Written by Ty Holder and P.T. Hall Friday, 27 August 2010 00:00
June was the kickoff for this year’s Tiny Mites Westbury Wolverines summer football season (ages range from 5-7). The Wolverines, headed by Coach Andrew Stewart and his assistants, set out to recreate the magic of being the undefeated champions of the 2009 season – a team that held their opponents scoreless all season long. While looking at the bevy of young, eager faces hanging on to every word that was spoken, Coach Stewart asked, “Are you going to win it all?” The players chanted in synchronized eruption of tiny voice they screamed, “YES!” They truly meant it.
The road to the Gridiron Bowl Championship was a long seven-week journey with six opponents. The Wolverines started their quest to glory with an unmatched ferocity. Week after week, opponent after opponent, the result was the same, they came, they saw … Wolverines conquered! The Tiny Mites division of the Wolverines performed magically.
Now 6-0, the Tiny Mites achieved their sought-after undefeated season. All that stood in the way of winning it all was the Brooklyn Chiefs. The last time they crossed paths, the Wolverines established their dominance with a 21-13 victory. As the championship game commenced, there was a marked difference. The Wolverines seemed distant, unfocused, scattered, unlike the well-oiled machine of the past six weeks.
The Chiefs scored first and the Wolverines immediately answered and tied the game just before the half. At the start of the third quarter the Chiefs scored once more and after a Wolverines fumble the Chiefs scored again, making the score 19-6. The thought of losing it all was the spark the Wolverines needed. The fire was lit! In 30 seconds the Wolverines marched down the field, scored and got the extra point making the score 19-13. Unfortunately, it was not soon enough. Time ran out and the Wolverines lost to the Chiefs 19-13. It was a sad end to a truly magical season.
When Coach Stewart was asked what happened, he replied, “Some of my players were missing and others were not 100 percent due to injuries.”
Nevertheless, the Wolverines, an unlimited and unrestricted Gridiron National Youth Football League, are getting ready for the start of their Mighty Mites fall season. The teams are competitive and tough and excited about victory and learning the true meaning of sportsmanship. The Westbury Wolverines welcomes all newcomers to join either the Football or Cheerleading Teams.
For more information, contact Andrew or Melissa Stewart at 451- 0484 or visit the website at www.westburywolverines.com. For actual footage of the games, please visit the league website at www.ginyli.com