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Saturday is the big day for rec football

By DAVID GRAVELY

sports@southwesttimes.com

 

It’s known by many names. The “Big Game” and “The Big Dance” are just two, but Saturday it will be called The New River Valley Youth Recreation Football League – Eddie Sutphin Super Bowl and two Pulaski County teams will be going to battle for the big trophy.

 

There are three divisions in this league, which is made up of teams from Pulaski County, Christiansburg, Narrows, Pembroke, Radford, Riner, Eastern Montgomery County and Blacksburg.

 

The Mite League has players that are in second and third grade. The Junior League is fourth and fifth grade. Senior League players are in the sixth and seventh grade.

 

In addition to grade level requirements, players meet certain weight requirements to play skill positions like quarterback, running back and receiver. Players who are over the weight limit must play in a down lineman position and their helmets are marked with an X.

 

Coaches are selected each year from the community and serve on a volunteer basis. Not only are coaches responsible for calling plays and ensuring equipment is worn properly, but they are also required to ensure that all players have a chance to play as much as possible.

 

This year Pulaski County has had plenty of success. Two teams will be playing for a championship Saturday.

 

In the Mite League the Pulaski Raiders defeated the Pulaski Ravens 13-6 Monday at Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium to earn a championship game against the Radford Bobcats. The Raiders are currently 7-1, the Bobcats are 8-0 heading into the matchup. This will be the first game of the day Saturday and will begin at 10 a.m.

 

The other Pulaski County Mite League team, the Pulaski Steelers, finished the season2-6, but showed improvement throughout the season with a young team and won their bonus game this week.

 

In the Junior League, the Pulaski County Cardinals completed an incredible come from behind, 42-38 win over the Pulaski County Cowboys, who ended their season 5-3, Monday to earn a shot at the Narrows Green Wave. The Cardinals are 7-1 on the season and the Green Wave have a perfect 8-0 record. This game will begin at 12:30 Saturday.

 

The other Pulaski County Junior League team, the Pulaski County Rams, finished the season with a solid 5-3 record and made the playoffs, but lost their game at Narrows Monday

 

The Pulaski County Chiefs (5-3-1) had a stroke of bad luck hit just before their playoff game with Christiansburg. Several players were forced to sit out the big game Wednesday due to either illnesses or injuries. In the regular season, the two teams played to a tie. Wednesday Christiansburg earned a 32-8 win over the depleted Chiefs, earning a shot at the Pembroke Eagles. Christiansburg comes into the game with a record of 6-2-1. Pembroke has a perfect 9-0 record. The Senior League game will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday.

 

All games Saturday will take place at Christiansburg High School on their new artificial playing surface. Tickets will be available at the gate Saturday. Adult tickets (18 and up) are $5, students (6-17) are $4 and fans five and under are free. Admission fees will be used to offset the costs of officials, staff, trophies and medals.

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