The Carrboro Falcons came up on the short end of a hard fought 20-19 game. After an undefeated regular season and a first round playoff victory, the Falcons met the SE Guilford Sharks, the division winner of the West. This was the first time this season that each team had played another that was competitive.
The Sharks scored first, after marching down the field in a drive that ate up the whole first quarter. The Falcons came back and scored quickly. They got tough and held the Sharks from scoring again. Halftime score was Sharks 7-6. Peter was a key part of a goal line stand. He played middle linebacker and mixed it up on several nearby plays.
In the second half, Falcons scored first, and were up 12-7. The Sharks scored next and were up 13-12. After never having been down all season, the Falcons came back again and scored. They took the lead 19-13 on Trai Sharp’s 3rd touchdown. This fantastic 8 year old ran for 208 yards. That doesn’t even count the 3 touchdowns that were called back due to holding calls. In addition to being a spectacular football player, he is a great kid. He does what he needs to, never showboats and never complains.
The Sharks ground out 1 more touchdown against tough Falcon defense to make the score 20-19. The Falcons never gave up. They got the ball one more time, and tried their best to move the offense without an exhausted Trai. It wasn’t to be.
After the game the Falcons got runner-up trophies, Carrboro Rec Dept trophies and participation certificates. Several of the kids were clearly upset with the outcome, but by the after game party upon our return to Chapel Hill everyone was back to normal. The coaches and parents were so proud of all the kids. They played their hearts out and never gave up. They started the season as a bunch of 7 and 8 year olds, and ended it as a team.