Mississippi Bulldogs

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The 7-and-8-year-old Mississippi Bulldogs from Pope brought home the Super Bowl trophy from Saturday’s action. The Bulldogs shutout both opponents to become the undisputed champions. They downed West Tallahatchie 14-0 in the semi-finals and then defeated Tallahatchie Youth League of Charleston 22-0 in the championship game. Team members include (front row, l. to r.) Corey “Red” Mitchell, Noah Lovelady, Brock Ware, Jaiden McKinney, Conner West, Mason Lofton, Duke Hailey, Layton Franklin; (back,

Mississippi Bulldogs 7-8 year olds
Bulldogs shut out opponents for championship

By Angie Ledbetter

It was an exciting day Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway stadium, not with the usual Ole Miss Rebels playing but with the Tri-County Pee Wee Association football teams.

Three age groups battled to become Super Bowl champs and the Mississippi Bulldogs had one team to bring the trophy home.

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The Bulldogs 7-8 year old team had no problem, handing the Tallahatchie Youth League a 22-0 shutout.

The first score came when D’Marvin Perteet took the ball 70 yards for a touchdown and the two point conversion was good by Jaiden McKinney for the 8-0 lead.

McKinney followed a few minutes later with a three-yard touchdown to give the Bulldogs a 14-0 halftime lead as the two-point conversion failed.

The last touchdown came late in the fourth quarter when McKinney scored on a 28-yard run. The two point conversion by Ethan James Moore was good for the 22-0 lead.

Coaching the team were Cleveland Wright, Cameron Lofton and Mike McKinney.

In other Bulldog action the 9-and-10-year-old team lost a 16-12 heart breaker to West Tallahatchie. The Bulldogs were up 12-8 with 20 seconds left in the game and West Tallahatchie scored and added the two point conversion for the 16-12 lead. The Bulldogs tried to make a comeback but were picked off by West Tallahatchie with 15 seconds left in the game.

The 11-12 year old team played for second place and the chance to advance to the championship but was shutout 30-0 by West Tallahatchie. Playing for that championship game was cross town rivalries TYL and West Tallahatchie.

Bulldogs advance to championship

By Myra Bean

Vaught-Hemingway Stadium was the setting for the first ever Tri-County Peewee Super Bowl on Saturday.

The Mississippi Bulldogs of Pope 7-and-8-year-old team was the only local team to bring home the Super Bowl trophy.

7-and-8-year olds

The Mississippi Bulldogs advanced to the Super Bowl after defeating West Tahhahatchie 14-0 in the semi-final playoffs.

The Bulldogs entered the playoffs in second place after a coin flip to break the first place team tie.

West Tallahatchie proved to be a formidable opponent as they kept possession of the ball the entire first quarter which was six minutes.

However, the Bulldogs finally forced a punt.

The Bulldogs made their possession count as quarterback Jaiden McKinney broke loose for a 59-yard run up the right side of the field for a touchdown with 2:05 left in the first half. D’Marvin Perteet finished the drive with the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.

The Bulldogs returned the possession favor and kept the ball the entire third quarter. McKinney scored the second touchdown on an 11-yard run with 25 seconds left in the quarter. The two-point conversion run failed.

Main ball handlers for the Bulldogs were McKinney with 194 yards and Perteet with 27 yards.

On defense, the Bulldogs kept the West Tallahatchie offense off the field. Ethan James Moore had two tackles and one fumble recovery; McKinney had two tackles; with one tackle each were Mason Lofton, Javian Hopson and Dalton Davis.


The 9-and-10-year-old Bulldogs entered the playoffs as the number one seed team and earned a trip to the Super Bowl by eliminating number four seed Charleston 28-6.

All four touchdowns were on runs by Antonio Sanford. He scored on runs of 70, 38, 57 and 39 and had a total of 236 yards on 10 carries. On defense he had his share of tackles with nine, three for loss yards.

Scoring the two point conversions were Lataurus Carruth and Jamarion Sanford.

Other tacklers include Carruth, six tackles; Forrest Pierce, two tackles; Caleb White, Bowen Williams, Mason Austin and Garrett Mills one tackle each.