The Under Armour Patriots seventh-grade team has added to its hardware.
One of the most successful squads in the Midwest. The Patriots won the Midstates tournament in Kansas City and the Midwest Classic in Des Moines three times and the Sooner Classic Nationals in Oklahoma last year.
The Patriots switched from the Sooner Classic to the prestigious Rocky Top Nationals in Knoxville, Tennessee this past season. It’s the first time a Midwest team has competed in the top unlimited bracket among best teams in the South/Southeast areas.
They lost to the Crimson Tide Select, one of the best teams in the country, 7-0 on a late fourth-quarter touchdown pass to place second. The Patriots beat the Cincinnati Senators 26-20 and the Spartensburg Gators of South Carolina 16-0 to reach the championship game.
Kohl Herbolsheimer, Aiden Young, and T.J. Urban were picked for the All-American game in Orlando, Florida. The game features the top 100 in the country for their grade, so it was a big honor for the Patriot organization.
The club (12-1) is a feeder team for Millard South.
Patriot football director Noland Urban said this squad is the first in the program to take part in the off-season development program focusing on its skill levels, different techniques, physical training sessions, 7 on 7 passing workouts, lineman camps and classroom chalkboard talks.
“We hope the seventh-grade group can be role models for the younger teams in the Patriot organization, so they can understand the success they can achieve by working hard in our football development program,’’ Urban said. “I am very excited to see this group continue to develop and watch them play together in high school. It will be fun to see on Friday nights.’’
Team members are:
Trey Larsen, Blake Clossman, Kaden Burns, Aiden Young, Bo Wendt, Cole Blecha, TJ Urban, Bayley Lacroix, David Braun, Hale Kilcoin, Josh Mccarrol, Connor Braley, Kaden Coats, Kaden Williams, Kutty George, Lavaughn Luellen, Michael Harding, Tyler Wilson, Peyton Swaney, Sincere Browder-Brooks, Peyton Swaney, Tyson King, William Leavitt and Dylan Swaney.