by Artanza McGuire | @GenNexxtArtanza
(Atlanta, GA) It was the first round of the playoffs and the Metro Atlanta Youth Football League’s #1 contender, 6U Welcome All Panthers Blue were going head to head with the #8 team, 6U Old National Knights Purple. It was a riveting first half, the 2nd possession of the 1st quarter resulted in Welcome All’s quarterback #3 McClain scoring a touchdown that set the tone for the rest of the game. Score: 7-0. The Knights defensively came back strong, but it caused the Panther’s offense to fumble and recover the ball two downs in a row. Despite the Panther’s mistakes, on the 4th down of the same drive, #39 ran the ball into the end zone, only to face a holding penalty and have the touchdown called back.
Called back touchdowns seemed to be the recurring theme of the game. In the 2nd quarter Panther’s #3McClain touchdown was also called back. Although there was a lot of intense and even disruptivespirit coming from the fan sidelines, the Panther’s #3 McClain was still able to blaze with lighting speed to the end zone and score another touchdown. No flags were called, making the score 13-0. After the Panther’s #3McClain impressive 15 yard throw to #5 the Panthers moved the chained down the field and were able to finish the 2nd quarter with #3 McClain scoring another touchdown. Score 19-0.
After both teams returned to the field from halftime, it appeared as if the Knights were defensively stronger than before. Although there were no points on the board for the Knights, they were able to keep the Panthers from scoring for most of the 3rd quarter. It was until the last 1:30 seconds of the quarter when once again Welcome All’s #3 McClain exploded and scored another touchdown setting the Panther’s lead to 26-0.
The 4th quarter proved to be a predictable as the Panther’s #3 McClain scored a touchdown and receives a penalty, which forced it to get called back. Then within the next possession #3 McClain gets hold of the ball again and claims the end zone as his “own” zone. The 6U Welcome All Panthers Blue walked away with a 32-0 victory over the 6U Old National Knights maintaining their undefeated season of 9-0, and advancing them to the next round of the playoffs against the 6U Ben Hill Tigers!