Choctaw Steelers begin Little League play

By Daniel Brunty The Choctaw Plaindealer

The Choctaw Steelers Little League football team is steadily becoming one of the most popular and exciting events in the area. This season, the Steelers will be looking to advance far as the 2012 Little League Football season has begun.

George Coleman, the President of the league, spoke about the purpose and the benefits of having this program for the local youths in the community. “Besides the fundamentals, the main goal and focus is with discipline and academics,” Coleman said. “We know how important both of these fundamentals are to children at this age. We also want to promote health to the children by having them outside and being active, to avoid obesity and other health risks.”

The Little League allows players in age groups 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12 years of age to develop their fundamentals in the sport of football for those who aspire to play on a higher level during their school careers.

Volunteers make up most of the coaching staffs for the teams, as they teach players about being young men as well as football fundamentals. The Choctaw Steelers played their second game of the season this past Saturday as they faced the Starkville Saints on neutral ground in Weir.

The first game of the day was the 7-8 year old group. The Steelers would come out on the losing end of an 18-0 score.

Up next were the 9-10 year olds for both programs. The Steelers would get their second loss of the day as the Saints defeated them 20-12. The last game of the day featured the 11-12 year olds. In what would be a close one all the way to the buzzer, the Steelers defeated the Saints 24-20 for the first win of the day.

The Steelers will play on neutral field next week as they travel to Weir to take on the Macon Broncos on Sept. 1. The following week the team will be back in Ackerman hosting the Eupoa Patriots on Sept. 8.