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.