OH so close!!!
North Attleboro and Norfolk squared off today for the Division C Hockomock Super Bowl today. My son Gehrig is playing his first year of football. I can tell you that watching football, especially at this age, 12, is as fun as anything I’ve ever watched.
The 5 days a week practices were taxing I am guessing, since at 12 you’d prefer to be anywhere but school or practice, but it was awesome to watch him learn, mature and get more of a grasp on what it means to be part of a team.
The game was all you could ask for. Through 40 minutes and 4 quarters they battled on every snap. I want to send a HUGE congratulations to both teams, it was a great game to watch. #40, Arthur D’angelo, the coaches son, played as clutch and determined 40 minutes in a title game as any kid I’ve ever seen. He was in the opponents backfield more than their QB.
Gehrig recorded a tackle as well, late in the 2nd half.
Regulation ended with the score at 0-0. To OT it was. They use collegiate rules so NA won the toss and scored on the 2nd play, converting the extra point. In this league it’s reversed, running in or passing, gets you a 1 PAT, kicking gets you 2.
Norfolk answered with a TD on Kyle Carnase’s run on the first play from scrimmage. In true win or go home fashion, Norfolk sent out Brian D’amore to kick the extra point. This kid kicks, runs, passes, plays defense as well. Norfolk has him as a secret weapon because I think he’s the only 12 year old in the country that can kick a 25 yard FG!
Snap was perfect, and Brian CRUSHED the kick, my bet was it would have been good from 30+. Sadly, NA penetrated and BLOCKED the kick! Game over, NA wins.
It was as exciting an event as I’ve been a spectator at since I can’t remember when. I’m proud as hell of my son, who stuck with his team the entire year, worked his tail off and I think enjoyed every minute of it.
Hats off to the coaches not only of his team, but of all the teams in the league. The hundreds of hours dedicated to kids not their own speaks volumes about their commitment to helping our kids grow up outside our homes. It was a blast to watch and no one has anything to be ashamed of, they played their hearts out.