Lockhart hosts youth football teams at City Park
By Alonzo Garza
Over 30 fifth and sixth grade football teams from across Central Texas took turns on three separate fields between Plum Creek Elementary and Carver Kindergarten at Lockhart City Park on Saturday, April 5.
Along with the 30 teams came approximately 3,000 parents, grandparents, relatives, friends and fans to cheer on their footb
The Lockhart Youth Football League teamed up with former University of Texas and NFL football player Steven Braggs in hosting the Eight Man Spring Season.
Teams with names like Cedar Park Timberwolves, Hutto Hurricanes, Dripping Springs Tigers, South Austin Cowboys, West Austin Yellowjackets, North Hays Gators and Four Points Lightning descended upon City Park as early as 9 a.m. only to have to wait for officials and field markers to arrive sometime after 10 a.m.
Games were moved back at least an hour, but once they got going everything was fine. It was a perfect sunny day with a nice, 70-degree breeze keeping everyone cool throughout the morning.
The teams were all part of Braggs’ All Pro Strategies Youth Football League and it was Lockhart’s turn to host the games.
The sixth grade Lockhart Terminators were the first Lockhart team to hit the field at 10:30 a.m. They went up against the Liberty Hill Panthers. The game was close during the first half and then the Terminators kicked it into high gear for a 26-12 win. The game had been 20-12 until the last 10 seconds, when the Terminators caught an interception and carried it in for a final touchdown.
The fifth grade Lockhart Terminators did not start playing until after 12:30 p.m. The Four Points Lightning proved to be a challenge for the fifth graders. Lightning scored three times in the first half without allowing a single point from the Terminators. The game ended in a 28-8 loss for Lockhart.
The All Pro Strategies Youth Football League teams will travel to Akins High School in Austin for the next round of games. They play on Saturday, April 12, starting at 8 a.m.