The Portland 10-11 year old youth football team has made it to the Superbowl of the Middle Tennessee Jr. Pro League. The Panthers sport a 10-0 record with a pair of playoff wins after finishing the regular season undefeated.
The Purple have scored 272 points for an average of 27 points per game and given up 24 points, including posting seven shutouts.
“It’s been a fun ride so far,” Coach Justin Renfro said Sunday evening.” We have a mixture of talent and hard workers and that is a good combination to have. They are very coachable and self-motivating. We are not very big, but very fundamentally sound.”
On offense, the Panthers have hit the 40 point mark twice and scored 38 in two contests and 30 in another. The two closest games for the Panthers were a 7-0 win over the Sumner County Knights and a 6-0 victory over East Robertson.
Last week, the Purple advanced to the Super bowl by defeating East Robertson 30-6.
“We distribute the football to the talent in the backfield,” Renfro explained. “We have spped and we have hard runners. Defensively, we run to the football and are very quick. We are one of the quickest teams in the league.”
One of the most exciting games of the season so far was the 6-0 squeaker over East Robertson for the division title. The Panthers scored in the last nine seconds for the win to continue their trek to the SuperBowl.
“We had a rematch with East Robertson Saturday and won 30-6,” Renfro remarked. “We want to improve each time we take the field.”
In Saturdays contest, Freddy Paxton had two touchdowns, Andrew Polston caught a scoring strike from Jacob Croslin and Croslin also had a touchdown run, as did Jalen Pero.
Portland’s opponent this Saturday is Pleasantview, who also comes into the game undefeated.
“Pleasant View is a god squad and physical,” Renfro said. “It should be an interesting game and we are looking forward to it. We want to finish the season undefeated and it would mean so much to these kids. For some of them, it will the last time playing for the Portland Youth Football league.”
Renfro was quick to give tons of credit to the assistant coaches on the staff. Curtis Rogan (Defensive Coordinator), George Carroll (Defensive Backs-Quarterbacks), Jr Garretson (Linebackers), Michael Creekmore (Runningbacks), Steven Modlin (Practice Coach)and Eddie Panabaker (Offensive Line-Defensive Ends) make up the coaching staff for the team.
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“They make my job easier,” Renfro noted.
Saturday’s Superbowl battle against Pleasantview will start at 1 p.m. at Cheatham County High School.
Portland 41 Cheatham County 0
Portland 26 South Cheatham 12
Portland 7 Sumner County Knights 0
Portland 41 White House West 0
Portland 27 White House East 0
Portland 18 Springfield 0
Portland 38 Greenbrier 0
Portland 6 East Robertson 0
Portland 38 Jo Bryns 0
Portland 30 East Robertson 6
Members of the team are Tony Hall, Owen Carroll, Cameron Broderick, Arthuro Estrada, Ryan Gregory, Nikolas Averitt, Seth Hackney, Jacob Croslin, Braylon Dowlen, Yamarion Fitts, Cody West, Jalen Pero, Bryson Freddie Paxton, Jacob Modlin, Mason Swonger, Jack Perry, Andrew Polston, Travis Petty, Logan Taylor, Vincent Scott, Owen Boling and Brody Troutt.