On November 18, Gordon Griffith’s 70-lbs Bucs football team took the field at Northeast High School and delivered a resounding 19-0 victory over Andover in the AAYFA Central Division title game to close the year with a 10-1 record and a league championship.
A 54-yard touchdown run by Carl Harrison Jr., a 52-yard score on a quarterback keeper by Winston Watkins and a 25-yard scoring run and subsequent extra point by Logan Williams lit up the scoreboard for the Bucs against Andover, who were led defensively by Jacob Jenkins, Kieren Berry and Landon O’Conner, who each had multiple tackles.
The championship victory came after the Bucs dismantled SRYA and GORC, 33-0 and 34-6, respectively, in the tournament’s first two rounds.
The Bucs received outstanding play throughout the playoff run and over the course of the whole season from the entire roster of Harrison Jr., Watkins, Jenkins, Berry, O’Conner, Logan Williams, Scott Williams, Freddie Baker, Zackary Heisler, Austin Bacchus, Kayden Nazarenus, Aaron Tingler, Ayden Dyke, Zackary Bell, Gordon Griffith and Christian Lopez.
The team is coached by Griffith, Assistant Coach Dave Tingler, Assistant Coach Victor Watkins, Assistant Coach Matt Robinson, Assistant Coach Scott Williams, Field Assistant Kamarin Berry and Assistant Coach Craig Bell.
“We had such a fun season, and I couldn’t be more proud of this group of boys,” said coach Griffith.
Making the day even more memorable was the special reunion of Kieren Berry and his father, Nevery Berry. Just two days prior to the championship game, Nevery Berry returned home from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan. As this was the first year Kieren Berry played football, the game was not only a championship victory, but the first time Kieren’s father got to see his son play. The team dedicated the game to Kieren and his dad and honored the elder Berry prior to game by waving American flags during introductions.
Coach Griffith said the solidarity of the group was present during the championship game and throughout the entire season.
“They grew together as a team, both on and off the field, throughout the year,” said Griffith. “The boys looked forward to playing together every day, and capping the season off with a championship made it even better.”