Every year, the Junior Hawks Football Team takes over the Woodland field during halftime of a Woodland game. Invited this season on November 3rd, the Junior Hawks were excited to show the older kids what they could do.
“It was really cool,” said Adam Fair, flag football player.
After the dance team finished their performance, the little ones took the field in an organized fashion. Christopher Dailey, Woodland’s athletic director, sent the seventh and eighth grade tackle team to the field first, followed by the third to sixth grade tackle team. Finally, the flag football teams red, white, green and blue ran onto the field with the older students.
The whole program, teams and coaches, took a group photo on the Woodland field then started to yell fun chants like “Let’s go Hawks” and “Hawks Rule.”
When the tackle teams exited the field, the flag football players threw the ball around for the remaining ten minutes of halftime. The white and red team paired up at the far end zone and the green and blue team played down on the other side. Coaches made sure to throw the ball to each player while running plays because this is the first time these kindergarten to second graders have played on Hawks territory.
The older students sat on the sidelines for the rest of the Woodland versus Ansonia game, watching the Hawks lose 49 to 20, but also holding their heads high because they saw how the high schoolers did not give up despite the score. The Hawks ran two touchdowns in the second half, which was the cause for the Junior Hawks having proud smiles on their faces.
Fair said, “I loved watching the older kids play after we ran on their field.”