents and fans of the McCutchen/Sexton Steelers Pee Wee Football Team of Goldtrap/Gardner Boys Club in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Our mission is to teach the kids solid football fundamentals that will enable them to improve their skills and enjoyment of the game. Although we will attempt to be competitive in all our games, our number one goal is for the kids to have fun, whether we win or lose. Our second goal is to develop an understanding of the importance of being a TEAM. We want them to know that we win as a team and we lose as a team. Hope you enjoy the site!
Tonight's 27-13 win over the Pinnacle Rams was a big one in several ways. The most important being that it clinched us a berth in the Pee Wee City Championship, where we will face the McGill Raiders on Saturday, October 28th. First, lets see how this game went down.
The Rams got the ball to begin the game and we saw early that they had a pretty good game plan against us. They used their big offensive line to pound the ball up the middle for a couple of short gains. Then they used their speedy little running back on a jet sweep. Presley Chitwood saved a touchdown with his hustle, as he caught the running back at our 17-yard line. Tytan Wynne then came up with a huge QB sack and Patrick Collier made a good tackle on the corner. On a 3rd and 5, we forced a fumble and Blake Forsgren would recover on our own 13-yard line.
Our offense looked as if had struck on our first offensive play from scrimmage. EJ Zanders took the direct snap from Jaxon Cox and outran the Rams defense for what appeared to be an 87-yard touchdown scamper. But as we looked back to where the run started, there was one of those ugly little yellow things lying on the ground. Blake was called for a block in the back and EJ's run would be erased. Despite the flag, that didn't stop our offense. Blake would hit Tytan with a pass for 14 yards. EJ would then reel off an 18-yard run moving the ball to the 43-yard line. Blake would then find a wide open Vahn Arzoumanian for what turned into a 57-yard TD. Vahn really made a nice run after the catch to get in the endzone. EZ would convert the extra point and we led 7-0 as the 1st quarter came to a close.
The Rams put together a 9-play 60 yard drive on their next possession. Our defense made some really good plays but we were called for a horsecollar that really helped them on the drive. Tytan, Blake and Brody all had several tackles each on the drive. The Ram's speedy running back would break one and be tackled at the 1-yard line. Our defense would make a great goal line stand, but the Rams would score on a 4th and goal to pull within 7-6. We stuffed the extra point and it was a one point game with 1:20 left until the half.
We would quickly move the ball down the field with two good runs by EJ. One covered 27 yards and then he scampered 24 yards to move the ball to the 9-yard line of the Rams. Presley would then battle hard to get in the end zone but was tackled at the 2-yard line. With no timeouts we had time for one more play and we gave Blake the run/pass option. He would find an opening and score a Steeler touchdown with 13 seconds left on the clock. EJ converted the extra point and we would take a 14-6 lead into the half-time break.
We would get the ball to start the 3rd quarter and wasted no time in putting this game out of reach. After a short run by Presley and a facemask penalty, we were back in Rams' territory. EJ would then do the rest as he took the direct snap and darted 43 yards down the sidelines for another Steelers touchdown. Tytan and Blake would hook up on the extra poit and we extended our lead to 21-6 early in the 3rd quarter. Our defense would step up on the Ram's next possession. Good plays by Patrick, Blake and Tytan would force the Rams to declare a punt with the 3rd quarter winding down.
We took the ball back over at our own 33-yard line. After a motion penaly, Blake would reel off a 37-yard gain to move the ball into Ram's territory. Blake would then throw an incredible pass across the middle to EJ for a 37-yard touchdown, putting this game out of reach at 27-6. The rest of the game would see an interception by Patrick on the Rams next possession. But we would give it right back to them on a fumble. The 4th quarter went by in a flash but the Rams would score a late TD to make the final 27-13. The win moves us to 4-0-1 in the league standings and still in a 1st place tie with the McGill Raiders.
Our week 5 offensive players of the week are a trio of offensive lineman that really played a great game on Monday night. Derek Chitwood, Ethan Coward and Lincoln Dillinger all played very well for us on the offensive line. At times, each of them had to try and control #77 from the Pinnacle Rams. He is a very big kid and was really aggressive. He is one of the best defensive linemen in our league and it took all three of our guys to take turns keeping him out of our backfield on the night. These are all very good young players and each of them have a great attitude and are very coachable. Congrats to Derek, Lincoln and Ethan for being named our week 5 offensive players of the week. We are proud of you all.
