Flag Football Phenoms
Fernald Preserve

Field Commander

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Every football team needs a Kaden.

 

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Our grandson Kaden, an 11-year-old 6th-grader, just finished his final year of youth football.

He was born a leader, and other kids just naturally follow him.


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Kaden is strong and tough and leads by example.


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And he's always barking out orders on the football field.

Kaden is definitely their field commander.


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In the youth football league, in order to avoid injuries kids over a certain weight (indicated by the big "X" on their helmet) are not allowed to run the ball. Kaden is a big boy for his age so for the past couple of years he's been delegated to play the line on offense. 

 

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He's made the most of his time at center, running the offense on the field and making sure everyone is doing what they are supposed to do.


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And he has been known to help the officials with calls too...indicated here what he was sure was a first down for his team.


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Even when he's not in the game (which is rare), Kaden is still teaching his teammates.

 

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I think he kinda thrives being in the middle of all that intense contact!


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Kaden has always played sports with a lot of passion and emotion...


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...and his coaches just love that intensity and fire!

 

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On most teams, it's the quarterback who gets the plays from the coach. On Kaden's team, he's the one who runs the show for the coach.

 

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Are you sure, Ref?


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Get up Kaden! We can't afford for you to get hurt!


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Even the tough ones aren't invincible...


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...but it takes a lot more than a sprained ankle to keep this good man down!

 

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Kaden is a great encourager too, always pumping up his teammates.


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Boys will be boys...a little friendly off-field tussle action with his friend and teammate...

 

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There were only 2 intramural teams that played each other every week. So the boys on the other team are also good friends of Kaden's and next year will be teammates not opponents.

 

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They finished their season by combining the two intramural teams to play a rival school, Eastern Hancock's 5th/6th grade team. All the boys wore their navy jerseys and had a great time playing together instead of against each other.


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Raider touchdown!!! The Raiders would eventually win the game 18-0, a great way to finish off the season!


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What a cute fella! Growing up into a young man right before my eyes...


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A little halftime fun with his quarterback...


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They didn't have any cheerleaders, so I guess they decided to do a few cheers...


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...and dance a little themselves!


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Okay boys, back to the business at hand...


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It's going to be so much fun watching his football career the next few years...


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My favorite...

...field commander.

 

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