The 12U Pasadena Chargers football team kicked off the season with a 6-0 victory over the Severna Park Green Hornets at Lake Waterford Park on August 24.
Pasadena’s win moved the team to 1-0 in the American Division of the Anne Arundel Youth Football League.
A 12-yard touchdown run by Hebrew Norfleet punctuated a third-quarter scoring drive by the Chargers to break a scoreless tie. Isaiah Gamble and Norfleet both ran for multiple gains of 10 or more yards on the day in complementing Pasadena quarterback Tyson Ball.
Gamble had two sacks, and Ja’Ron Holland had a big tackle for a loss in the fourth quarter followed by a sack of the Green Hornets’ quarterback to turn the ball over on downs and end the game.
Norfleet, Gamble, Ball, Holland, Ronnie Burrell, Chris Rosario III, Michael Hardman Jr., Isaiah Rodgers, Dustin Steinheim, Adrian Ervin, Jayden West, Nevin Howell, Jayden Pack, Brian Stukes Jr., Ogodluwa Odubore, Darign Green, Rohan Moore, David Calligon, Tristan Ross and Korey Durham comprise the 12U Chargers, who are competing in the top AAYFA 12U Division despite many of them playing with the Chargers for the first time.
“A lot of the kids are first-time players, so they’re going to get used to it, and…they’re going to be ready to go,” said Chargers coach Michael Hardman. “These are all new kids to this organization. It’s week to week. Get that W on Saturday, and that’s about it. That’s what we focus on. We can’t think ahead.”
Hardman preached improvement to the Chargers after the game but was glad they played well enough in spurts to overcome a slow start and earn the win against Severna Park.
“It started off rocky, but we came together better as a team in the second quarter and on,” Hardman said.