Our week 5 defensive player of the week was a pretty easy choice in this game. Patrick Collier had a really good game for our defense. He recorded 5 tackles and had a big interception late in the 3rd quarter that would lead to a Steelers touchdown. Patrick is a big reason our defense is one of the best in the league this season. He is one of the best 3rd graders in our league and is a great kid. Congrats Patrick for being named our player of the week, we are very proud of you!
Pinnacle Rams - 27
Arkoma Mustangs - 0
McGill Raiders - 20
Orr Cowboys - 0
McCutchen Steelers - 27
NCR Spartans - 0
McGill Raiders - 25
Pinnacle Rams - 0
McCutchen Steelers - 12
Orr Cowboys - 6
NCR Spartans - 7
Arkoma Mustangs - 0
Orr Cowboys - 19
Arkoma Mustangs - 0
McCutchen Steelers - 7
McGill Raiders - 7
Pinnacle Rams - 25
NCR Spartans - 0
McCutchen Steelers - 26
NCR Spartans - 6
Pinnacle Rams - 26
Arkoma Mustangs - 6
McGill Raiders - 19
Orr Cowboys - 0
McGill Raiders - 32
Arkoma - 0
Orr Cowboys - 26
NCR Spartans - 0
McCutchen Steelers - 27
Pinnacle Rams - 13
Pee Wee Standings
McCutchen Steelers 4-0-1
McGill Raiders 4-0-1
Pinnacle Rams 3-2
Orr Cowboys 2-3
NCR Spartans 1-4
Arkoma Mustangs 0-5
Our sign before the game said" Get your popcorn ready, we're about to put on a show." I would say in a way the kids did in this game. Man, we had things clicking on all cyclinders tonight versus the NCR Spartans. Our defense was stingy, our offense had both the running game going and the passing game going. All in all, it was our best overall performane of the season, The result would be a 26-6 win over the Spartans from Goldtrap. Let's see how it all went down.
The Spartans got the ball to open the game and our defense was ready for the challenge! After a couple of short gains, Tytan Wynne and Bryce Wardlaw made a good play that would force the Spartans into a 4th and long. On the next play, they would fumble and EJ Zanders would scoop up the ball and dart 38 yards for a Steelers touchdown. EJ would then convert the extra point and we had a quick 7-0 lead.
On the Spartans next possession, our defense went right back in attack mode. Jaxon Cox and Michael McGee would bust thru the line and sack the QB for a loss of 5 yards. Then on 2nd and long, Brayden Bromley would make one of the plays of the year. The Spartans were passing and Brayden was covering the receiver. As the pass got to them, Brayden tipped the ball and it bounced off the Spartan players shoulder pads and Brayden picked it off and ran it back to the 12-yard line. It was a great heads up play by a big time player. After a motion penalty, we tried a new play we had been working on and EJ went untouched for a 17-yard touchdown. The extra point failed and we led 13-0 with 2:14 left in the opening quarter.
Our defense just refused to give the Spartans even a yard on their next possession. Jaxon Cox, Bryce Wardlaw, Patrick Collier and Tytan Wynne all made good plays and we forced to Spartans to declare a punt, giving the ball back to our offense as the 1st quarter came to a close. This time we put together a really nice drive on offense. Blake would complete a pass to Presley Chitwood for 15 yards. Presley would then reel off a 24-yard gain, moving the ball into Spartan's territory. Blake would then find a wide open Vahn Arzoumanian for a 10-yard gain. After a short run by Blake, we would try another new play we have been working on this week. Blake shuttle passed the ball to Presley and that would result in a 27-yard TD. We failed once again on the extra point as Brody McDaniel was stopped just short of the goal line and the score remained 19-0 with 3:20 to go until halftime.
The Spartans still could go get anything going on their next drive. Jaxon Cox was a one man wrecking crew out there. They could not stop him from busting thru their middle and he made a couple of really good plays, forcing the Spartans to declare a punt once again. Blake and EJ would then connect on a 45-yard pass play, but the clock would run out before we could get another play off and we would take a 19-0 lead into the half.
