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Taphne Nelson | Submitted to the Times-News Champions: Pictured in the front row, from left, are Hunter Phillips, Gavin Dennis, Treyshun Tigner, Colton Fuller, Landon Hand, Kent Nelson, Collin Pearson, AJ Noles and Tristan Ayers. Pictured in the back row, from left, are Tanton Ayers, Ty Hendricks, Tucker Thrower, Peyton Yerta, Drew Sheppard, Spencer Newman, Travis Peebles, Cameron Gooden, Coach Jason Allen and Coach Wade Bylsma.

Chambers wins Peewee championship

LOWNDESBORO — Chambers Academy won the PeeWee championship this past weekend. The fourth-sixth grade Rebels defeated Escambia 38-8, Hooper 24-0 and Lowndes 38-20 on Saturday.

The peewee bunch finished the 2019 season 8-1.

“They’re a great group of kids,” Chambers Academy peewee head football coach Jason Allen said. “They were excited to go over there and play, and fortunately for us, we were on the west side of the state so the weather wasn’t so bad. It stopped raining around lunch and then it didn’t rain anymore.

“We’re proud of the way they played and all year, they got better and our future’s bright. I was proud of the way they performed.”

Monroe Academy and Morgan Academy were also at the statewide tournament, Allen said. 

The peewee team runs the same playcalling system that the Rebels run on the varsity level.

“I think it’s huge because that’s our future,” Allen said. “Our varsity staff works with all three teams (peewee, junior high and varsity).”

Allen later said that the players watch the varsity games on Friday night, and the Rebels’ recent success of winning 56 of its last 61 games motivates them to stay in the program growing up. 

In addition to being proud of the team’s growth on the field this season, Allen said he’s equally proud of the group’s off-the-field growth as well. With that age group, he said he also has to teach the players how to treat schoolwork and how to respect others.

“I thought they made good strides in being good friends and teammates to one another,” Allen said.