Baldwin B-team wins Toy Bowl
Two of Baldwin's Youth Football Teams played for Toy Bowl titles Sunday, with the B-team winning 13-12 and the C-team falling just short, losing 12-0. Both of those teams had qualified for Sunday's title games with victories Saturday, while Baldwin's A-team fell in the semi-final round.
In Sunday's title game, Baldwin toppled the league champion Lawrence Cougars. Wes Leonard scored the winning touchdown with four minutes left in the game and the defense then stopped the Cougars twice to seal the championship. Will Simmons had the other touchdown and Garrett Cleavinger scored the decisive extra point.
"The whole team played with heart and made great plays when needed," said coach John Hanson.
He also cited numerous players for their efforts in Saturday's 7-6 win over the Lawrence Hurricanes that put Baldwin in the title tilt.
"All of the boys played great football, but Garrett Cleavinger and Will Simmons took charge and made the big plays when we needed them," said Hanson. "None of this could have been accomplished without the big boys up front.
"Behind the blocking of Nate Smart, Callan Anderson, Dayton Valentine, Jake Richardson, Wyatt Woods, Colton Bonner, Britton Schroeder and fullback Wes Leonard, the Bulldogs moved down the field and scored."
Hanson said the trophy would be on display at the Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center. The B-team ended the year with a 6-2 record to go along with the title and trophy.
Baldwin's C-team came up just short in the title contest, falling 12-0 to the Hurricanes. On Saturday, Baldwin had beaten the Cougars 27-6. Quinn Twombley scored two touchdowns for Baldwin and Skyler Shockley and Chad Berg each had a touchdown. Riley Thomas had three extra points. The C-team's final record was 6-2.
The A-team lost in Saturday's semi-final 14-12 to the Lawrence Gorillas. William VonBargen and Josh Hoffman had the touchdowns as the team finished the year with a 5-2 record.