by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
Football fans will get a chance to cheer on Lancaster and Northumberland counties’ youngest players Saturday, September 29, when the White Stone Coyotes youth football team hosts Richmond County at Lancaster High School.
The junior varsity Coyotes team of 7 to 9 year olds will play at 9:30 a.m. and the varsity Coyotes team of 10 to 12 year olds will play at 11 a.m.
Andy Wylie started the White Stone Coyotes this fall after assisting with the Richmond County team last season. Wylie, who coached a youth team when his son was younger, said he wanted to give the area’s young football players an opportunity to learn and play the sport.
He requested use of the fields behind the old White Stone Volunteer Fire Department as a practice facility on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Wylie also approached the Northern Neck and Northumberland Family YMCAs for equipment.
“I knew they had football equipment from when they had a program. They [both] donated without hesitation,” said Wylie. “Then we were off and running from there.”
The Coyotes field 39 boys and girls. Chyna Wormley is the starting JV quarterback and inside linebacker.
“[Chyna] has earned the respect of every athlete and coach in the program,” said Wylie. “We are super proud of her and all her accomplishments on and off the field.”
The JV and varsity Coyotes’ teams started practice July 31 and played their first games September 1. The Coyotes play an eight-game regular season schedule against teams from Essex, King George, Colonial Beach, Richmond County and Westmoreland.
The varsity team includes Khayleb Williams, Kaiden Wilson, Trayven Wormley, Zaden Veney, Camron Carlson, Jaden Crockett, Brady Vanlandingham, Isaiah Mintor, Kyjeir Betts, Jasir Smith, Jamarcus Russell, Arthur Bowers, Dreamier Bromley, Derrion Cockrell, Dontay Kelly, Noah Benson and Treshawn Morris.
The JV team includes Elijah Blackwell, Gaetyn Craigway, Tristan Steel, Jovan Boyd, Cash Steel, Kentrez Rice, Syn’cere Taylor, Jihad Boyd, Jayden Rich, Brody Parks, Carlmone Noel, DeMaure Palmer, Jahmar Davis, Chyna Wormley, Jamari Redmond, Adarius Henderson, Trayvone Gordon, Javone Gordon, Ja’sye Adamson, Nick Courtney, Messiah Diggs and Dandre Newton.
September 29: Richmond County at Lancaster High, JV 9:30 a.m., varsity 11 a.m.
October 6: Colonial Beach at King George, JV noon, varsity 1:30 p.m.
October 13: Westmoreland at Essex, JV 1 p.m., varsity 2:30 p.m.
October 20: Essex at Colonial Beach, JV 8:30 a.m., varsity 10 a.m.
October 27: Playoffs at Colonial Beach
November 3: Playoffs at Essex
November 10: Super Bowl at King George