South Belt residents celebrate holidays
There’s a chill in the air, as South Belt residents are beginning to celebrate the holidays.
Multiple area schools celebrated Thanksgiving by collecting food for the needy.
American Legion Post 490 and VFW Post 5619 also joined together with the Fuqua Luby’s to provide 100 Thanksgiving dinners for needy families. The veteran organizations reached out to the Leader for help distributing the dinners, as they specifically wanted the meals to go to families in the immediate South Belt area.
The Leader came out one day early this week. This was due, in part, to the Thanksgiving holiday and, in part, to a large ad from Central Ace Hardware on Page 6A.
The Leader’s annual Christmas program is set to begin soon. Now in its 32nd year, the program is also aimed at helping area families in need.
The yearly drive began in 1982 when an anonymous man, now dubbed “The Good Samaritan,” walked into the Leader office and delivered the makings of a turkey dinner. The stranger said his family had been given food when he was young and requested the staff forward the meal to a needy family in the community.
This charitable behavior continues today with several different local organizations and schools taking part.
Last year’s program provided assistance to more than 80 families.
See next week’s Leader for information on how to apply for help.
Dominating the game from the first snap to the last, the Ellington Rams’ senior division team delivered the final blow in showing just who reigns supreme in the Bay Area Football League.
The Rams, entering the game as champions of the League’s National Football Conference, throttled the American Football Conference champion Pearland Patriots 40-0 in the Super Bowl game Nov. 22, at The Rig in Pearland.
With the win, the Rams finished the season at a perfect 13-0, leaving no debate about the division’s top team.
From the outset, the Rams controlled the action. Tailback Jaylen Girdy raced 43 yards for a touchdown on the first offensive play of the game, stunning the Patriots.
A conversion pass from quarterback Able Harris to Christian Cleckley gave the Rams an 8-0 lead just 13 seconds into the game, and they weren’t done.
In the second quarter, the Rams came up big on a fourth-down play to extend their lead.
After Harris was sacked for a huge loss on third down, the Rams were facing a fourth-and-43 play. Not to worry – Harris dropped back and lofted a perfect pass down the right sideline to Shannon Hayes for a touchdown. Just like that, it was 13-0 Rams.
Cleckley came up with an interception with 2 minutes, 25 seconds remaining in the first half, and the Rams’ offense did the rest.
Anthony Gracia Jr. burst into the end zone from three yards out with 37 seconds left in the first half, making the halftime score 20-0 in favor of Ellington.
It was much more of the same in the second half. Late in the third quarter with a drizzle starting to come down, Girdy went 43 yards for another touchdown.
A defensive touchdown pushed the lead to 32-0 as the Rams were in control.
Cleckley scored on a 10-yard run late, and Leroy Rios reeled in the conversion reception for the final points of the game.
Pearland went the entire first quarter without a first down. The Patriots had a couple of scoring chances in Rams’ territory but were stopped each time.
In all phases of the game, the Rams used their overall speed advantage to control the action.
For most of these players, it was the final time to play in a Rams’ uniform together.
The Rams outscored their opponents by a combined 331 to 31 score.
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