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Powerhouse League enjoys good first year

October 4, 2012

The Starkville Saints approach the line of scrimmage during a workout. (Submitted photo)

There are several little powerhouse teams that's making the Powerhouse Football League a success in its first season of existence.

Fred Tate, Powerhouse board member and spokesman for the league, is happy with the way the season is progressing to this point and especially with the success of the Starkville teams.

"The league is running good and Starkville has three teams in the league," Tate said. "We've got the Cowboys, Raiders and Saints. Starkville is the only city that has three teams. They are all doing well with several undefeated right now."

Tate coaches the undefeated Saints (7-0) of the Northeast 6-8 Division, while Rodney Johnson is the president of the Cowboys and he coaches the undefeated (6-0) Cowboys of the Northwest 6-8 Division.

Keith Lawrence and Ken Fair coaches the unbeaten (6-0) Raiders of the Northeast 11-12 Division, and the Raiders of the Northeast 9-10 Division are also undefeated (6-0).

Each division is broken down into three age groups with the three Cowboys teams from Starkville leading the three divisions in the Northwest Division, while the Saints lead the Northeast 6-8 Division and the Raiders lead both the Northeast 9-10 and 11-12 Divisions.

The teams involved in the league are Cowboys, Chiefs, Steelers, Patriots, Cardinals, Yellowjackets, Saints, Packers, Broncos, Raiders and Ravens. Tate anticipates more teams to join the league next year.

Tate is part of the board that oversees the distribution and management of the identification tags, so the players participate under the rules.

"There has always been a weight limit on the ball carriers," Tate said. "We could spot someone that might be too big to carry the football. We can just go over and check their ID. Some coaches will try to do anything to win, but if they don't have that ID, the team will get in trouble. That ID means a whole lot."

The season continues through October with the Powerhouse Super Bowl taking place in Scooba on Sunday, Nov. 4.

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