The Crimson Tide Roll Into the Championships

Little Stangs Football makes it to the FNA championship.

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Kate Nordhaus, staff writer

The fifth grade McKinney Christian Academy¬† Lower School boys played in the FNA football league this fall. FNA is a non-contact, flag-football league that brings a competitive and fun atmosphere to each game. Fifth graders Rhett LeBlanc, Braden Johnson, Jack Nordhaus, Ben Nordhaus, Mason McAnally, Noah Sebastian, Zach Behling, Jacob Agness, Lakota Keith, and fourth grader Trase Ackmann have been competing together for over eight seasons of flag football. The team is coached by Ryan Nordhaus, Eric Sebastian, and Dave McAnally. The Crimson Tide finished 8-2, going all the way to the championship game against the Nittany Lions where they fell short 33-28, receiving second place in the league. When asked his opinion on the season, Nordhaus said, “It was great season for the boys, it was an awesome opportunity to play in a new league against older kids. It really challenged the boys mentally, physically, and spiritually. There was a lot of growth in all three areas, we were very competitive, and everybody contributed in different ways. Throughout the season it was total team effort and I couldn’t be more proud of how they played this season.”

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  • Coach Nordhaus gives the Crimson Tide a pep talk before their game begins.

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  • Fifth grader, Noah Sebastian hands the ball off to Jack Nordhaus.

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  • Fifth grader, Jack Nordhaus celebrates with his quarterback, Noah Sebastian after scoring a touchdown.

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  • Braden Johnson breaks down to pull the flag.

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  • Fifth grader, Rhett LeBlanc catching another touchdown for the Crimson Tide.

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  • Fourth grader, Trase Ackmann runs the ball down the sideline for a Tide touchdown.

  • Fifth grader, Mason McAnally, lines up for the next play.

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