To cap off a fun youth football season, our 5th-grader Kaden joined forces with other Shenandoah 5th- and 6th-graders to form one school team and take on county big-school rival New Castle for a couple of games.
On the "turf" at New Castle's stadium.
Which I guess means artificial surface, a new experience for these young football players. This old-school Gramaw thought "turf" meant "grass"...but I was corrected...
Saturday nights. And before the games were over, under the lights. Another exciting first for Kaden and company.
Kaden played center on nearly every snap both games they played, getting the ball to his friend and classmate Drake.
Our #71 is always a leader on the field...
...and a cheerleader on the sidelines.
Love his passion!
Pretty cute 10-year-old center!
As center, a big part of his job is blocking. New Castle had some BIG dudes on the line!
Kaden has a great understanding of the game and doesn't make many mistakes,...
...and when he does, he really takes it to heart.
Comparing notes at halftime with his friend/quarterback Drake...
Kaden was thrilled to get to play on the line for about half of the defensive plays too.
Hey! Leave my grandbaby alone!
OrangeSleeves went after Kaden all night that first game...
...but the Raiders got the "W," 36-0!
The second Saturday night game was even more exciting! The Raiders were really tested, playing an even tougher and bigger Trojan squad.
That "turf" taught Kaden some hard lessons at center...he got creamed a few times before he figured out a strategy to stop that strong fella.
Kaden might look like a tough football player on the field, but when he takes off his helmet Gramaw sees the adorable little boy he's always been.
Those adorable little boys just grow up WAY TOO FAST!!!
We were thrilled to see the Raiders prevail again 20-6, giving them a 2-0 record against the Trojans and a fitting way to end a fun season.
Saturday Night Lights.