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During the course of the season, the sixth grade football players in the Stephens County Youth Football Association put it all on the line for their respective teams.
Thursday night saw them do it once more, but with a twist this time.
Members of Duncan elementary schools came together to form one team, while Comanche and Marlow formed the other team as the 2012 All-Area game took place from Halliburton Stadium.
With 1:18 in the fourth, Horace Mann’s Brody Jessen sealed the game for his team with a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown to give team Duncan a 13-0 victory.
“I think the event was a culmination of how competitive this season as a whole was,” SCYFA Coordinator and Horace Mann head coach Stan Morris said. “The outcome was about what we expected it to be. All of these kids deserved to play out here tonight because of how hard they worked.”
With the Marlow-Comanche team driving late in the contest, Jessen stepped in to collect a tipped pass and return it for the touchdown, sealing the game.
“I relaxed at that moment,” Morris said about the interception. “Brody is normally a back for us, but this season he had to play on the line because of injuries. I was proud to see him shine at his true position tonight.”
Team Duncan got on the board first with a 62-yard run from Woodrow Wilson’s Kevin Wilson with 34 seconds left in the first half. Horace Mann’s Zane Mays added the extra point.
“Kevin is another talented athlete and a very good kid,” Morris said. “He had taken some ‘unnecessary roughness’ during a few plays in the game. We just pulled him aside and calmed him down because we knew he was capable of making a big play.”
When the horn sounded, MVP awards were given to Marlow’s Tyler Eaves and Shawn Davis, while the MVP awards on the Duncan side were awarded to Horace Mann’s Brody Jessen and Ryan Epley.
“This is a much better league when you have to play your best every week,” Morris said. “We’re hoping next year is just as great as this year was. Hopefully we’ll have a great turnout and a lot more kids come out.”