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Rebs RB Hodge headlines Parks & Rec football jamboree

IMG_4006The Maryville Rebs Travonis Hodge (44) makes hit during the Midget jamboree last Saturday at Alcoa High School. Photos by Jolanda Jansma

By Stefan Cooper
Blount Press Row

It’ll be a couple years before he gets to a high school near you, but Travonis Hodge will be worth the wait.

The Maryville Rebs running back scored on runs of 70 and 45 yards as the Rebs bested Alcoa, 20-6, in the final game of the Parks & Rec Midgets youth football jamboree last Saturday at Alcoa High School.

You’ve probably heard of Hodge’s cousin, former Alcoa Tornado and Kentucky Wildcat Randall Cobb, who now catches passes and returns kicks for the Green Bay Packers.

The 12-year-old, 143-pound Hodge has much of the same shake as Cobb running the ball. The speed’s the same.

The difference in size looks like it’s going to be substantial.

The first Hodge score came on a perfectly blocked toss sweep. Rebs quarterback Rueben Church connected with Tyler Boyd to set up a second Maryville touchdown, with Church sneaking in from the 1 for 14-0 lead.

Alcoa hit back on the first play of the ensuing series, Elijah Young slicing off right tackle and running 70 yards to trim to the margin to 14-6, only to see Hodge return the lead to two scores not long after.

Elijah Young wards off a defender en route to an Alcoa touchdown.

Elijah Young wards off a defender en route to a touchdown.

While you’re at it, don’t sleep on Young, either.

He knew where the end zone was when he made the corner, and he didn’t waste any time getting there.

From the Fairview Raiders’ new all-black uniforms – slick stuff, guys – to the new stuff the Heritage Indians were sporting – liked those, too – the sights and sounds of a new football season underway was a welcome sight.

It was the Pee Wee and Midget leagues on Saturday. Two days later at Everett Recreation Center, the 7- and 8-year-old Grasshoppers exchanged first licks. A massive, late-evening thunderstorm cut things short, but it was still a great show.

The Grasshoppers kick off the regular season on Aug. 23 with games at Everett. Games are scheduled every Thursday and Saturday, the season concluding with the Oct. 28 Super Bowl.

The Pee Wees and Midgets open on Monday, with games every Monday and Tuesday finishing with an Oct. 25 Super Bowl.

Take a look at the video and some of the pictures on our photos page. Get out to a game when you can. These kids aren’t only the future; they’re worth it.

To the players and coaches: Good luck, guys. See you out there.








One Comment

  1. sheena smith

    August 20, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Thank you blount press row for posting things like this!
    We have out of state family who love to be able to see
    our boys.GO SMITH BOYS!!

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