ZACHARY – With helmets crashing and bodies colliding, the Zachary Junior Broncos took on the Central Wildcats Sunday.
Both undefeated teams met for the last game of the season. It was a game that almost didn’t happen.
“Even though the flood has affected us, and we don’t have that many players, we are still undefeated and still very good,” Wildcats defensive tackle Billy Edmonson said.
Some seven and eight-year-olds on both teams lost homes in the flood. Some players even lost their schools. There was also serious talk about canceling the season.
“Most of the kids didn’t even show up until after the season started because of the flood and being displaced,” Ted Hill said. Hill is a grandparent to one of the players. “It’s a tribute to everyone that this is even happening.”
In football, you leave everything on the field. And these youngsters pulled it all together to make it to the field Sunday.
“A group of seven and eight-year-olds came together as a family and lifted each other up,” Zachary coach Tim Brown said.
Tonight’s game was more than just a contest between two undefeated teams. It was a homecoming after facing near disaster.
“Majority of the team all had some type of loss,” Central coach Buck Tellilero said. “They’re all rebuilding but stayed dedicated to the team.”