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King George Elite AAU football has arrived

The King George Elite football program has arrived in King George. In fact, the program arrived in its infancy during the spring, as a competitive flag football program.

The program, started by certified Speed & Agility Youth Nutritionist Keith Rose, is comprised of three teams (8U, 10U, and 12U age groups).

“Our kids are all younger players, and most of them have not played tackle football before,” Rose said. “After the first scrimmage, the coaches went back to the basics, getting them more aggressive and accustomed to hitting. The majority of our players have improved a lot since day one.”

The teams compete in the Virginia AAU District, and are part of the Virginia Athletic Conference (VAC10). Area competition includes fellow VAC10 members, Fredericksburg Canes, and Spotsylvania Cougars. In addition, their competition will also include Virginia Beach, Lynchburg, and Orange.

The remaining schedule includes road trips to the Richmond City Spiders (Oct. 12), home games versus Fredericksburg (Oct. 19), and a home game against Lynchburg (Oct. 26). The competition will allow King George to meet AAU requirements.

The ultimate goal for all King George teams is to finish in the top four, which will earn the Foxes the right to host the playoff semi-finals.

The AAU program is completely separate from all other local football organizations. Also, all of the team’s equipment and uniforms was purchased by Rose.

“I feel in order for the kids in King George to compete against outside organizations, when they get to high school football, they will need a foundation,” Rose said. “This is something I’d like to introduce to them at an early age. The goal is to improve the product for the entire county.”

Coached by 16 volunteer coaches, the organization is a “heads up” program, where removing the head from tackling is a priority during competition and practice.  All coaches are level-1 USA Football certified and AAU Positive Coaching Alliance certified.

Teams that are successful in winning the AAU regular season or state playoffs automatically earn a birth to the National Championships in Florida, during the month of December.

For more up to date information on King George Elite Football program, go online to www.facebook/kgfoxeseliteyouthfootball. Football practice is held at Hunter Field (The Pitt) from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Weekend games featuring King George VS. Richmond Lions

After a long battle, the 8U Foxes (3-2) lost to a Richmond-based program called the Lions, 18-7. The Foxes turned the ball over three times, and gave up a touchdown with under three minutes left in the game.

From start to finish, the 10U Foxes controlled the game, and eventually won 25-0 over the 10U Lions. After winning three straight games, the Foxes (3-2) have improved to 3-2.

After trailing 6-0, the 12U Foxes rallied to rout the previously undefeated 12U Lions, 23-6. After the Lions’ refusing to come out in the second half, the Foxes’ record improved to 5-0, giving them sole possession of first place in their division.

Leonard Banks
Sports editor

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