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Deer Park Pee Wee Tigers fall to Gale, La Porte Texans in TIFI Super Bowl

November 10, 2018

BAYTOWN - Hey, La Porte High School varsity football program, the athletes who are going to pull you out of your current struggles are on their way.

We only ask that you be patient. They’re only 6-year-olds.

La Porte Texans running back Charlie Gale, with his unmistakable reddish hair, was sensational, collecting four long-distance touchdowns in addition to scoring a PAT as the Texans blanked the Deer Park Tigers 39-0 in the seventh annual TIFI Pee Wee Super Bowl at chilly Stallworth Stadium Saturday morning.

It marks the third Super Bowl title for the Texans Pee Wee program in the seven-year history of the program. La Porte also won it in 2013 and 2016.

In a showdown of two teams that brought the combined record of 23-1 to the Super Bowl table, the Texans were the far superior team. With TIFI rules stating a team can’t defeat an opponent by more than 40 points, the Texans had their 39-point lead with still 11 minutes remaining in the game.

La Porte was on offense two more times after leading 39-0 and fans could tell the ballcarriers were taking baby steps in the backfield and not running hard, stuff like that to prevent the lead from exceeding 40 points.

For coach Adam Cox’s Tigers, they could not hold on to the football. The boys may have gotten their flu shots, but they weren’t protected from that dreaded illness called fumbleitis.

The Tigers fumbled five times, losing three of the loose balls. Two of the coughed-up balls led directly to Texans touchdowns.

As for Gale, the kid made Tiger defenders miss so many tackles, one couldn’t help but marvel at his ability to stay on his feet. Yes, the Tigers could have tackled a whole lot better, but that doesn’t take away from the great game Gale had.

He scored on runs of 31, 32, 30 and 73 yards. His 32-yarder belongs in the Pee Wee Football Hall of Fame.

As usual, Gale ran to his left, cut in, used his little legs to hurdle over a fallen Tiger, came back outside and that’s where he found wide-open spaces. It took about 30 seconds for the entire touchdown run to unfold.

An honorable mention selection for the Pee Wee Hall of Fame was the 3-yard-run he made just before halftime.

Perched on the Tigers 37, Gale ran backwards almost to the 50-yard line to avoid tacklers, accomplished that before plowing forward to get three yards out of the run.

In all, Gale rushed for 191 yards on just eight carries.

Also scoring for the Texans was Madden Shipwash, who scored two touchdowns, one on a one-yard run with 10:15 left in the first half to make it 14-0 and a 12-yarder that created the final score after Gale scored the PAT.

The Texans finished with a 264-17 advantage in the ground game.

The Tigers managed just one first down and that came on their fourth possession. Landyn Reynolds rambled for eight yards, carrying four Texans with him before Harper Wilson moved the chains with a three-yard run.

ravery@hcnonline.com

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