Cobras defeat Little Doughboys in season opener
September 25, 2013
FORT BENNING, Ga., (Sept. 25, 2013) -- Child, Youth & School Services kicked off its season Saturday in the 9- to 10-year-old tackle football league with the Cobras taking on the Little Doughboys on French Field with the Cobras coming away a 20-6 winner.
The Little Doughboys received the opening kickoff and kept the ball for the 12 of the 13 plays in the first quarter, but facing a fourth-and-8 from the Cobras 13 yard line, were unable to convert and turned the ball over on downs.
Moving into the second quarter, the Cobras put together a five-play, 80-yard drive and scored on a pass from Devon Keith to Donovan Dearman and with the conversion, led 8-0.
On the Little Doughboys ensuing second-and-14, the Little Doughboys fumbled and the Cobras scooped up the ball and returned it for 41 yards to put the Cobras on top, 14-0.
On the second half kickoff, the Cobras struck again with Donovan fielding an attempted onside kick at the Cobras 32-yard line and taking it the distance for the touchdown and a 20-0 lead.
With time running out, the Little Doughboys scored on a 1-yard plunge from Scott Degenhardt for the final score.
Following the game, Cobras coach Anthony Bair said he was proud of his mostly inexperienced team and they way they played.
"It was a lot of our players first season," Bair said. "It was good. We got our first win of the season and the players had fun."
Bair said with the limited amount of time he has to practice, getting the fundamentals down was the most important thing in the first game.
"We wanted to mostly just get the plays right, make sure everyone was in the right position, make sure everyone was blocking and getting the ball downfield and getting touchdowns."
Bair said the defense was the most challenging, along with special teams.
"Defense was a little harder," he said. "We're trying to mostly work on our line play, because we have a lot of small guys."
The Cobras defense scored in all three phases of the game, offense, defense and special teams.
"It was a little surprising," Bair said. "On special teams, we haven't worked on it that much. We're only given an hour twice a week to practice and it doesn't leave much time to practice special teams before we get out here and play the games.
"We definitely haven't run through onside kicks," he said, referring to the touchdown off an onside kick. We just told them to line up on the side and they got to their blocks. On defense, they were alert."
On defense, Mark-Anthony Prescot was difficult for the Little Doughboys to stop.
"This is his (Mark-Anthony) second year playing and he's a little bigger than the rest … I think he, fundamentally, gets it more and is faster than the other players," Bair said.