NORWALK, Conn. – The Norwalk Packers fourth-grade team lost to Hartford, 13-12, for the American Youth Football state title Sunday in Meriden. The Packers finish the season 9-2.
“We’re happy with the season,’’ coach Bert Borges said. “The team was in every game. The kids are 9 years old, and they were nervous. Once they settled down they played a good game.”
Hartford scored on its opening drive, but Roderick Olson stopped the extra point. Norwalk answered early in the second quarter on a 2-yard run by Nemo Harris to tie the game.
Hartford scored again late in the second quarter and added the conversion. Norwalk moved deep into Hartford territory but could not score before time expired, leaving the Packers in a 13-6 hole at halftime.
The Packers dominated the second half, and scored in the third quarter on an 8-yard run by Mysonne Pollard. Harris had several big runs in the 60-yard drive that set up the score. Norwalk fumbled the snap on the extra point, and missed the conversion.
Norwalk appeared to take the lead in the fourth quarter on a touchdown run by Khalil Eason, but the play was called back on a penalty. The Packers were moving late in the game, but ran out of time to punch in the go-ahead score.
Harris had nearly 80 yards rushing, and Pollard added about 60 all-purpose yards, Borges said. Eason contributed several nice runs. “Defensively we had a decent game,’’ Borges said. “They had one first down in the second half, and that was due to a penalty.”
Borges said Hartford’s first touchdown stunned the Packers, and they bounced back to play a solid game. “I think the kids were a little bit nervous, and we got shocked by that first score,’’ Borges said. “We got settled in and played pretty well. We just needed some more time.”