The five-and-six-year-old Picayune football won the MGCYFL title

Published 7:00 am Friday, November 24, 2017


The 2017 5-and-6-year-old Picayune Maroon Tide football team won its championship game on Saturday.

The Maroon Tide defeated the St. Martin Yellow Jackets 38-0 to claim the Mississippi Gulf Coast Youth Football League Super Bowl title.

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The team is part of the Picayune Youth Athletics Association.

“We were all very excited to have come away with the championship,” Head Coach Jawade Foxworth said. “Honestly, we came a long way since our first two weeks of practice early in the season. I’m very proud of everyone for their hard work throughout the season.”

The Maroon Tide finished the regular season with a 10-0 record and its defense only allowed three touchdowns through the entire season, Foxworth said.

After the end of the regular season, the team won the Western Conference championship with a 35-0 victory over an undefeated Stone County team, he said.

“Bradley Laneaux, Xaiden Foxworth, D’Anderick Durr, Bryson Faia and Kayden Nunnery were my biggest leaders on the field this year,” Foxworth said. “These players did a great job of stepping up and helping others every day in practice.”

Xaiden Foxworth, Laneaux, Jet Merrifield, Hunter Mooney, Madison Barnes, Malachi Dennis, Malakai Chuter, Joshua Nixon, Jr., Donovan Banks, Jordan Rancifer, Ethan Watts, Durr, Alex Feeley, Faia and Nunnery made up the 5-and-6-year-old Picayune Maroon Tide football team this year. The team was coached by Adam Feeley, Junior Laneaux, Joe Simpson, Eric Bochman, Justin Faia and Foxworth.

This was Foxworth’s second season coaching a 5-and-6-year-old team but his first coaching a traveling team.

“Last year was a big learning experience for me,” Foxworth said. “We had a good coaching staff and we learned from each other. It was a long season and I learned a lot from the kids and I hope they learned a lot from me as well.”