Jackals sixth-graders go out as winners
Post Independent Staff
Three seasons ago, when they entered the Three Rivers Youth Football program as third-graders, the New Castle Jackals started the season as no-names and concluded the year as Super Bowl champions.
As their combined reputations grew throughout the valleywide league, the Jackals added to their postseason titles with championship game wins as fourth- and then fifth-graders.
After going 3-for-3 in postseason contests, New Castle’s sixth-graders wanted to end their youth-level careers with a fourth title.
On Sunday, the eldest Jackals got their wish.
New Castle’s defense forced five turnovers and used two touchdown runs by Ryan Moeller to post a 28-10 win over the Glenwood Little Demons to win the 2006 Division II Super Bowl, held at Glenwood Springs High School’s Stubler Memorial Field Sunday.
“This win gives me a lot of satisfaction since I started with (the players) as third-graders,” said head coach Dave Alderson.
“It was a great game,” Alderson added. “As a Three Rivers Youth board member, this is the kind of Super Bowl we’d like to have and what we’d like to see.”
Shay Belmont and Tyler Zimmerman also scored touchdowns for the Jackals.
Glenwood’s points came off a two-point safety by Bekkett Martin in the second quarter and a fourth quarter rushing touchdown from Austin Tribble.
“The first time we played Glenwood, it was a very physical game,” said Alderson. “It was the same today. They hit really hard, and we haven’t see that kind of hitting this year.”
Sunday’s game was Alderson’s last as a Jackals coach. Prior to his tenure at New Castle, Alderson coached TRY teams in Glenwood.
During his eight years in the program, Alderson’s three oldest sons ” John, Nick and Travis ” have been members of the teams he’s coached.
After middle school, John and Nick went on to star at Rifle High School.
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