Perfect season ends with Toy Bowl championship
After two years of second-place finishes, the Baldwin Bulldogs fifth grade youth football team won its first Toy Bowl Sunday afternoon.
A 31-0 victory over the Chops capped off an undefeated season for the Bulldogs. They finished the season with a perfect 7-0 record.
"We've been fighting for it the last three years," Bulldogs' coach Jeremy Shockley said. "We came up runner-up the last two years, but this year we finally got it. It's just a thrill."
Shockley's son, Skyler Shockley was very excited after the Toy Bowl.
"We've been runners up the past two years, so it feels really good to win one for once," S. Shockley said.
The Bulldogs finished the season with an average margin of victory of 28 points a game. J. Shockley said the team played hard all year and wanted a perfect season.
"They were looking for it," J. Shockley said. "They were focused all year and this is what they were shooting for. They are thrilled."
S. Shockley is the Bulldogs' starting running back. He scored three touchdowns in the championship game. He credits his teammates for his success.
"It's awesome," S. Shockley said. "The offensive line blocks really well and Quinn (Twombley) is awesome."
His father loves to coach his son, even though he doesn't like a lot of attention placed on his son.
"I hate the fact that a lot of the attention is put on him, but he runs hard and plays hard," J. Shockley said. "It's a joy to watch him. I look forward to watching him on the sidelines one day, too."
One reason for S. Shockley's success is his fullback, Quin Twombly.
"It was fun blocking for my best running back Skyler," Twombly said. "It's awesome when you get a good block and he runs by you for a touchdown."
Twombly enjoyed winning the Toy Bowl with his friends, because they have lost the last two years.
"It felt awesome," Twombly said. "The last two years we've lost by a touchdown or two, but this year we finally won it. It is the best feeling I've ever had."
Baldwin's other touchdown was scored on a pass from Chad Berg to Ethan Hartzell. Berg was happy to win this year.
"It feels pretty nice," Berg said. "We've worked really hard this season, so it's a nice pay off to win the championship."
He also credits Baldwin High School coach Mike Berg for the team's success. Berg's son, Chad, plays quarterback on the team.
"With Mike's help, you really can't go wrong," J. Shockley said. "He's one of the best guys I've ever worked with. He is very intelligent."
After the game, the Bulldogs received their medals and trophies. J. Shockley was also honored as the B-Division Coach of the Year.
"That was very unexpected," J. Shockley said. "I didn't have a clue about it. It's really neat to win that."
A total of 24 players were on the Bulldogs' team this fall. J. Shockley said every one of them worked hard to achieve their success.
"It's the chance of a lifetime for them to be Toy Bowl champions and go undefeated," J. Shockley said. "It's a goal that they set and accomplished. They have to be thrilled with themselves."