An area football team is capping off a successful season with a playoff trip to Texas. It's a big trip for the group of pint-sized players.
It's an exciting time for the Wyandotte County Panthers.
"I couldn't go to sleep," Howard Brown said when asked if he was nervous the night before.
"I'm excited and nervous at the same time," Scharonda Smith said.
She said she was a nervous wreck because it was her son's first big trip out of town.
The 9- and 10-year-olds were all packed and ready to roll down to DeSoto, TX, for the Longhorn National Championship this weekend and the third- and fourth-grade youth football players said they're excited.
"I don't like losing," Jay Fountain said. "We are going to come home and take the trophy."
They gathered in the K-Mart parking lot at 78th Street and State Avenue with family for a huge sendoff as they loaded into vans.
The Kansas City, KS, youth team has been undefeated for three years, but they didn't have the money to send the boys to the championship game. So this year their coaches and parents held lots of fundraisers and were determined to get them there.
"We did a lot just to get to this point. It was hard, but we made it. We're going to bring back a championship to Kansas City, KS," head coach Justin Fountaine said.
The team's head coach said the trip means much more than just football - it's a chance to give the kids an experience they'll never forget.
"As young adolescents in the community where there is crime, a lot of poverty, something like this means a lot to these boys. Some of them have never seen outside of Kansas City, KS," Fountaine said.
Hitting the road with their peers, coaches and community behind them, the Panthers said they got to this point playing with all heart and a focused game plan.
The team has a website so parents can keep track of how the team is doing. Click here for updates on the team.
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