We got the ball to open the 3rd quarter and it didn't take long for us to put the boys club mercy rule in effect. Blake would hook up with Vahn for a gain of 14 yards. He then passed to Tytan for a gain of 25-yards, moving the ball to the Spartans 11-yard line. Presley then took the hand-off from Blake and scrambled 11-yards down the sidelines for another Steelers touchdown. EJ would convert the extra point and we now lead 26-0.
The rest of the game would go by in a flash. We made a lot of substitions on defense and a couple of penalities by our defense would help the Spartans score a TD on the last play of the game. The final would be a 26-6 Steelers win, moving us to 3-0-1 on the season and still in a 1st place tie with the McGill Raiders.
Our offensive player of the week for week 4 of the season is Presley Chitwood. He had a really good game versus the NCR Spartans this week. He rushed 2 times for 35 yards and scored one touchdown. He also caught 2 passes for 47 yards, while adding another touchdown to his total. He and Blake connected on a 27-yard TD in the 2nd quarter to help put this game out of reach. Presley is a great kid and a really good player. Congrats Presley, we are very proud of you!
Our week 4 defensive player of the week is Michael McGee. He had a good game on Monday night. He finished the game with a couple of tackles and was really a force on the inside of our defensive line. Michael also has been playing offensive line and always does a great job there as well. He is one of our most improved players from last season. He is a really great kid and always eager to learn and give 110%. Awesome job Michael, we are very proud of you!
This was a game against the two top teams in our league and after the smoke cleared, nothing much got settled. Both teams played really hard and done some good things in the game, but also both made mistakes that cost each of them a win. Let's see how it all went down.
We got the ball to open the game and put together one of the best drives of the season. We kept the Raiders defense off balance with a combination of running and passing and the biggest thing of all, we had no penalities on the drive. EJ Zanders reeled off a couple of nice runs and Blake Forsgren would convert a 3rd and short to move the ball to the Raiders 36-yard line. Blake would then connect on a pass to Vahn and we were rolling. EJ then got some great blocking from his offensive line and fellow running backs, and darted 28 yards for a Steelers touchdown. EJ would then run behind Jaxon Cox and Michael McGee on the extra point to give us a 7-0 lead with 2:13 left in the opening quarter.
The Raiders got the ball back and their offense went right to work as well. Our defense looked as if they were going to force a punt. We had a couple of nice plays by Blake Forsgren, Michael McGee and Raashid Abulawi that forced the Raiders into a 4th and short. They would then take advantage of a mistake by one of our corners and dart 51 yards down the sidelines to pull within 7-6. On the extra point, Blake made a great play to force the Raiders QB out of bounds short of the goal line but the referee was out of position and thought the Raiders QB got in before he went out of bounds. It was a bad call that would end up costing us in this game.
As the 2nd quarter begin, it looked as if our offense would pick up right were we left off. Presley Chitwood took the handoff and found a hole for what looked to be a good gain, but he was then stripped of the ball and fumbled. The Raiders would take over and our defense was right back on the field. On this drive, McGill would be their own worst enemy. They committed a couple of holding calls and a false start. Also some good plays by Presley and Vahn would force them into a 4th and long. Coach Dylan had a blitz called up and boy did it work! EJ and Michael would sack the quarterback in the backfield, giving the ball back to our offense with 2:13 left until half.
We started putting together a nice drive but a holding penalty would make things awfully tough. Blake and EJ would both have nice runs on the drive but we would come up a yard short on a 4th and short. The Raiders got the ball back with only a couple seconds on the clock. Patrick Collier made a nice open field tackle to bring the first half to a close with the game tied at 7.
The entire second half saw both teams defense really tighten up. Also both teams hurt themselves with holding penalities and false starts. We kept McGill at least 65 yards away from the endzone for the entire second half. But the problem was our offense couldn't establish much of anything and this one would end all tied at 7. Both teams played really hard and if both take care of business the rest of the season, the city championship will see a rematch of these two teams at Northside on October 28th.
Our offensive player of the week for this week is Jaxon Cox. He is our center, which is not an easy task, as we run out of the shotgun a lot. Jaxon did a great job this week in the game versus the McGill Raiders. He had to go against one of the best defensive linemen in our league and did a terrific job against him. Jaxon is the leader of our offensive line. I tell him all the time, we go as he goes. He is a wonderful young man that gives his all the entire time he is on the field. Congrats Jaxon, we are very proud of you!
