The Brusly Youth Panthers and the Westside Bulldogs, West Baton Rouge’s two youth football programs, met for their first battle of the season last Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Brusly High Stadium.
The Bulldogs and Panthers D squad (5-6 year olds) started off the competition Saturday morning for a great game that ended up with Westside victorious.
“As always, when you’re playing your rival, the games are intense, but also a lot of fun,” Pierre Washington, co-founder of the Bulldogs organization said. “I enjoyed seeing the kids from both sides competing and having fun.”
The rest of the day ended on a different note, with Brusly taking all three of the next games: C team (7-8 year olds), B team (9-10 year olds) and A team (11-12 year olds).
“Obviously it was a rivalry week so coming into the games you never know which team would win in each age group,” Tee Gay, vice president of the Brusly Youth Panthers said. “Even though the scores of the last three games were by a wide margin, I know that when we meet up with them again on [Saturday,] Oct. 7, the Westside coaches will have their players ready to compete.”
Both coaches had positive things to say about the new league both teams joined this season.
“I like the new league that we are in because most of the teams are from this area and we get to play most teams twice, a home and away game,” Gay said. “So if you lose the first game against a team, you get a chance at revenge the second time playing them.”
Washington said that the league has had a few early challenges, but that they’re “rounding into form” and he is excited about the league’s future.
“We tip our caps to the Brusly team, and look forward to our re-match next month,” Washington said.
The Brusly Youth Panthers (left) and the Westside Bulldogs meet for the first game of the season. Photo by Joelle Wright/The West Side Journal