Texas Youth Football Team Barred From Playoffs for Being ‘Too Good’

by Matthew Memrick
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One Texas youth football team has been banned from the playoffs for being “too good.” The Flower Mound Rebels reportedly outscored their opponents 199-6 en route to an undefeated season. 

CBS Sports reported that the team consists of seven- and eight-year-old players. Other teams say the 7-0 Rebels are too good to play in the rec league.

Or is it a case of coach Ragan Montero and her team beating up on everyone this season?

Texas Youth Team A “Select Team?”

Keller Youth Association Vice President Rhett Taylor’s team lost 33-0 to the Rebels, and he said they were a “select-level team.”

Taylor said the league decided because other teams would cause “a problem” if the Rebels kept advancing to the finals. Ain’t that Texas for you? 

“This is the Keller league, not the Flower Mound league,” Taylor told NBC Dallas Fort Worth. “In my mind, they’ve dominated our league.”

In Taylor’s game against the Rebels, he said his team got one first down. The coach added, “And my team is good.”

One of the Flower Mound players, center Greyson Tanner, was saddened by the decision. He told NBC that he felt “like (the team) deserved to play in the playoffs.”

His coach, Ragan Montero, agreed. Montero called Taylor a “sore loser” and accused the vice president of changing the rules to benefit him.

The woman worked hard to get her team into the league, and after beating Taylor and his team, the man refused to shake her hand afterward.

She told The Cross Timbers Gazette that she would not have joined the league if she had known this would have happened. 

Team Very Young, But Very Good

Notably, the Flower Mound Rebels have only been in the youth league for one year, and 10 of their 17 players were new to football.

Montero also said the league punished the team for its hard work.

“I don’t think we can be too good,” Montero told NBC Dallas Fort Worth. “He wants to play with us, but he doesn’t want us to be good. I’m not really sure what that teaches the kids. Hey, try your hardest, but sorry, you won’t get the end result you want?”

Montero coaches the team with her father, Albert Montero. Together, they have gone with the philosophy to play every player regardless of ability.

“If we got up, I let kids who never touched the ball before going into the game,” Montero told The Cross Timbers Gazette. “They would say, ‘Coach Ragan, can I run the ball?’ And I would say, ‘sure, man, get in there.’”

Montero said the worst part about the decision was telling her team that the season was over.

She told them that “literally” they were too good to play in the league. She added that the decision wasn’t fair, and it hurt, but they had to keep playing. Many of the players thought they did something wrong, but their coach told them that wasn’t the case.

Montero told them she’s keeping up the fight, but there’s no appeals process, so the Rebels’ season is over. 

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