CYFL Game of the Week: Wilson brothers, Belhaven 10U stay undefeated

Published 5:29 pm Saturday, October 21, 2017

BELHAVEN — It’s rare to find a 10U football team that can throw the ball. It’s even less common to find one that is as effective in the air as Belhaven was on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs spread things out to end Chocowinity’s undefeated season and preserve their own.

Belhaven’s Ethan and Famous Wilson had synergy going all game long. It’s come to be expected of the two brothers, who are arguably the best passing connection in the league.

The two alternated which would be the passer and which would be the catcher. Three successive connections from Famous to Ethan produced a 15-yard touchdown and the go-ahead 2-point conversion that kept the Bulldogs undefeated.

The two sides battled to a scoreless first quarter, but Chocowinity running back Michael Warren had the Indians rolling. He converted on fourth down at the end of the period to give the visitors some momentum.

Warren shouldered the load during the drive before scoring from five yards out. Warren then punched in the 2-point conversion to put the Indians ahead, 8-0, with 6:05 left in the first half.

Chocowinity’s defense set the Bulldogs back as they attempted to respond. Penalties coupled with Josh Green’s takedown in the backfield put Belhaven in a third-and-22 situation.

Belhaven managed to move the chains, though, after Ethan Wilson hit Famous Wilson for a gain of 39. It gave the Bulldogs a new set of downs and set up Hezekiah Mann, who scored a 5-yard touchdown and scampered in for the tying conversion.

Daylan Hardy is chased down by Famous Wilson.

Chocowinity quickly pulled back ahead on the heels of a 37-yard score by Daylan Hardy. The Indians successfully recovered an onside kick, but was unable to drive down the field in less than a minute.

Belhaven pitched a second-half shutout thanks to stout work along the defensive front from the likes of Malachi Moore and Sam Boane. The two helped push Chocowinity out of the red zone as it tried its hand at a late rally.

The Indians also presented strong run defense, but were largely unable to contain Belhaven’s fourth-quarter aerial attempts.