Football and a birthday surprise

Published 4:38 pm Wednesday, September 14, 2022

The Smithfield Packers Youth Sports football teams welcomed the Deer Park Titans to the Luter Sports Complex over the weekend. The 6-and-under Flag (Blue) team prevailed 25-6, while the tackle teams all fell.

The 10U squad, shown here taking the field, had a strong showing; the only points scored were on an errant snap and recovery in the endzone. Smithfield Packers Youth Coach FonTera Gaddis received a surprise birthday serenade, surrounded by members of the cheerleading team and members of the 10U team.

Separately, the Smithfield 6U Flag (Gold) team traveled to Coventry Elementary School in Yorktown to face the Tidewater Dawgs 757. The game was forfeited by the Dawgs due to not having enough participants at the start of the game, but the two teams scrimmaged, ending in a 6-6 stalemate.

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For Week 5 of the season, the teams will scatter with the 6U Flag (Blue)/8U/10U/12U teams headed across two bridges to play the Gloucester Knights; the 6U Flag (Gold) team will travel to Warhill Stadium in Williamsburg to face the Back River Bulls (Maroon) team, and the 14U team will head to Tabb Middle School in Yorktown to face the Tri-Citi Hurricanes.

For more information on the SPYS program, visit The organization is a member of the Peninsula Youth Football and Cheerleading Organization. (Submitted photos courtesy of Sean Kelly and Ebony Smallwood)