The Fort Jackson Falcons 8 and under tackle football team won the Pop Warner 2021 State Championship 32-0 Oct. 30 at River Bluff High School in Lexington, South Carolina.
“It’s an incredible feeling to win the 2021 state championship,” said Darius Lane, the team’s head coach and Fort Jackson Youth Sports Coordinator. “Our athletes have been working extremely since Aug. 2 and all of it paid off.”
Unlike other teams where they may have roster stability, the Falcons face yearly turnover due to parents’ permanent change of station moves.
“We field a new team every season because of Families PCS’ing so it’s always challenging,” Lane added. “We don’t have the luxury of retaining our athletes as opposed to the other teams. For this team to mesh and really come together in such a short period of time says a lot about them.”
Next up for the Falcons in the Regional Championship game Nov. 20 in Concord, North Carolina.
According to the organization’s website the mission of Pop Warner “is to enable young people to benefit from participation in team sports and activities in a structured environment. Through this active participation, Pop Warner programs teach fundamental values, skills and knowledge that young people will use throughout their lives.”