New­ton County Pack­ers ex­cel dur­ing tour­na­ments

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By Alan Howard Spe­cial to The Cov­ing­ton News

New­ton County Re­cre­ation De­part­ment’s Di­vi­sion I (8 and un­der) All Stars have com­pleted their play of two tour­na­ments af­ter be­ing picked for the All-Star team at the end of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Tim Tukes was the head coach of the New­ton County All Stars along with as­sis­tant coaches Crosby Broad­wa­ter, Benny Franklin, Robert Black and Alan Howard.

The play­ers in­cluded Joshua Tukes, Chris Broad­wa­ter, Robert Black, David Butso, Chan­dler Sweat, An­thony Robin­son, Darvin Jones, Ja­maris Jef­fries, Mar­quis Davis, Spur­geon Gaither, Dex­ter Scott, Ste­vie Howard, Jer­maine McSween, Cort Wil­liamson, Wen­del Lee, Eric Stokes, Ja­marco Wil­liams, Blake Roberts, Justin John­son, Chavis Franklin and Koby Perry.

The New­ton County Pack­ers won their first tour­na­ment, which was the Ge­or­gia Bowl II played in Mon­roe. The Pack­ers eas­ily dom­i­nated the field of 12 teams by de­feat­ing Grayson (28-0), Perry (26-0), Lawrenceville (12-0) and Jones County (280) in the cham­pi­onship.

The sec­ond tour­na­ment was the 13th An­nual South­east Na­tional Youth Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship in Ma­con, which ended Sun­day. This tour­na­ment had many more teams from all over the South­east.

The Pack­ers beat the Red Rams from St. Louis, Miss. (34-0), the Thomas­ton Vik­ings (28-0), Har­ris County

(40-0), Albany by for­feit (no show) and the C-Met Pan­thers from Char­lotte, N.C. (34-0).

The Pack­ers were the only team to get to the cham­pi­onship with­out los­ing a sin­gle game or to have any team score on their ex­cep­tional de­fense. Their per­fect record and score­less de­fense lost their first and fi­nal game in a close bat­tle with the At­lanta Longhorns, 13-6, dur­ing the cham­pi­onship game.

With a 9-1 record, the Pack­ers outscored their op­po­nents 238 to 13. The of­fense rushed for 1,777 yards, av­er­ag­ing 26 points per game and for 222 yards.

Pro­tected by an of­fen­sive line which av­er­aged 107 pounds, Eric Stokes led the ex­plo­sive back­field, run­ning for 557 yards on 35 at­tempts and 11 touch­downs. The de­fense was led by Koby Perry and Chavis Franklin with 36 tack­les each.

With only two weeks to put a team to­gether, which would even­tu­ally com­pete in two tour­na­ments in the New­ton County Di­vi­sion I All Stars, the Pack­ers were ex­tremely suc­cess­ful.

Coach Tutes kept say­ing through­out prac­tice and at games that the “G” on the hel- met stood for “Great Kids.”

Tutes was very proud of the way his team per­formed be­cause in both tour­na­ments the New­ton County Pack­ers faced travel teams that have been play­ing to­gether for a whole sea­son, while some teams have been play­ing to­gether for sev­eral years.

Sub­mit­ted Photo

Lords of the grid­iron: The New­ton County Div. I All-Star Team (Pack­ers) went 9-1 in two tour­na­ments. Pic­tured back row, left to right: Coaches Robert Black, Alan Howard, Tim Tukes, Crosby Broad­wa­ter and Benny Franklin; mid­dle, l to r: Chris Broad­wa­ter, Cort Wil­liamson, Joshua Tukes, Chan­dler Sweat, Mar­quis Davis, Chavis Franklin, Ja­maris Jef­fries, Darvin Jones, Koby Perry, An­thony Robin­son and WEn­del Lee; front, l to r: Jer­maine McSween, Blake Roberts, Eric Stokes, Robert Black, Dex­ter Scott, Ste­vie Howard, Spur­geon Gather, David Butso and Ja­marco Wil­liams.

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