Trask wins middle school football title
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WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) -- Roland-Grise Knights vs. Trask Bears

This was not just a middle school football game. This was the championship of middle school football in New Hanover with two undefeated teams squaring off with the championship on the line in the final game of the season. Keep in mind there aren’t any playoffs on the middle school level. The teams went to the locker room right where they started tied at zero, but that's when things got interesting.

In the third quarter the Trask offense got things going. The Bears took an 8-0 lead. That’s how the game stood until late in the fourth quarter when Roland-Grise came back to tie the championship game with less than two minutes to go.

Without any timeouts Trask was able to move the ball all the way down to the five-yard line. With less than two second to go the title game came down to one play. Trask made the perfect call. It was a perfect pass, a perfect catch and the best second and third effort you’ll ever see regardless of the level. Charles Balkom fought off three tacklers. He dragged them into the endzone with his outstretched arms and the Bears scored the championship winning touchdown on the final play of the game. Trask beat the defending champs 14-8.

WWAY 5th Quarter co-host Trot Nixon attended the game. Trot was practically speechless after the game. “That was the best football game I’ve seen all year,” Nixon said. “It was really exciting.”

This recap doesn’t do this game justice. Click play video in order to see our game highlights package from WWAY’s Jesse Jones.

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The Trask Bears are the team of the week! Watch it on wway at 6:00 on Tuesday night. They are the first middle school team to be the team of the week. They deserved it because they played great. The bears are the BEST! Nobody could stop them this year.

they better be mentioned as Team of the Week! because they played the game of the year! If you were there hands down it was better than alot of the onsided slaughters these highschools do. mixture of running and passing with this game. hard hits too! just saying! not boring like some i've seen

I have nephew playing for trask and a Godson playing for holly shelter. I told my Godson after the jamboree. I gone follow trask this year. this is how i seen it the whole season. my espy awards would go like this

run of the year --#30 or 32 Charles (Earl Campbell) Balkom against holly shelter, he had to have broken 10 tackles then change direction to out run the defense for a 35 yd score.

catch of the year-- either #6justin(jerry rice) billingslea or #84alex (larry fitzgerald) dihn , billingslea was sweet back corner of endzone for 6 in championship game, dihn was on the run and in traffic against grise. both catches broke grise backs

hit of the year-- no doubt #1parker( ronnie lott) greenough, he let the guy from topsail know don't point at people. hit was so hard the ref screamed! never seen one like it before here!

cool under pressure--#3 burke (tom brady) estes pressured alot midseason stayed with it scrambled optioned. threw a beautiful ball.

defensive player of the year-- so many the ends led by#85 darryl (jevon kearse) mcghee, or #15 josh (julius peppers) blackmon. with those arm spands and athletic ability.Wow! #43 hunter (ray lewis) gainey #45 jackson(brian urlacher) west. #22 shane(charles woodson) mccormick. too many to chose #77 cedric(nick fairley) morrisey did stop the middle against rg
player of the year goes to#30 or 32 charles balkom hands down did it alot with 2 3 even4 people on him out the backfield at times.
these kids i mentioned stood out if i missed any i am sorry. the line showed up against roland grise but in my opinon these kids showed up every game every play! put on dat orange and black next year if all of you can next year.
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The reason Trask won was simple they had a more balanced offense. If you live by the run and run only. You die by it as well. The defense for the Bears held Roland Grise 3 and out at least 6 times. Trask went 3 and out twice. Penalties were about even. Turn overs killed RG. The biggest play RG had was a kick return that went 67yds, and was capped off by a 8yd td run.

I have coached highschool here for a long time. I will tell you this. I have watched the last 14yrs of ms football in this area. This past wednesday night was the best Game I have seen in this area since Hanover vs Southview. In which Hanover got shafted!

Trask and Roland Grise were the most athletic, physical,aggressive teams I have seen here since the JR Highschool times. Trask just had a little more in the tank than RG that night.

Either way the local highschools were very impressed with what we witnessed this past Wednesday. Great job to both teams and coaching staffs. But kudos to Trask Middle School 2011 New Hanover County Champs! You guys earned it.

Best game I have watched this year at any level! Unreal athletes here! I played for Richmond Senior several years back! You guys are bout to get SCARY! I was shocked! Watch out 4A these boys can play!

First of all let me start by saying how proud I am of our guys.
Second Congrats to Trask for a well done season and title game against us.
Third Thanks to our coaches awesome job again!
Thank you Hoggard for allowing us to play the game at your stadium.
Thanks to WWAY and Starnews for your coverage.