Our defensive player of the week for week 3 of the season is Brayden Bromley. He had a really good game against the McGill Raiders this week. He finished the game with a couple of tackles, while saving a touchdown on one of those plays. Brayden plays a very tough position on our team, the corner position. He is responsible for keeping those fast running backs from getting the corner and heading down the sidelines. He does a great job and is a big reason our defense is one of the best in the league this season. He is a really good kid and a joy to coach. Congrats Brayden, we are very proud of you.
Man, was this one too close for comfort. On a night where we were missing a few players fighting the stomach bug, we would survive and advance as they say, in a 12-6 nailbitter against the Orr Cowboys. Let's see how this all went down.
Orr got the ball to start the game and on their first play from scrimmage, they would fumble and EJ Zanders was there to fall on it for us. We would take over at the Cowboys 37-yard line. A couple of short runs by EJ would set up a 3rd and short. Blake Forsgren and Vahn Arzoumanian would then connect on a 17-yard pass play to move the ball into the Cowboys red zone. Blake would then reel off a 9-yard gain and we were knocking on the door early in this one. Another short run by Blake and a 3-yard scamper by Hunter Hansen would put the ball at the Cowboys 1-yard line. Blake would then follow behind his center, Jaxon Cox and score the first touchdown of the game. We failed on the extra point as Blake's pass to Tytan fell just short and the score remained 6-0 with 2:18 left in the opening quarter.
The Cowboys would answer right back on their next possession and it looked early on as this might be a shootout. Teyo Flake would take the direct snap from their center and dart 58-yards down the sideline for a game tying touchdown. EJ would stuff their extra point attempt and the score was tied at 6 as the 2nd quarter began. The next drive would see us make several mistakes on our blocking assignments and that would cost us a chance to put more points on the board. On a 3rd and long a bad snap would force us to declare a punt for the first time all season and the Cowboys would take the ball back over at their 31-yard line. Our defense really stepped up on this drive and refused to give the Cowboys much. Good plays by Tytan Wynne, Brayden Bromley, Patrick Collier and Brody McDaniel would keep the Cowboys from moving the ball much on this drive and the half would come to a close with the score tied at 6.
We would get the ball to open the 3rd quarter and EJ got things going with a short gain around the right end. Blake would then find an open Vahn out in the flat, but he couldn't come down with the catch. On a 3rd and 7, we missed two blocks and Blake would only gain a couple yards and we once again declared a punt. The Cowboys would get the ball back but our defense stepped up once again and bailed us out of a jam. Hunter Hansen would fall on a Cowboys fumble in the backfield and suddenly we had new life with a couple minutes left in the 3rd quarter. We took back over at the Cowboys 27-yard line and went back to work. The drive started with a false start penalty but EJ would then ramble off a 13-yard gain to bring up a 3rd and 2 at the Cowboys 19-yard line. Once again a bad snap over the head of Blake would result in a big loss and we faced a 4th and long. We had a good play called and Blake put the pass right on the money but it went thru the arms of our reciver and the Cowboys once again would take back over the ball deep in their own territory.
Jaxon Cox and Patrick Collier would bust thru the line and sack the quarterback on the first play of the next Cowboys drive. Blake and Vahn would then team up to stuff the running back on the next play. After a false start, EJ and Brayden Bromley would make a good play on the corner and the Cowboys were forced to declare a punt as the 3rd quarter came to a close with the game still tied at 6.
We had been attacking the left side of the Cowboys defense most of the night but this time we would change our plan to try their right side. EJ would get some great blocking from his offensive line to dart 38-yards down the sidelines for a Steelers touchdown. Tytan Wynne also helped spring EJ loose on the play with a great block on the Cowboys best defender. Our extra point failed and we would take a 12-6 lead with 4:35 left in the game. Our defense really tightened up on the Cowboys and we had some great plays by some hustling kids out there in the final quarter. On a 3rd and long, the Cowboys once again put the ball on the ground and this time it was Raashid Abulawi that recovered for us. We then were able to melt the clock and force the Cowboys to use their timeouts. We had a couple nice runs from Blake and EJ on the drive. Blake and Tytan would also hook up on a 15-yard pass to put us in scoring position. The Cowboys would hold and get the ball back in time for a couple of plays but our defense held and we would come away with a hard fought 12-6 win.
The win moves us to 2-0 on the young season and sets up a huge game versus the McGill Raiders next week. It's a battle for 1st place in the league standings. The winner of this game will be in the drivers seat to be in the city championship game at the end of the season. Should be a fun one.
