Mighty Mights finish third year undefeated
For the third straight year in a row, the Highland Mighty Might fifth grade team finished their season undefeated.
According to coach Michael Burton, the team, also coached by James Jenson and Stephen Fisher, started playing together in the third grade and competing in the Ark/Mo League.
“It includes schools like Salem, Thayer, Melbourne, Mountain Home and West Plains. This year we decided to play a tournament and went to Harrison and ended up playing two games and there were only three teams in the division. We played Branson and Harrison and we all split and tied. We placed second in that tournament [which was separate from the league],” Burton said. “This is a special group of kids. They are smart and talented. We’ve got speed and size and they play really hard and are very coachable.”
Burton said he attributes some of the team’s success to the support of parents.
“At a time when football is declining in the number of kids that participate, we’ve got good numbers. We started the year with 27 kids. High school and peewee programs across the country are declining, but our numbers are good,” Burton said. “This team, they went undefeated in third, fourth and now fifth grade.”
Burton said the school’s sixth grade team, coached by Jonathan Boyer, also finished well and the seventh grade team maintained an undefeated record during their third through sixth grade seasons.
“I’m really proud of our fifth grade kids. They have some great stats. At least 20 fumble recovers, more than a dozen interceptions and another good stat this year was we outscored our opponents by about 228 to 12 or 13,” Burton said.