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Week 12
Pic of Cumberland Celebrating Championship
FAREWELL TO ANOTHER GREAT SEASON
by Webmaster
Much talent and great competition have been provided by the youths and teams of the League this year. A great addition has been the Terre Haute Boy's and Girl's Club; the seventh and eighth grade squad made the playoffs, and ended up only losing one regular season and one playoff game, both to Marshall. In fact, the age group was full of successful teams, with Casey-Westfield, Paris, Terre Haute and Marshall all with 3 or fewer lost games. Marshall in fact only lost once - in the Championship game. Although it is true that the seventh and eighth grade Cumberland and Tri-County teams made the playoffs with five losses each, and having lost more games than they won in the regular season, both teams between them had one loss only in the Small Division. Cumberland seventh and eighth closed with strength this season, winning their last three games (including post season games) and proved their mettle by winning the Championship.

Cumberland fifth and sixth was dominant in both the regular season and playoffs this year, having gone through 10 games without a loss, taking the Division and League regular season titles, and the Championship. Marshall and Paris had the two next best regular season records, and both teams made the playoffs. Although Casey-Westfield had a better record than Martinsville, Martinsville made the playoffs with a winning regular season and by only losing to Cumberland in the Small Division. Martinsville demonstrated they belonged in the playoffs with a sound defensive effort in their shut out playoff loss to Cumberland.
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CHAMPIONSHIP SCORES

FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADE

Cumberland 7 - Marshall 6

SEVENTH AND EIGHTH GRADE

Cumberland 16 - Marshall 7

FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADE STANDINGS

Small Division

TEAM WINS LOSSES TIES
Cumberland 5 0 0
Martinsville 3 2 0
Palestine-Hutsonville 2 2 0
Tri-County 1 3 0
Oblong 0 4 0

Large Division

TEAM WINS LOSSES TIES
Marshall 5 0 0
Paris 3 2 0
Casey-Westfield 2 2 0
Terre Haute 1 3 0
Newton 0 4 0

League Record

TEAM WINS LOSSES TIES
Cumberland 11 0 0
Marshall 9 2 0
Paris 7 3 0
Casey-Westfield 6 3 0
Martinsville 5 5 0
Terre Haute 3 6 0
Palestine-Hutsonville 3 6 0
Tri-County 2 7 0
Newton 1 8 0
Oblong 0 9 0

SEVENTH AND EIGHTH GRADE STANDINGS

Small Division

TEAM WINS LOSSES TIES
Cumberland 5 0 0
Tri-County 3 2 0
Oblong 2 2 0
Martinsville 1 3 0
Palestine-Hutsonville 0 4 0

Large Division

TEAM WINS LOSSES TIES
Marshall 5 0 0
Terre Haute 3 2 0
Paris 2 2 0
Casey-Westfield 1 3 0
Newton 0 4 0

League Record

TEAM WINS LOSSES TIES
Cumberland 6 5 0
Marshall 10 1 0
Terre Haute 8 2 0
Paris 7 2 0
Casey-Westfield 6 3 0
Newton 4 5 0
Tri-County 4 6 0
Oblong 2 7 0
Martinsville 1 8 0
Palestine-Hutsonville 1 8 0

CUMBERLAND FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADE OWNS THE FIELD

Picture of Cumberland Touchdown

The fifth and sixth grade Championship game was highlighted by great defensive efforts by both teams, with a total of 12 points scored by both offensive units combined. The kicking game made the difference.

The teams each moved the ball a little in the early part of the first quarter, but were forced to punt or otherwise give up their possessions. The Cumberland Junior Pirates scored first with a touchdown pass at 3:25 left in the first quarter. The Junior Pirates executed what has seemed a rarity in the League, a successful point after attempt by their kicker, who split the uprights to give Cumberland a seven point lead. Marshall received the kickoff from Cumberland, and quickly scored their own touchdown. However, Marshall failed to convert the two point extra points attempt at 1:08 in the first quarter. Each team was able to move the ball in the second quarter, but the opposing defense shut the drives down well before scoring range. Marshall fumbled the ball with 12 seconds remaining in the first half.

The scoreless see saw battle continued all through the second half, with each defense shining. Throughout the game, Cumberland's Ross Hemmen displayed quick and evasive running for positive yardage. Not to be outdone, Marshall's quarterback Jacob Shaffner proved equally skilled in passing and running. Cumberland's efforts to drive the ball with running plays ran out of steam towards the end, enabling Marshall's offense to try again to win the game. However, Cumberland's defense remained strong. At last Shaffner dropped back, was rushed heavily by the outstanding defensive line, and wildly threw the ball in a desperation interception to effectively end Marshall's hopes.

Both teams played full blast throughout, and the fifth and sixth grade Championship ended with only one Champion, but two winning teams.

