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Catholic teams keep rolling, end with three

Six Westside youth football teams won Knox Metro Youth Football League championships in 2008, including three by Catholic teams.

Though Concord Baptist NFC Jr. Midgets (pictured above) weren’t in that group after a 16-14 loss to Karns in the championship game, they end 2008 with a solid 10-2 record and lots of praise from head coach Keith Lovejoy.

“Overall we had a real good, smart team,” Lovejoy said following the title game at John Tarleton Park Tuesday, Nov. 4. “Smartest team I’ve ever coached, and the best-shaped team I’ve ever coach.

“And probably the best team with the best heart, these kids never die, they never quit.”

Concord Baptist beat Inskip 24-16 in the semifinals.

“When the season started off we only had 20 boys, we finished with 18,” Lovejoy added. “No boys over the [141-pound] weight limit, which makes a big deal in this league. We’ve had five shutouts, and we’ve been beaten twice by Karns.”

Players, in no particular order, are Christopher Reddick, Kyle Witsoe, Tucker McGinnis, Drew Coleman, Aaron Suadi, Joseph Underwood, Jake Applegate, Baker Niblick, Adam Lovejoy, Aaron Benorden, Ryan Abbott, John Powell, Christopher Clark, Alex Long, Jared Bostic, Elijah Bickel, Foster Freeman, Colton Paul, Aaron Speaks, Brandon Allen and Jonathan Key.

Coaches, left to right, are Ken Abbott, Robert Suadi, Lovejoy, Michael Hargis and Eddie Wright.

Catholic won the NFC Sr. Midgets crown by blanking South Knox 16-0 (9-1 record), and had two other teams captured Knox Metro Youth titles last week: Jr. Hoppers AFC (9-0-1) and XFL Cutters (10-0).

Other Westside champs were CBFO XFL Sr. Midgets (see story, picture above) and two Pilot teams: AFC Jr. Midgets (10-0) and XFL Minor Pee Wees (9-0-1).


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