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Norwalk Packers 6th-Graders Win 3rd Straight League Championship

The Norwalk Packers 6th grade football team celebrates its third straight league championship.
The Norwalk Packers 6th grade football team celebrates its third straight league championship. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. -- The Norwalk Packers 6th grade football team won its third straight league championship with a 36-27 win over the Hartford Wildcats.

Norwalk suffered a 13-12 loss to Hartford in the 4th grade state title game in  2012 and a 32-26 loss in the 2013 state title game. Hartford also beat Norwalk, 19-12, during a regular season game earlier this year.

The Packers took an eight-game winning streak into the rematch, which was played in gusty, swirling winds.

Norwalk scored first on a 34-yard run by Khalil Eason, and Nemo Harris' conversion run stake the Packers to an 8-0 lead.

Hartford answered with its own touchdown drive, but Norwalk extended the lead when Dean Tsinedis capped a 70-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run. Norwalk missed the conversion.

Hartford returned the kickoff for a touchdown, and the Packers took a 14-13 lead into halftime.

Hartford grabbed a 19-14 lead in the third quarter before the Packers answered with a 70-yard touchdown run by quarterback A.J. Robinson Harris added the conversion for a 22-19 Norwalk lead.

Lorenzo Delphino's big stop on a fourth-and-one for Hartford got the ball back for the Packers. Eason then dashed 53 yards to make it 28-19 midway through the fourth quarter.

The Packers turned to the their defense from there. Khamari Davis made a critical stop to end another Hartford drive. Eason ran 50 yards to put the ball on the Hartford 20-yard line, and later scored on 1-yard run. Harris added the PAT.

Hartford scored with 26 second left on a 45 yard pass. Roderick Olson recovered the onside kick and Norwalk took a knee to end the contest.

Ihzya valentine had a sack for the Packers Angel Bettancourt, Koy Price, Austin Hall, Tommy Brown, and Thomas Hargrove all had stellar performances for the defense.

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