The Matoaca Indians Minor football team brings home the Chesterfield Quarterback League, Southern Division Championship after 18 years, on Nov 10, 2012. The last time the Indians won the Southern Division Championship was 1994.
The team set out with numerous goals at the beginning of the year from as simple as being a good teammate, getting better every practice and giving 100 percent effort all the time, and of course, also having goals such as going undefeated, winning the conference championship, division championship and ultimately the Super Bowl.
Despite not winning the conference championship the team moved into the playoffs as the No. 2 seed with their eyes set on the Division Championship.
The way the brackets fell, it appeared a rematch against the Hopkins Bobcats, who gave the team their only loss during the regular season, was going to be the path to winning the division.
The Indians moved through the first two rounds of the playoffs with wins against Hening Redskins 20-0 and the Chalkley Steelers 26-6 setting the rematch between the Indians and Bobcats.
Hopkins Bobcats marched through the season undefeated with a high-powered offense, aggressive defense, and very large for the eight-nine-year-old minors team.
Hopkins came out and struck first in the first quarter with a long touchdown run and a failed extra point attempt, but would not find the endzone the rest of the game.
The Indians found the endzone just before half-time, after cornerback Troy Lewis intercepted a pass and returned about 70 yards for the Indians only score of the game.
The difference in the game was the converted extra point as the Indians took the lead 7-6.
“The game plan was to keep their high powered offense off the field and take advantage of their aggressive defensive front with changes in the snap count,” said Head Coach Guy Simmons.
The plan worked as the Indians were able to sustain long drives though not capitilizing with scores, only allowed Hopkins three offensive possessions during the entire game and creating off sides penalties on defense with long counts and delays in the attack on the short counts.
“It was the most incredible feeling for the team, coaches, and parents when we took the kneel down to win that game and hoist the Southern Division Championship Trophy,” said Guy Simmons.
The Matoaca Indians fell short of their last goal by losing the Super Bowl to Clover Hill Bulldogs. It was a phenomenal season. The Indians finished the regular season 7-1, and the overall 10-2.
The Matoaca Association has had teams (Seniors 2011 and Minors 2012) in the Super Bowl the past two years and look to continue the winning ways next year. The coaches are looking forward to the start of football camps in June, 2013 and the new and returning faces.