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Termites, Tiny Mites enjoy Super Bowl wins

Andalusia’s 6-to-8-year-old and 9-to-10-year-old football teams each won their respective Super Bowl Championship on Sat., Nov. 7.

The 6-to-8-year-old Tiny Mites team defeated Greenville, 20-13, and the 9-to-10-year-old Termites team knocked off Crestview, Fla., 24-6.

Both teams ended their seasons with spotless 12-0 records. This was the second year in a row for the Tiny Mites to finish undefeated.

“This is the second year we’ve won the Super Bowl,” Tiny Mites coach Roosevelt Weaver said. “I would like to thank all of the players and parents for such a hard-fought season.”

Before clinching the championship, the Tiny Mites defeated Evergreen, 20-0.

Weaver said the championship game was a close one.

“That was a close game and a nail biter,” he said. “It was 14-13 in the fourth quarter and then Roosevelt (Weaver III) ran a 60-yard touchdown run and that pretty much sealed it for us.”

Termites coach Michael Jackson said it took a lot of “hard work” for his team to have the success they did this year.

“Winning carries on from football into life and that’s what we teach them,” Jackson said.

Leading up to their 24-6 win over Crestview, the Termites won the Eastern Division Championship on Oct. 31, where they met Crestview again.

Jackson said that was a special day for the kids, because Alabama linebacker Nico Johnson visited to give support to the team.

“I had him talk to the players before the game during the playoffs and we beat them 39-0,” Jackson said. “He got them pretty hyped up.

“He came out on Halloween and sat there through the whole day,” he said. “He was right there in the stands watching and supporting the kids. He could have been doing something else that Saturday, because Alabama was off that weekend. Instead of going home, he’s out there shaking hands and patting them on the back.”

Jackson said the reaction from the kids after winning the Super Bowl was great.

“I actually had the Gatorade dumped on me,” he said. “I had kids crying and they had never won the Super Bowl.”