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ELLIS COUNTY - The Ellis County Youth Football League (ECYFL) held its annual divisional Super Bowl games on Saturday, Nov. 19. This year cities representing the ECYFL included Red Oak, Waxahachie, Ennis, Corsicana and Ferris. 

The host city this year was Corsicana and the Corsicana Independent School District allowed the teams to play at Tigers High School Stadium, but unfortunately no Corsicana teams made it through the play-offs.

They hosted the Flag, 8U, 10U and 12U Championship games, with winners moving on to the regional level which will be played in Ennis and Forney. 

The first game was between the Red Oak Ravens and the Waxahachie Lil’ Chiefs in the Flag division. 

These two teams are no strangers to each other or to playing in the Super Bowl. They have met several times over the past two years and as anticipated, this was another great game between these two teams. Both teams had several opportunities on fourth and goal, but the defenses came up big, time and time again. 

However, this game came down to one play, when the Lil’ Indians running back, Beck, was able to get to the corner and beat the Raven’s safety’s to the corner and reeled off 60 yard run for the game’s only touchdown. 

The Ravens put together a good two minute drive, but came up short as time expired and the Lil’ Indians claimed another Super Bowl trophy.

Game two of the day was between the Waxahachie Indians and the Ennis Lions in the 8U division. This game stayed close for awhile, but the Lions would eventually pull away in the second half. 

The Lions used a mix of outside runs then they would run up the middle for some big gains. 

The Lil’ Indians struggled on offense and could not really get anything going and the 8U Lions won their Super Bowl game over the Lil’ Indians. Game three paired up the Waxahachie Seminoles and the Red Oak Cowboys in the 10U division game. 

Although the Seminoles probably came in as the favored team, the Cowboys have been on a winning roll to make the Super Bowl. 

This game was simply a defensive battle, which was somewhat surprising considering the offensive power both teams had shown all season long. 

The Cowboys would score first after a punt by the Cowboys was touched by a Seminole 

player giving them great field position. 

The Cowboys used the power running Anderson to the outside and up the middle to get into the red zone. Then the Cowboys quarterback, Heine, rolled to his right on a keeper and ran in for the score untouched. 

The Seminoles however, were not fazed and started driving down the field including a four down conversion. 

With the Seminoles now in the red zone and facing a fourth and three, it came down to this play and on fourth and three and the Cowboys defense made their biggest stop all season by sacking the Seminoles quarterback. 

The Cowboys would run the clock out and win their first Super Bowl in maybe the most exciting game of the day. 

The final game would be a faceoff between two good Waxahachie 12U teams. Both teams have very good quarterbacks with big arms and they showed them off a few times. 

However, it was the Indians that had the better balanced team on Saturday and their defense, with the exception of a few plays, were consistently in the backfield tackling the Apaches QB and running backs losses. 

The Indians took control of the game in the fourth after answering a score by the Apaches and went on to claim their Super Bowl trophy in the 12U division. All in all it was a great day of football and something these players will not soon forget. Coaches and parents don’t forget to check all the action photos of the games and cheerleaders at www.movingpictures.photoreflect.com.

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