My son played last year as a 7th grader and this year. We scored more points this year than last year allowed less on our starting defense than last year. I just feel we played as well as we could.
Trask threw more than we were prepared for and ran the ball very well. They had a very aggressive defense that put way too much pressure on us. The reason I am saying this is we as a team and fans need to stop with the excuses! We lost to the best team any of us have seen in years. Great job Trask! And Great job as well Knights! Remember its harder to repeat as champions than to win just one!

This is a for real invite to players #1 3 6 15 22 30 43 45 77 72 85 84 76 ! I don't know what grades you in now?

We want you to come on over to the Darkside! The Old New Hanover players know what I am saying.

Hoggard is over, Laney is done! Come to New Hanover we are #1 !!!!!!! You guys played well beyond anything we have seen lately! Your team was for real the whole team! THESE BOYS STOOD OUT!!

Open enrollment! Plus heard all the nhhs coaching staff is aware of you tooo!!! YOU BOYS WAS DEATH ROW THIS YEAR! Roland Grise played well too! Trask was just all bout it! Straight up monsters!!

Congrats Trask! You guys earned the title UNDISPUTED, UNDEFEATED, TOP MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM AROUND!!!! Man that offense and defense was straight up NASTY!!!! Looks like Laney and Hanover gonna be scraping people again soon. check wit ya later!!

too bad roland grise was cheated out of there win cause someone bribed the refs to throw the game

The game was fair Trask was just the better team. They outplayed the knights in all areas of the game. They were just better. Also #s 30 3 6 84 85 43 77 and 89 played great. GOOD GAME BEARS! You guys looked really good.

No way the refs were fair Trask was just the better team. There were more balanced and played better. I also think #30 #3 #6 #84 #77 #43 #85 and #89 were awesome. GREAT GAME TRASK!

sports guru I wanted RG to win but come on!

with the amount of folks at the game wednesday, and the way the game was played. we all hope the schools allow us to do this again. one more thing i didn;t even see any law enforcement there.
to me that was a great sign! awesome game, great athletes,and i think the whole crowd was well behaved.

WE HOPE SO! YOU WILL BE ABLE TO PLAY MORE MIDDLESCHOOL GAMES AT NIGHT!

better played than most highschool games! take note coaches!

I watched the most exciting football game I have seen in Wilmington since the 92 NHHS Wildcats played southview. This was two great teams going at it the entire time. I was shocked at the hits,running and passing this game provided. These were the two best middle school teams loaded with athletes I have ever seen! I was pulling for the Black Knights but Trask was by far the best team we have seen (EVER AT THIS LEVEL)! The highschool coaches are going to be drooling over what we all saw lastnight. It was better than any game my son has played in at highschool here so far this season! My nomination for team of the week would be TRASK! Just look at the season those kids had last year to this year. Easy choice guys!

Great coverage WWAY !
Great game!
Great venue!
Great fans!
This was an awesome atmosphere for a championship game! The defending champ against an undefeated challenger. From what I was told Trask and Roland Grise have not played each other for the title since 1988! WOW! The game was a classic for sure! These were the two best teams we have seen at this level,and probably ever will!

This was a two tear journey for Trask. They got beaten in all but one game last year. Then knock off Topsail Middle who hasn;t lost in 3years, win the Buc Town Bowl game against Noble, and it hasn't ever been back to back for either team. Go undefeated to play the Champion Roland Grise who hadn't lost in two years. The game last nite hasn't taken place with those two schools playing for a title against each other in over 20plus years! Trask won that one too!

Team of the week or at least co team of the week! Great game KNIGHTS!

This was a two tear journey for Trask. They got beaten in all but one game last year. Then knock off Topsail Middle who hasn;t lost in 3years, win the Buc Town Bowl game against Noble, and it hasn't ever been back to back for either team. Go undefeated to play the Champion Roland Grise who hadn't lost in two years. The game last nite hasn't taken place with those two schools playing for a title against each other in over 20plus years! Trask won that one too!

Team of the week or at least co team of the week! Great game KNIGHTS!

great coverage.................. great game! Knights hold your head up! You did it last year.... Trask did it this year! I wish more games were played at night instead of 4:00pm. thank you Hoggard for providing us the venue to play at. This could restart the Roland Grise vs Trask rivalry we use to have back 20plus years ago.