Redskins on a roll

Published 8:07 pm Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Washington Patriots (blue team) move the ball up the field during their 5-6-year old flag football game against the Washington Redskins Saturday at Kugler Field. (WDN Photo/Brian Haines)

A hot start and a balanced attack allowed the Washington Redskins to earn a 30-8 victory over the Washington Patriots in the 5-6-year old flag football division of the Washington Youth Football League on Saturday at Kugler Field.
Though they were able to up their record to 2-0, Redskins coach Keith Mitchell, son of Northside High School’s late legendary coach Bing Mitchell, said the most important aspect of Saturday’s game was that the team continued to improve.
“We definitely saw some improvement which is definitely what we want to see,” Mitchell said. “We had a few things that we worked on over the week and I definitely thought we played better this week than last week.
“Our guys played hard and the other team did too. It was a fun time for all.”
The Redskins jumped out to an 8-0 lead at the 17-minute mark in the first half when Wardell Little busted through the Patriots’ defense for a 42-yard TD run and Cade Mixon scored on the ensuing two-point conversion.
The Redskins upped their lead to 16-0 when Perry Fields ripped off a 30-yard TD run and Mixon scored on the two-point conversion midway through the first half.
With the clock winding down in the first half, the Redskins crossed the goal line once again as Tavon McIver dashed down field and into the end zone from 36 yards away to take a 22-0 lead at the break.
“It was a whole team effort, that’s for sure,” Mitchell said. “We had a few guys score some touchdowns and (two-point conversions) so it was a good team effort. Our line blocked great and our defense was able to pull some flags well.”
The Redskins added another score early in the second half as Little scored his second touchdown of the game on a 38-yard run and Fields added two points to give them a 30-0 lead.
The Patriots ended the game on a bright note as Jaylen Lampkins was able to get past the Redskins’ defense for a 32-yard TD run, which was topped off by a Gus Vansant two-point conversion.
“We had a run right. Jaylen got the ball and he’s a fast little guy, and Gus, our quarterback, made a good handoff to him and our blockers did a nice job and he took off and scored,” Patriots coach Austin Smithwick said.
After the game, Smithwick said his team gave a stellar effort.
“We had a bunch of kids working hard and having a good time and that’s what it’s about,” Smithwick. “We need to clean some things up and do a little better but the other team played hard and is well coached. We just have to go back to work on the little things and make sure we have some fun along the way.”

Washington Redskins         22    8    —    30
Washington Patriots            0    8    —    8

Scoring summary
R — Wardell Little 42 run (Cade Mixon two points), 17:00, 1st.
R — Perry Fields 30 run (Mixon two points), 11:20, 1st.
R — Tavon McIver 36 run (two points failed), :10, 1st.
R — Little 38 run (Fields two points), 25:50, 2nd.
P — Jaylen Lampkins 32 run (Gus Vansant two points), 7:50.