The Bears’ Derrick Edwards Jr. runs for a big gain against the Dolphins in Wednesday night’s 7, 8, 9 and 10-year-old championship game at Memorial Stadium.  While Edwards Jr. and the offense shined Wednesday night, the Bears defense only allowed 14 points the entire season. All 14 points came against the Dolphins.--Daniel Evans
The Bears’ Derrick Edwards Jr. runs for a big gain against the Dolphins in Wednesday night’s 7, 8, 9 and 10-year-old championship game at Memorial Stadium. While Edwards Jr. and the offense shined Wednesday night, the Bears defense only allowed 14 points the entire season. All 14 points came against the Dolphins.-- Daniel Evans

49ers, Bears win youth football championships

Published 8:50pm Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Selma City Parks and Recreation Department crowned its two youth football champions Wednesday night.

The Bears defeated the Dolphins 26-8 in the 7, 8, 9 and 10 year old age group to win the championship, allowing only two scores all season — both to the Dolphins. Tyreshon Freeman scored all four touchdowns for the Bears, including a highlight reel play that saw him reverse field three times on a 77-yard touchdown run that put the game out of reach in the third quarter.

“That was crazy. The kid is an athlete,” Bears head coach Cajun Pritchett said of his running back’s long run.

Although the Bears offense shined, it was the defense that carried the team all season long.

“I told them if they play like a team, like they did all year, they will be successful,” Pritchett said. “Playing as a team, as a whole, means a lot. Defense wins game and offense sells tickets. We came out on top and I’m very proud of them.”

Meanwhile, Dolphins head coach Joe Dailey told his team to keep their heads up after the game. In two attempts to defeat the Bears this season, his team came up short, but his message was clear: A lot of teams wish they were second.

“I told them just hold your heads up. We came in second place. We did good,” Dailey said. “We made a couple of mistakes, but it is a learning experience for us. You win, you lose but you learn from it.”

In the other championship game, the 49ers held off the Vikings 8-0 to win the 10, 11 and 12 year old age division.

Devium Cunningham scored on a 21-yard touchdown run in the second quarter for the only score in the game. Javonte Stubbs added the two-point conversion.

The Vikings were unable to move the football against the undefeated 49ers, who were dominant all season long on both sides of the football.

“I’ll tell you what, from the first day of practice they all came to practice — everybody showed up,” Vikings head coach Andre Lamar said. “I have more younger guys than I have older guys that came back from last year, so this is a big accomplishment.”

Lamar said his team only had three 12-year-olds, so he was extremely proud of how well his team fared this season. With a great defense and Cunningham — who Lamar said is one of the best players in the league — running the ball, the 49ers were unbeatable this season.

“I think the 49ers made plays when they had to and we didn’t,” Vikings head coach Stacey Crenshaw said. “If we could’ve capitalized on some of their mistakes then we could’ve won the football game.”

The Vikings defense, which Crenshaw said his team relied on all season, kept his team in the game. The Vikings were unable to move the ball much and ended up just short of a title.

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