With an 18-6 win last week against Melvindale, the Wyandotte Indians freshman team clinched a trip to the Peanut Bowl.
The squad of 8 and 9-year-old boys will take on Washtenaw-Blue at Dearborn High School on Saturday at 11 a.m. The school is located at 19501 Outer Drive.
The annual championship game pits the top two teams in their division of the Downriver Junior Football League.
Saturday’s winner will advance to play in the first-ever Super Peanut Bowl, taking on the winner of the other DJFL division, which will be either Washtenaw- Maize or River Rouge. The game will be hosted by Wyandotte.
Indians head coach Matt Hastings said that to get to the Peanut Bowl this year, his team bounced back from a tough 2011 season.
“Last year we were 1-7 (and a) last place team,” Hastings said. “We just put in some hard work; these kids are amazing.”
In 2012 the squad is 8-1, and has given up an average of only nine points per game along the way.
Hastings said his team plays tough on both sides of the ball, as the Indians have a strong defense, talented skill position players and an impressive offensive line.
Aside from the freshman team, Wyandotte Junior League football is also made up of a junior varsity (10 to 11 year olds) and a varsity squad (12 to 13 year olds).
Below is the Indians' 2012 schedule and results:Date Opponent Score 9/9 Washtenaw-Blue 6-19 9/15 Taylor Cobras 40-19 9/22 Taylor Mustangs 33-0 9/29 Dearborn Heights 26-20 10/6 Lincoln Park 19-0 10/13 Melvindale 31-7 10/20 Riverview 19-12 10/27 Southgate 21-2 11/3 Melvindale 18-6
Below is the roster of the freshman team:Christian Adkins Donovan Canterberry Jalin Pitchford Joshua Lee Logan Neal Connor Mauritho Paul Raupp Patrick Schlik Liam Carroll Michael Calhoun AlexZander Brown Jacob Baxter Tyler Murasky Luke Beaubien Ruch Adkins Nicholas Kirby Logan McGraw Ethan Breaux Daniel Cushman Ethan Saenz Alex Biundo Andrew Campbell Leo Hastings Anthony Trevino Joshua Gootee Jonah Baran Logan Nosal Brayden Calhoun Christopher Pongracz James Blackwell, III Nathaniel Hanson David Baker Connor Paolino Timothy Allen Mariano DiSanto Keegan Harrington Westin Bridges Raymond Isham Lu Peterson Waterboys: Cole Beaubien Nicholas DiSanto Ethan Raupp Richard Weurker, III