They may be small in number — but they are big in heart.
The South Walton Seahawk youth football program has two strong teams, Juniors and Peewees, that will take the field on Saturday as part of the Panhandle Youth Football Association.
The Junior Seahawks will play Shalimar at 2:30 p.m., while the Peewee Seahawks will take on Shalimar at 11 a.m. Both games will be played at Twin Oaks Park in Niceville.
The Junior Seahawks have 25 players on the team and are coached by Josh Woodham. About a dozen of them are 10-year-olds.
“A lot of these guys have been playing together since they were five,” Woodham said.
In addition to their experience of playing together, coach says he’s got some good players in the backfield.
“Cannon Page is a good little running back,” Woodham said.
He also made mention of a Kaelan Garrity, a move-in from Atlanta, who will be quarterback.
“He’s been playing since he was four and he can throw,” Woodham said.
As for the defense, “We shut them down in the jamboree last weekend. We only gave up ground on four plays,” he said.
Players to watch are Jabari Weeks and “Big” Sean Jones.
“Big Sean had the best game of the day in the jamboree,” Woodham said, noting his blocks and tackles.
The Junior Seahawks went 8-2 last season.
“We have high expectations for these guys,” Woodham added.
The Peewee Seahawks have about 25 kids on the team.
“We’re very young and inexperienced,” said Coach Jimbo Bishop.
The Peewees have only a handful of returning players.
Nevertheless, what they lack in experience, coach says they make up for it with “heart.”
“They get after it,” he said, noting they beat Shalimar in the jamboree 12-6.
Standouts on the team to watch for are Jayden Cunningham in the backfield and Maverick Johnson on the offensive and defensive lines.
Bishop has high hopes for the Peewees as well.
“They tackle and block well … they’re fearless,” he said.