Play Inc. wrapping up grid season

CNJ staff

The Play Inc. youth football season wrapped up last weekend with championship games in three tackle divisions and “bowl games” for teams which did not finish in the top two in their league.

In games at Jim Hill Field, the Clovis Gators defeated the Hereford Hostile Herd 28-6 in the fifth-sixth grade division while the Clovis Trojans blanked the Clovis Gators 32-0 in the third-fourth grade bracket.

For the Gators, it was their third consecutive title. They won the third-fourth grade division two years ago as fourth-graders, then stepped into the higher division last year and won that.

At Marshall Middle School, the Farwell-Bovina Red Raiders took the first-second grade division title with a 28-12 win over the Hereford Little Heard.

The three championship games were played on Sunday, while the other games — two in each division — were played on Saturday.

Sammy Herrera, who has served as the league’s director since its inception 15 years ago, said 36 teams participated in the program this year with more than 1,400 players, up from around 900 players a year ago.

“When we first started, it only had four teams,” Herrera said. “Now we’re getting a lot of teams from out-of-town.”

Play Inc. also sponsored three divisions of flag football for ages 3 and up, with a total of 20 teams taking part.

This weekend, the fifth-sixth grade league is sending six teams to the “Top of Texas” tournament in Amarillo. Meantime, several of the third-fourth grade teams will participate in the “Turkey Bowl” tourney in Farwell with teams from outside the immediate area.