GENOA – The GK Mighty Cogs, a private Pop Warner football league, played its first homecoming game Saturday, Oct. 5.
The first game of the day was for Mitey Mites. Players at this instructional level are between the ages of 7 and 9. Games at this level allow one coach from each team to be on the field at all times and do not keep rankings or an official score.
The GK Mighty Cogs, who were 4-2 overall and 2-2 in conference play, were pitted against the Bensenville Bandits, who were 3-3 overall and 2-2 in conference play. The team of 8- to 10-year-olds from Genoa pulled out a tight win in a tough contest and recorded a 13-12 victory over Bensenville.
The day was filled with great experiences and opportunities for the kids. Jim Cornelison, National Anthem singer of the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, sang the anthem before both games while a Marine color guard displayed the American flag at midfield.
Many parents volunteered to donate time and resources to a concession stand and bake sale, which raised more than $1,400 for the American Cancer Society. The players and cheerleaders wore pink socks, which they will wear for the entire month of October for breast cancer awareness.
After the game, the academic achievements of Little Scholars qualifiers were celebrated. One cheerleader and two football players were recognized for their academic achievement. All Pop Warner athletes must maintain a grade-point average of at least 2.0 to play. High achievers are eligible for awards and college scholarships.
The Mighty Cogs cheer team will compete this month for the chance to participate in a national competition at Walt Disney World in December. They performed a difficult routine at the Oct. 5 event that seemed to impress the more than 500 people in attendance. The routine is one they will showcase in their upcoming competition.