On Saturday, Oct. 9, Weaverville/Douglas City Parks and Recreation Co-Ed Flag Football League sponsored by Velocity Communications kicked-off its season with Picture Day and the first week of games for the 2021 season. Games were played at Trinity High School’s football field starting at 11:45 a.m. in the Varsity Division (6th-8th graders). The Weaverville Huskies coached by Jennifer Collins and Collin Nagle squared off with the Douglas City Store Varsity Dawgs coached by Jesse Ragan. The Varsity Dawgs got their first win of the 2021 campaign, winning 26-13 behind two long rushing touchdowns from Miller Brown. The Dawgs leaned on the ground game using multiple running backs for their outside sweeps, while the Huskies preferred the air attack. The Huskies struggled to get their offense off the ground in the first half trailing 14-0 at the break before Donovan Schneider and Tyler Nagle scored a touchdown each to pull within one point of the lead early in the second half. However, the Dawg’s offense was just too prolific as they scored two more times in the final minutes to seal the win.
The next game that day took place at 12:30 p.m. in the JV Division (3rd-5th graders). The Weaverville Junior Wolves, coached by George Seele and Dustin Giddings, hosted the Big Valley Properties Phantoms who are coached by DeWayne Reuman and Melissa Robinson. Defense was the name of the game in this one. Both teams held the opposing offense to just one score in the first half as the Jr. Wolves held onto a slim 8-6 lead. The Jr. Wolves continued to play stingy defense in the second half, intercepting multiple Phantom passes and even capitalizing on two of those extra possessions to build upon their lead. The Jr. Wolves came out on top in this one winning 20-6 thanks to two second half scores from Gabe Callaway. Kendrick Bowman scored the lone touchdown for the Phantoms.
The final game of the day was at 1:15 p.m. in the Pee-Wee Division (K-2nd graders). Jesse Ragan’s Sheen Photography Pee-Wee Dawgs welcomed the “visiting” Weaverville Black Panthers who are coached by Thomas Stone and Thomas Mlakar. This game was filled with multiple adorable plays, including players running in the wrong direction even after running in the correct direction initially, players pulling their teammate’s flags rather than the opposing team’s flags, as well as players struggling to figure out how to both talk and wear a mouth piece at the same time. This is a brand of football that never lacks entertainment and will be fun to watch week-in and week-out.
Standings (through week 1)
Weaverville Junior Wolves 1 0
Big Valley Properties Phantoms 0 1
Douglas City Store Varsity Dawgs 1 0
Weaverville Huskies 0 1