Montgomery County Rec. Makes History
The Montgomery County Recreation Department 10U football team made history on November 11, as it claimed its first victory at the district level. The team was honored by the Montgomery County Commissioners during a regular monthly meeting on Monday, November 13.
The young athletes played a fierce game against Hawkinsville-Pulaski in the first round of the District Georgia Recreation and Parks Association (GRPA) tournament, as they shut out their competitors and put up 26 points to gain the win. This victory was emotional for several attendees of the game, including Montgomery County Recreation Director Kendall Bennamon.
“This is a big deal because this is the first time that the Montgomery County Recreation football team has won a game on the district level period! They made history,” Bennamon emphasized. “We have a total of 14 kids on our roster – we started out with 26 – so, they have to deal with a lot of adversity, but they overcame those adversities, came together, and pulled out a win. I’m just so proud of them. I called [County Manager] Brandon [Braddy] after the game on Saturday, and I was crying because I know what we had to go through with this bunch this year. That’s why it’s so sweet. It means so much, and I am so happy for them.”
Bennamon said that during the phone conversation with Braddy, he asked if the team could be recognized at the Commission meeting the following Monday, November 13, for which Braddy happily obliged. During the meeting, the commissioners congratulated the team on its victory, and wished the players luck for the game to come.
Unfortunately, the team suffered a tough loss to Jefferson County in the second round of the District 1 tournament on Tuesday, November 14, but Bennamon said he remains excited about the future growth and achievement of the recreation programs in Montgomery County.
A SPECIAL GROUP – The 2023 Montgomery County Recreation Department 10U football team has experienced a lot of adversity this season, but was able to push through the obstacles and gain the first district level football victory in the Department’s history. The Montgomery County Commission honored this accomplishment during its meeting on Monday, November 13. (L to R, Front): Ashton Snead, Aiden Brown, Kaiden Jordan, Diego Ramirez, Ky’Lin Snead, Christian Brown, Kace Williamson, Tucker Howell, Kason Ward, Ethan Snead, Jackson Grier, and Ahmari Nobles; (Back): Commissioner Ginger Morris, Commissioner Leland Adams, Recreation Director Kendall Bennamon, Commissioner Chad Kenney, Commissioner Tim Williamson, Coach Nico Snead. Not pictured: Commissioner Clarence Thomas and Coach David Avilez.
Photo by Makaylee Randolph