It’s not every day that a team goes undefeated and it’s certainly not every day when they do it two years in a row.
But that’s what the Hitchcock Red Raiders freshmen team has done.
Playing in the Gulf Coast Premier Football League, the Red Raiders freshman team posted an 11-0 record this season, winning the league’s Super Bowl.
It all came a year after going 12-0 in 2016 and also winning the championship last season.
The team is made up of players age 7 and 8 and are coached by Chris Chambers.
“This has been a real blessing for us because this is the second year in a row that we’ve gone undefeated and won the Super Bowl,” Chambers said. “My coaches and I have been working hard at what we’re doing to give back to the kids. We worked hard.”
For Chambers, who’s been coaching for 17 years, the most important thing to teach his players is discipline.
“When I hear another coach say that we have a really disciplined team, then that speaks volumes for me,” Chambers said. “This team is very determined. They don’t want to lose and haven’t tasted defeat in two years.”
Another one of the reasons for the team’s success is the chemistry, Chambers said.
“This team has a lot of brotherhood,” Chambers said. “We teach that to them and we also teach them discipline.”
So dominant have the Red Raiders been that last year, they outscored their opponents that 94-6 through the three playoff games. Last year’s team finished with the second-best defense in the state.
The team practices on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights at Bulldog Stadium at the high school, the same turf the varsity Hitchcock Bulldogs play on.
The majority of the players come from Hitchcock, but Chambers says there occasionally are a few players from Texas City and other nearby towns.
“I’ve been blessed to win a bunch of super bowls and if I had to say one thing, I wish all of my kids could come to Hitchcock (high school) but whether they come to Hitchcock or Texas City, I want them to get an education first. And my kids have shown that over the years. That’s the best feeling ever,” Chambers said.
Just like with any team, there are several players that help make the team so good.
But Chambers had a lot of praise for his players, especially his offensive linemen.
“The linemen don’t get a lot of credit,” Chambers said. “With the running backs and the quarterbacks, you can’t do anything without the O-line. So, our O-line has been very good. They’ve been coming off the ball and doing what they’re supposed to do.”
The Red Raiders’ running backs have also been a powerful force on the team.
“My running back, Carson White, is an excellent running back,” Chambers said. “He’s a very fast kid. We’re so glad to have him. Cam’Ron Taylor is another great running back and he’ll be back next year.”
Let’s also not forget the defense.
“Linebacker Brooklynn Taylor is one of the smallest guys on the field but he’s a hard hitter,” Chambers said.
Regardless of what the team’s record says, Chambers is proud of his players.
“Two years in a row, we’ve put in a lot of great effort,” Chambers said. “Everyone’s willing to put the work in. I also want to give a shout out to my coaches and let them know that I appreciate them. Our team would not be as good without their help.”