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Chargers complete undefeated season with win in Des Moines

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Carroll chargers Oct 2021

The Carroll Chargers sixth grade football team celebrate their win at the Westside Classic football tournament that was held in Des Moines during the last weekend of October. 

Their last three games of the season were against some of the best teams they faced all year. None of them stood a chance against the Chargers.

Over Halloween weekend the Chargers were able to gain their last three wins of the season, a win over an all-star team from Council Bluffs (16-0), a win over Springfield (Illinois), who was previously unbeaten (28-14). The Chargers finished the season with a 28-6 win over Minnetonka (28-6).

“There over 56 teams at this tournament in all different age groups,” said Ben Alford, the head coach for the Chargers. “We played all-star teams from Council Bluffs, Springfield, Illinois and Minnetonka, Minnesota, who had over 50 kids on their roster.

“For us it was pretty dominant to win. Especially since we are small-town Carroll, Iowa. To go down there and win the tournament is great.”

This is the third time that the Chargers have played at the Westside Classic tournament in Des Moines. The first year the Chargers went down there they didn’t do so well. Last season they went down and were able to win one game. This time they won all three and their age group.

It wasn’t easy.

Especially in the game against Springfield. There it seemed the Chargers were going to be out-matched. However, they proved that even undersized, they could compete.

“Those guys were huge,” Alford said about the Springfield team. “Our kids didn’t back down, and they were a chippy team, and our team just didn’t back down. It goes to show that we can compete and play with just about everyone.”

Alford says that the Chargers were considered they were the underdogs in all three games. That didn’t slow the Chargers down, as they rolled to an undefeated season. The first time the Chargers gave up points to opponents came at the tournament.

“This is just the culture we’ve built with the kids, they never think they are out of a game,” Alford said. “We want to have fun, and do the fundamentals, and when we do that the wins come easy.”

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