Bentonville Football Team Learning Life Lessons


An undefeated Bentonville Football team learning life lessons on the gridiron, but these little Seahawks have their sights set on bigger fields.

“They’re not just playing football they’re not just out here having fun,” Bentonville Seahawks Coach Matthew Marascio said.

These Bentonville 2nd graders are putting in dozens of hours every week under the sun and on the field.

For some of the players this is their first season, but no matter how long they’ve been playing the sport, these seven and eight year olds play like machines.

We’re just out here to play football,” 8-year-old Collin Minellono said.

The Seahawks coaching staff though is looking at the bigger picture.

“What we really try to instill in them is, if your work hard at something, no matter what it is and you’re disciplined about it, you’ll be successful,”  Coach Marascio said.

The players aren’t just held accountable on the gridiron.

“We’ll periodically check in with teachers  to make sure they’re doing their job at school just as well,” he said.

So, the boys are marking “W’s” in gradebooks and scorebooks, and the Bentonville Seahawks know they have to play as one, if they want to be number one.

“Takes hard work and our strong running backs and our big blockers.” Minellono said. “We want to beat this third grade team, we want to make it to the super bowl, we want to go to Dallas.”

The team head to Dallas in December where the boys will get to play teams from all over the south at Cowboys Stadium.

“We’re going to do some great things in Dallas and bring home a title for Bentonville, Arkansas,” Coach Marascio said.

The team isn’t going to stop practicing, but said they’re losing daylight and are looking for an indoor facility so the team doesn’t skip a beat.

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