Young Football Players Honored

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

May 9, 2006

12 local students were invited to the Scholastic Regional Banquet in Florida to be recognized for their performance both on the field and in the classroom.

Just like the big league the Steelers won the local championship and traveled to Alabama to be the Division 3 Regional Champs.

"Really I think it was the coaching," said football player Amir Carter.

But coaches don't just mentor on the field.

"If they do not maintain higher than a C average, we will go to the principal of the school, talk to the principal, see if football is the right thing to do for these kids," said Allen Skolnick, Broncos Asst. Coach.

Many local players were named National Scholastic All-Americans. Those are part of the top two percent of all children who take part in the Pop Warner program.

"In my house education comes first. So without education I can't be doing sports so basically it is natural kind of," said 6th grader Rickquan Jones.

"My mom and both my dad say that if I don't do all of my homework then I don't get to go to practice and stuff," said Pop Warner player AJ Willy.

"A's and B's mainly," said 5th grader Ray Rushton.

"Everyone respects you because you've got good grades and stuff," said Dylan Wood, another football player.

But the boys are still in it for the love of the game.

"I just like tackling people," said athlete Jake Skolnick.

"We just hit hard and like Jake told you, we could tackle the heck out of the rest of the teams," said 6th grader Carson Wilmer.

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