UNION COUNTY — The Seahawks Union County Recreation Department flag football team went undefeated throughout the regular season and championship game.
The champion Seahawks finished the season with a record of 8-0 (6-0 in the regular season and 2-0 in the double-elimination championship tournament). Their final game was a win over the Eagles in a final score of 29-12, with five Seahawks players scoring points.
This year was Michael Garner’s second year as a head coach, and his son, Hayden, is a member of the team.
“I think we had an outstanding season,” Garner said, mentioning his players’ and coaches’ hard work while practicing three days a week.
Garner said he was able to do more with the team this year, as 12 of his 16 players returned from last year.
“I didn’t really have to teach them basic plays, so we could do special plays,” Garner said.
He added the team had around 15 different scoring plays to utilize.
Garner said the highlight of this season for him was seeing the joy displayed by the kids on his team.
“When we run a play so much in practice and then use it in a game and it works, I enjoy seeing the kids’ excitement,” he said.
Garner said his team’s biggest challenge this season was stopping big plays on defense. He said he noticed consistent improvement as the season progressed in areas such as executing plays and working together as a team.
Other members of the Seahawks’ coaching staff were Jason Turner, Ricky O’Shields, Wayne Heatherly and Dwayne Rueter.
Garner expressed appreciation for the Union County Recreation Department and its employees for overseeing the league and working hard to make the experience a great one for the children who participated. Garner also said he is thankful for the dedication of the team parents who got their children to practices and games and were willing to help him out whenever there was a need.
Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128.