A local team comprised of some of the best WOYSA youth league football players from western Ouachita Parish came together to win a tournament championship in Shreveport recently.
West Monroe High School assistant coach Ron McBeth was head coach of the group of West Monroe talent that included assistant coaches: Rick Guillot, Finnon Flowers, Barron Cobbs and Rick Roberts. “A lot of my buddies and their sons were out there at WOYSA playing eight-year old junior tackle,” McBeth explained. “I got to thinking if maybe they have football tournaments after the season around here. I looked online and – sure enough – there was some all over the state.”
The team got together, sponsored by Pro Source, and had just four practices together as a team before embarking on the drive to Shreveport.
The team was dominant – going 4-0 and winning the championship game against an elite team from Baton Rouge, 6-0.
When it was all said and done the local WOYSA boys had given up only 6 points for the entire four games.
“So proud of our team,” McBeth said. “We only got to practice four times. One of those was inside a gym because of the cold weather. A lot of those teams played together all year long.”
Knowing the group of players had a high football IQ, McBeth put in an offense that was sophisticated in its play calling and not your average “run up the middle” offense.
“I knew this group of kids was pretty special,” McBeth said. “They learned it real quick and it wasn’t just a hand off the ball offense. We ran speed sweep and Speed sweep off dive. We had three touchdown passes in the tournament.”
Members of the team included: Cameron McBeth, Jaxson Talley, Finnon Flowers, Lee Cotton, Wyatt Worthey, Brady Guillot, Maddox Cobbs, Asher Thompson, Stephen Austin, Markell Talton, Bryce Roberts, Cooper Meeks, Quinton Carter, Darrell Cooper, Kelep Carprue, Andrew Osbon, Dexter Major Jr., Laterrance Long, Jamarrion Reed, and James Johnson
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