As the Cumberland team gathered around to celebrate victory, Head Coach Kenny Keyser praised his players, and emphasized the importance of every team member to the Championship. Coach Keyser grabbed a handful of grass from the field and said, “There are great things ahead for you guys. [This grass] will be a reminder to what you did here today.” And Keyser and several of the assistants bagged up several handfuls of grass into Ziploc bags.

CUMBERLAND TRIUMPHS OVER MARSHALL FOR CHAMPIONSHIP

Picture of First Cumberland Touchdown

Everyone was prepared for the undefeated Marshall Lions to overwhelm the 5-5 Cumberland Junior Pirates in the seventh and eighth grade Championship game. However, it seems that no one in Cumberland opened the text message outlining how the game was supposed to unfold.

Marshall started the game with a sustained drive, and with about 5 minutes left in the first quarter, had taken the ball past the Cumberland 40 yard line, when possibly the worst aspect of football happened. The Junior Pirates Nathan Carter applied what has been described as a ferocious but clean hit to Marshall's Cody Turner, who was injured on the play. The injury was significant enough to take precautions, and resulted in a 10 minute game delay. The Marshall program always has an ambulance standing by, but unfortunately, at that moment, the ambulance had left for a call. The coaches / trainers carefully stabilized the athlete, who was conscious, and a local man, Norman Tingley, helped, and allowed Turner to be removed from the field in Tingley's minivan. The injury and delay seemed to fuel the Lions, who scored with a touchdown strike by quarterback Wade Tharp on the next play, which gave the Lions a seven to nothing lead.

The Junior Pirates received the ensuing kickoff at 4:47 in the first quarter, and put together a long drive of their own, fueled by a breakaway play by Ryan Yaw, which took Cumberland past mid field to inside the 10 yard line. Cumberland scored a touchdown on third down, but failed to convert two points, and trailed 7-6 late in the first quarter.

Both teams were able to move the ball in the second quarter, but the quarter was dominated by the defenses' ability to shut down promising offensive drives. Of particular note was Marshall's Wade Tharp scrambling to the outside for big rushing yards every time he was flushed out of the passing pocket.

The third quarter began with a similar game flow to the second. About midway into the third quarter, Cumberland's defensive secondary began covering the outside on Tharp's scramble attempts, and shut down Tharp's outside scrambles. The Junior Pirates' Head Coach explained, “Our defensive adjustment was actually made 3 weeks ago going into the last regular game of the season.” Cumberland's solid defense, coupled with some mistakes by Marshall, led to a safety against Marshall at the end of the third quarter. The safety seemed to completely deflate the undefeated Lions. Cumberland's Ryan Yaw scored another breakaway touchdown with 7:45 in the fourth quarter, which was the end of the scoring at 16-7.

Outstanding play on both sides, particularly the defenses, was the hallmark of this game. Quarterback Wade Tharp of Marshall played an excellent game, and if the League had issued a most valuable player award for the game, it surely would have gone to Ryan Yaw of Cumberland, who starred on both offense and defense. Coach Magee said, “Our boys worked [hard] and did what they needed to win. They played with a lot of heart and intensity. I always preached to the boys that in order to beat the bigger schools we needed to play perfect. Saturday night was about as perfect as we can get. We didn't have any penalties and only gave up one turn over with a dropped snap. I am very proud of our group ... and their accomplishments.... Marshall has a great football program and a awesome group of kids and they finished the year with a undefeated regular season record. That is something to be very proud of.”

LEAGUE ALLSTARS HONORED

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Picture of Marshall Seventh and Eighth Grade Allstars

The League Championship Game has two purposes: intense Championship competitions, with an Allstar award ceremony, in fact a celebration, sandwiched between the games. The Allstar award is not necessarily given to those with demonstrated playing ability, but is given for leadership and good sportsmanship, both on and off the field.

Every year the faces of the Allstar players show pride and accomplishment. Because it is after the fifth and sixth grade Championship, the Champion Allstars are always jubilant, and the League Runner-Ups have apparent mixed feelings: proud of their Allstar status, but disappointed that they had just lost the Championship. The Allstars of the two teams waiting to appear in the seventh and eighth grade Championship usually appear more focused on their upcoming performance than their Allstar status, and are typically anxious to get back in the fold of their team.

On the whole, the ceremony has the atmosphere of a party. Those Allstars who have no involvement in the Championship games are relaxed, and happy. The field is always crowded with parents, coaches, League officials and the press, and the folks taking pictures seem to be having as much fun as the kids.

This year the event was emceed by Joey O'Rourke, who broadcasts Marshall Lions sporting events on a local radio station. O'Rourke enhanced the entire evening with his excellent work; he also announced both games from the Press Box. Unfortunately for the Allstar portion of the event, O'Rourke's radio signal from his cordless mike was on the ragged edge of being out of signal range, and not all of his statements were heard by the onlookers. There were no similar technical issues of the game announcements.

FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADE TEAM

CASEY-WESTFIELD

#34 A.J. Stepina
#88 Noah Livingston
#54 Layden Duniphan
#55 Nathan Fouty

CUMBERLAND

#3 Michael Flier
#41 Cole Healy
#34 Wyatt Wright
#14 Isaac Cox
#39 Nick Dill
#25 Blayne Donsback
#31 Cameron Jones

MARSHALL

#56 Jesse Burdick
#73 Ethan Harper
#59 Aulden Boyd
#23 Jacob Shaffner
#34 Brayden Francis
#51 John Siverly
#22 Elijah Strode

MARTINSVILLE

#63 Ty Toner
#71 Marcus Snearley
#50 Samual Keller
#13 Lane Ryan
#46 Austin Youngwolf
#00 Carlos Herrera

NEWTON

Payton Birch
Zach Stark

OBLONG

#43 Timothee Staley
#66 Eli Wartsbaugh

PALESTINE-HUTSONVILLE

#6 Christopher Thacker
#51 Weston Benton
#10 Evan Newlin
#95 Dalton Mattingly

PARIS

#25 Santiago Imeroni
#46 Coy Landrum
#13 Ethan Atkinson
#6 Hunter Newlin
#36 Nathan Zorn
#87 Hudson Hollis

TERRE HAUTE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB

#90/#99 Davon Cooper
#20 Wyatt Maxwell
#7 Collier Jerrell

TRI-COUNTY

#10 Mitch Pollock
#33 Lane Bisby
#14 Cody Weber
#4 Drew Bevill

CHEERLEADERS
(Note: Some Programs Do Not Have Cheerleaders)

CASEY-WESTFIELD

Alyssa Decker
Rebecca Phillippi

CUMBERLAND

Bailey Antrim
Katelyn Yaw

MARSHALL

Megan Crome
Molley Hoggatt

MARTINSVILLE

Jocelyn England
Aubrey Hook

TRI-COUNTY

Katelyn Lang
Madison Shirley

SEVENTH AND EIGHTH GRADE TEAM

CASEY-WESTFIELD

#7 Jared Brandenburg
#62 T.J. Cox
#11 James Phillippi

CUMBERLAND

#52 Nathan Carter
#45 Trevor Curry-Henderson
#58 Franklin Nichols
#15 Evan James
#90 Christian Green
#46 Colton Scott
#81 Ryan Yaw

MARSHALL

#70 Cole Boyer
#33 Ethan Evans
#17 Garrett Frank
#64 Gavin Scott
#65 Blaine Shumaker
#30 James Strode
#44 Cody Turner

MARTINSVILLE

#15 Garrett Branson
#72 Aaron Fry
#10 Jason Smith

NEWTON

Austin Barthelme
Seth Wills

OBLONG

#21 Jared Bailey
#56 Cody Catt
#44 Jayce Fielder
#96 Trey Potts

PALESTINE-HUTSONVILLE

#16 Matt Funk
#90 Conner Smith

PARIS

#62 Angus Beabout
#33 Kayin Lawson
#80 Chase Reed
#10 Alec Smith

TERRE HAUTE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB

#7 Cody Bergherm
#6 Brandon Chamberlin
#5 Blake Chatman
#4 Angelo Cooper III
#14 Kody Deckard
#20 Orion Roshel

TRI-COUNTY

#51 Jared Bennett
#5 Drake Bevill
#55 Conrad Gavin
#14 Joey Keske
#17 Kaden Weddle

CHEERLEADERS
(Note: Some Programs Do Not Have Cheerleaders)

CASEY-WESTFIELD

Mariah Loftis
Shelby Zellers

CUMBERLAND

Kyndal Powell
Alaska Ruholl

MARSHALL

Jadie Barnhart
Katie Leitch

MARTINSVILLE

Caitlyn Claypool
Audria Truelove

TRI-COUNTY

Olivia Baker
Holley Wakefield


LEAGUE OFFICERS

ALICE WALSH OF TRI-COUNTY ACCEPTS LEAGUE SERVICE AWARD

Picture of Alice Walsh Receiving League Service Award

Alice Walsh of Tri-County was honored with the second ever League Service Award, given by the League for years of outstanding service to the League and community. She received the award from Tom Tuttle of Paris, who received the award last year.

PRESIDENT Dan Truelove, Martinsville
VICE PRESIDENT Travis Magee, Cumberland
TREASURER Mike Rhoads, Marshall
SECRETARY Alice Walsh, Tri-County
PLAYER REP Robert Dane, Casey-Westfield
PLAYER REP Rob Street, Newton
PLAYER REP Ben Inboden, Oblong
PLAYER REP Dusty Elder, Palestine-Hutsonville
PLAYER REP Tom Tuttle, Paris
PLAYER REP Ruben Nieto, Terre Haute Boy's Club



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To develop youth physically, morally, mentally and spiritually through the teamwork, discipline, fairplay and comraderie of football.



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JULY 28
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AUGUST 3

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