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Hixson youth football coach has made a difference

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HIXSON, TN (WRCB) -- A Hixson pastor has coached his youth football team to many victories over the past five years. He says his biggest win is knowing he made a difference in these young boys' lives. After this season, he's stepping down.

"If we should lose, if we should lose, we'll stand by each other, we'll stand by each other. With our heads held high, with our heads held high," chanted his team, which is comprised of nine and ten-year-olds.

They're ranked number one in the state, they've made five straight Youth Super Bowl appearances and they've allowed fewer touchdowns than the University of Alabama, but the winning isn't what defines the Hixson Seminoles.

"My number one thing is character and life lessons, we want them to be the best they can be at everything they do," Coach Ronnie Phillips Jr. said. "Football can only take you so far. If they will be great men that will take them a lot further than a game will."

It's all about core values for pastor and coach Phillips and he's been preaching it to his kids for five straight seasons.

If you don't think kids are impressionable, think again. "We don't let no body drag you down. If one teammate is down you rise him back up," said nine-year-old Torrance Roberts.

"We don't fight and scream at each other like a bunch of teams do. If somebody makes a mistake we just say you can do it," added coach's son Ronnie Phillips.

Coach Ronnie and his staff are laying the foundation, they're molding young men to better society and the lucky parents of his players are more than thankful. "He's always led by example, he's wonderful to be around he's so charismatic, loves the game and loves these kids," said team mom Ticey Massengale.

Massengale is trying to talk Coach Ronnie into coaching middle school, but after five successful seasons the old ball coach plans to hang it up before next season.

A decision that wasn't easy to make.

"I love these kids, they've become a part of my life. I want what's best for them," he said. "I hope I'll get invited to high school graduations and Facebook messages on how well they've done in middle school and high school. That's what I hand my hat on, I think we've provided a great a great foundation for a group of kids for their future, that's what I'm most excited about."

The Hixson Seminoles ended their season with another Youth Super Bowl and whether his players continue on with football or not, we know he's impacted their lives off the field. That is what matters when it comes to youth sports.

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