Our offensive player of the week for week 2 of the season is Blake Forsgren. He had a good game last night versus the Orr Cowboys. Blake rushed for a touchdown and completed several passes in the game. He also had 4 tackles in the game on defense and deflected a pass late in the game that could have lead to a long gain for the Cowboys. Blake is the leader of our team from the quarterback position and is as good of a young man as I have ever coached. We are very proud of you Blake and congrats for being named our offensive player of the week!
Our defensive player of the week for week 2 of the season is Raashid Abulawi. Raashid had a good game last night versus the Orr Cowboys. He recorded two tackles in the game and recovered a fumble late in the game that helped us hold on and secure a 12-6 win. Raashid is a great kid that always gives 110% and is fun to coach and be around. Congrats Raashid, we are very proud of you!
We got those first game jitters out of the way pretty early in this one. The boys have practiced hard and was ready to hit someone other than themselves tonight. It didn't take long for us to take control of this game and the outcome was never in doubt early in this one. We would get the ball to start the game and EJ Zanders would take a pitch from Blake Forsgren and dart 63 yards down the sidelines for a quick 6-0 Steelers lead. We would commit a penalty on the extra point and was not able to convert.
The NCR Spartans got the ball with 4:53 left in the opening quarter and found yards hard to come by against our defense. Tytan Wynne and Michael McGee would stuff a couple of running plays up the middle for no gain. Tytan would then recover a fumble and we were back in business at the Spartans 20-yard line. This time Blake and Vahn Arzoumanian would connect on a 20-yard touchdown pass to give us a 12-0 lead with 2:09 left in the opening quarter. Presley Chitwood converted the extra point to make it a 13-0 Steelers lead.
The Spartans next possession would end much like their first. Hunter Hansen, Raashid Abulawi and Brody McDaniel all made great plays to stop the Spartans running attack. On a 3rd and long, Brody and Vahn would stuff the quarterback and the Spartans were going backwards again. On 4th and long, Tytan busted thru the line and would sack the QB, giving the ball back to our offense with 5:45 left in the 2nd quarter. Our offense wasted no time getting us back on the scoreboard. Presley would rattle off a 19-yard gain, moving the ball to the Spartans 21-yard line. Blake and Vahn would hook up once again on a 19-yard pass to the 2-yard line. Blake would then cap the drive off with a QB sneak behind his offensive line to give us a 19-0 lead. Presley once again converted the extra point and we would hold a 20-0 lead with 4:42 left in the half.
On the Spartans next possession, they would fumble on the first play and Blake Forsgren was there to fall on the ball and give it back to our offense. This time our drive would stall, as we committed a couple of penalities and dropped a long pass. We also had a bad snap and the drive stalled as the halftime buzzer sounded.
The 3rd quarter would see us put the finishing touches on this one. NCR tried to get a drive going but our defense was up to the challenge. On a 4th and long, EJ Zanders picked off a pass and would dart 40 yards for a touchdown. Presley converted the extra point and we would take a 27-0 lead heading into the final quarter. The 4th quarter went by in a flash as the mercy rule was in effect and the clock never stops. This one would end with us notching the 27-0 win.
It was a great first game for our kids. I'm very proud of how the guys played. We have some things to correct before next week, as things get much tougher against the Orr Cowboys. See you all at practice this week.
Our offensive player of the week for week 1 of the season is EJ Zanders. He had a really great game on Monday night, as he finished with 87 yards on 3 carries and scored one rushing touchdown. EJ also played on defense and intercepted a pass in the 3rd quarter and ran it back 40 yards for a Steelers touchdown. EJ has really stepped up so far for us this season. He has done well in pre-season practices and really has become one of our team leaders on both sides of the ball. Congrats EJ, we are very proud of you!
Our defensive player of the week for week 1 of the season is Tytan Wynne. Man what a game he had on Monday night. Tytan finished the game with not 1 but 2 fumble recoveries, a quarterback sack and 5 tackles. He was in "BEAST" mode out there on defense. Tytan has improved so much from last season and is playing good football on both sides of the ball. He plays Tight End on offense and has the best set of hands on the team. Just a matter of time before he gets him a TD to go along with the other stats he put up on Monday night. Congrats Tytan, we are very proud of you!
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