SOUTHINGTON — Southington 14-year-old’s Kamron Beaudoin and Connor Fletcher celebrated their Independence Day weekend in the Lone Star State. The duo suited up for Team Air Force Youth Armed Forces Bowl on Sunday.
The duo seventh- and eighth-grade game was played at Rice University in Houston, Texas. That stadium was the site of Super Bowl XIII.
There were a total of six Southington athletes in action in Houston over the weekend.
Beaudoin and Fletcher arrived in Texas with their families on Wednesday, July 3. They participated in practices on Thursday and Friday. The game was Sunday and the Southington boys were a part of a 48-0 victory for Air Force.
Beaudoin, an incoming freshman at Southington High, played linebacker, tight end and wide receiver. He capped the scoring with a 20-yard leaping TD reception in the fourth quarter.
The 5-foot-9, 150-pounder is no stranger to playing out of state on all-star teams. He’s also suited up at camps in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.
“This was very different because it was very hot,” Beaudoin said. “Other players were more used to the heat. For a while, I was dying out there.”
Beaudoin started his football career at the Southington Valley Midget Football League and capped his youth career playing at the Southington Knights Youth Football Team. He has played winter football for several years and has traveled the nation doing football camps in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.
The rosters were mainly filled with players from southern states, but included players from all over the country. Each player represented a branch of the military. Beaudoin chose Air Force to honor his ‘pop pop’, Technical Sergeant Arthur L. Anderson.
In addition to his touchdown he also made multiple tackles.
“It was a good experience all around,” Beaudoin said. “I also chose Air Force because I was honoring my grandfather.”
Fletcher is a 5-11, 165-pound defensive end and is heading to Wilcox Tech in the fall.
Fletcher had two sacks and a tackle for a loss as Air Force’s defense allowed just one first down in the entire game.
“I had to fight the heat,” Fletcher said. “The people were playing against weren’t too difficult. But it was very hot.”
Beaudoin and Fletcher have been playing together or against each other throughout the ranks of youth football in Southington for nearly nine years.
Fletcher also has played all-star games out of state against teams from Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
The players also received a Bowl Ring during a Friday night banquet.
The other Southington players in action this weekend in Houston included Beaudoin’s two younger brothers Konner and Kaden.
Konner, 12, has played at both Southington Valley Midget Footbal League and Southington Knights football. He plays receiver and cornerback. He also suited up at linebacker in his 5th and 6th-grade contest on Sunday at Rice.
He was on FBU Team CT All-Star team as well and was invited to the Hall of Fame Academy in Canton, OH last year. Before leaving for Houston, he tried out for the Hall of Fame Team CT All-Star team and earned a spot. He will be playing in either Virginia or New Jersey for the first regional game in November.
Kaden Beaudoin, 7, has been playing since he was four years old and was only three days old when he attended big brother Kamron's football game. He has just started attending camps and attended the Patriots camp last year in Massachusetts. He currently plays quarterback and safety. He was also on Team Air Force in Houston. He played in the Saturday game.
Camden Jones, 12, played along side Konner Beaudoin for Team Air Force. He’s typically used as a lineman on both sides of the ball. In Houston, he was mainly deployed as a tight end as his team fell, 14-12 in the fifth and sixth-grade game.
This was Jones’ out-of-state debut. He played flag football as a second-grader, but has played tackle football since.
Southington’s Ryan Porzycki suited up for Team Army. The 9-year-old played cornerback in the third and fourth grader game. He made one tackle in the contest and nearly had an interception. He plays at Southington Knights Youth Football Team.