Morgan Academy Pee Wee Football team finished unbeaten

Published 4:38 am Monday, December 4, 2023

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By Staff Reports

The Selma Times-Journal

After losing only one game the previous year, Morgan Academy Pee Wee football had an even stronger season this year finishing with a perfect 8-0 record.

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Third-year head coach James Roberts seemed to think the young Senators had a chance to be special this year but did not expect them to be this dominating.

“We knew we had a chance to be pretty explosive on offense, but I really wasn’t sure how our defense would be,” said Roberts.

“We lost a lot of good players from last year’s team, but these kids came in and worked extremely hard to be even better than last year’s defense. Our 1st team defense did not give up a single point all year, which is a remarkable feat”.

Defensively the team was led by Jaxson Reed, Goodwin Alsobrook, Pratt Lovinggood, JT Hewston, and Ford Culpepper on the defensive line; Holden Osborn, Landon Rives, and JJ Sheehan at linebacker; and Pope Roberts, Jase Wilkinson, Lance Ward, and Jude Jones at defensive back.

Quarterback Pope Roberts led the Morgan Academy Senators’ explosive offensive attack accounting for over 2,400 total yards passing and rushing, along with 29 touchdowns.

Leading the receiving/ rushing attack was Lance Ward with over 1000 total yards and 12 touchdowns.  Also contributing to the Senators’ offensive attack were Jaxson Reed, Jase Wilkinson, Goodwin Alsobrook, and JJ Sheehan. Roberts noted that none of their offensive success would have been possible without the strong line play of Bram Burton, Gunnar LoBue, Landon Rives, Pratt Lovinggood, Emmett Pitts, and Hudson Edwards.

“We had 48 kids on our team- most likely a record for Morgan Academy. With us leading every game by 30 points at halftime, we were able to give every player an opportunity to get a lot of playing time,” said Roberts. The Senators outscored their opponents by an average of 47-8.

“We may be struggling at our high school level right now, but I know the future is bright at Morgan Academy. At the conclusion of our last game, I told these kids that if they continue working hard and playing together as a team, there will be championships in their futures.”