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Fox’s CBFO Cutters complete ‘180’ turn to win Knox NFC title

Robert Fox said his team didn’t let up — not even for five seconds — and the result was a 180 degree shift in fortune from last season. Jacob Covell’s short touchdown run in the first quarter completed a joyful and dramatic turnaround for coach Fox’s CBFO 9-year-old Cutters football team Monday, Nov. 6, at John Tarleton Park.

Finishing winless last season as Hoppers [0-8], the 2006 CBFO NFC White Cutters capped a 9-1 season with a 6-0 victory against Powell to become Knox County Metro Youth Football League champs.

“This team is so successful because last year we did not win a game — the last game last year we lost to Powell with five seconds left,” Fox said. “It would have been our only win.

“All year long we went with the motto, ‘We’ve gotta hold on for five seconds — we can’t let up for five seconds,’” he added. “Players, coaches, parents, nobody let up for five seconds. We paid attention to basics. Our blocking, paid attention to our tackling and kept getting to the football.

“It’s the same group of boys. We did get a few guys that really added to the team, really added some good plays.”

Entering the tournament as the No. 2 seed, CBFO beat CCYSP 6-0 in the semifinals Nov. 2 to advance. “After that, I felt like if our defense can hold out like that, no matter what we score, we’re going to hold out and win this game,” Fox said.


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