Show-Me State Games youth football offers another chance to play the game

Sunday, June 12, 2011 | 5:55 p.m. CDT
Cole Welker of the Jackson Jr. Indians rests after being tackled by an opponent. The Indians played the Tigers Traveling Football team at the Show-Me State Game Youth Football tournament Saturday afternoon at Cosmo Park .

COLUMBIA — The National Football League may still be stuck in a lockout, but that didn't stop the Colts from scoring a few touchdowns on Sunday morning.

The Columbia Colts youth football team looked like a miniature version of the professional team from Indianapolis in their blue and white uniforms and No. 18 playing quarterback.

The team, made up of fourth-graders from across Columbia, defeated the Mid Rivers Eagles 18-12 on an interception returned for a touchdown on the final play of the game Sunday in Show-Me State Games competition at Cosmopolitan Park.

Regardless of the result, though, many of the Colts' moms were just happy to see their sons playing in the Show-Me State Games. 

Tillie Stone, whose son Colten plays for the Colts, said the team had been practicing for nearly six weeks for this weekend's Show-Me State Games. 

"We love it. We have such a great team and parents; we all just love each other. We love to come to practice and just sit and talk. We're football moms," said Stone, who was one of a few women wearing shirts that read "Football Moms of Boone County." 

Mary Davis, whose son Mason plays for the Colts, also said it is fun being a football mom and that it provides a good chance for her son and her husband to bond.

"I bring the cookies," Davis said. "Dad does the moral support. You know when he can be here, he's on the sidelines so I just let him go, and I hang back here with the moms."

Davis said it was nice for the kids to play at the Show-Me State Games because it allowed them to start playing earlier than their regular season start in August.

"It's cool because Mason always says, 'Is it football season yet?'"

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Robin Nuttall June 13, 2011 | 2:52 p.m.

I was walking my dogs early Sunday morning. Usually Cosmo park is a very quiet place in the early morning, weekends and weekdays. I love it when it's Show Me State Games time. Seeing all of those boys and girls running around and having a great time playing really makes me smile. Some of those kids were so little that their helmets were practically bigger than they were! How cool is it that they were out playing rather than sitting on the couch by themselves in front of the TV or a computer game.

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