DuBose claimed the first District Two middle school football championship Nov. 5.

The Wildcats of DuBose earned a 42-22 win over the Bobcats of River Oaks in the historic game played at Ashley Ridge High School.

ìThe players and the coaches feel itís a real honor to be a part of the districtís first middle school championship team,î DuBose coach Derek Noffsinger said. ìSummerville is well known for its football tradition so we feel privileged to be a part of a program that will contribute to the development of young players and hopefully to continuing the legacy of Summerville High School football.î

DuBose opened the year with a 6-8 loss, but then won all six of its remaining games to claim the 2008 title. Noffsinger attributes the feat to an outstanding effort by his entire team.

ìSome of the other teams have better athletes than we do, but we have a lot of heart,î he said. ìWe played hard-nosed football. River Oaks has a good team and they beat us the first week of the season, but I told our players that we have a great coaching staff and that if they would trust the coaches and believe in themselves we could beat them.î

In the championship game, the Wildcats had solid performances from some of its normal leaders. Running back DeVonne Anderson scored four touchdowns, including one on a 63-yard run. Charles Loftland also had a big game and found the end zone. As the anchor of the offensive line, Tray Privette sprang several key plays. Noffsinger says Kevin Edwards was ìoutstanding on the defensive front.î

River Oaks finished the season with a 5-3 record. Scoring touchdowns for the Bobcats in the championship game were quarterback Datwan Commodore, Nick Baldwin and Dexter Doyle.

ìWe had a great season because everyone worked together,î River Oaks coach Butch Barfield said. ìI canít say enough about our parents, students and coaches coming together and making it happen. This was a successful year so I just congratulate DuBose. They also have a fine group.î

Alston, Gregg, Rollings and Oak Brook middle schools also competed in the league. Like Noffsinger, Barfield has high hopes for the newest middle school athletic program.

ìWe have had baseball and basketball programs for the middle schools for some time and I think itís great to now have a football program,î Barfield said. ìIt provides an opportunity for a lot of kids to get involved and it breaths excitement into the schools. It creates school spirit and because we have to operate under high school league rules it puts emphasis on good grades.î

Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or rlee@journalscene.com.