Gwinnett Heat wins another Adapted Sports title

Photo by Christine Troyke

Photo by Christine Troyke

Adapted sports competitions aren’t for the faint of heart. The sports are tiring and the play can get rough.

Look at Conor Roberts as an example.

The Gwinnett Heat team member broke his arm in the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs semifinal football game last weekend, though it didn’t keep him from playing in the title game later in the day. He even threw a touchdown pass as Gwinnett won its second straight state championship.

The Heat, the Gwinnett County Public School system’s adapted sports team, won state for the second straight year with a 48-29 semifinal victory over the DeKalb Silver Streaks followed by a 41-20 win over the West Georgia Wolverines.

“This is a great accomplishment to be able to win back-to-back state championships,” said Mike Phillips, who runs the Adapted Sports program for GCPS. “Our team and coaches have worked really hard this year. They are an amazing group of young people.”

Joe Chandler threw four TD passes for the Heat in the title game and teammate Brice Croxton had five TD passes, one TD run and five extra-point conversions. Tyler Farmer, Keitra Douglas, Trintney Whitsel, Stephen Hobson, Croxton and Giselle Zavala led a stout defense that held West Georgia scoreless in the second half.

Farmer (three TD passes), Chandler (two TD passes), Croxton (five TD passes, two TD runs, four extra-point conversions) and Roberts (two-point conversion run) were the standouts in the semifinal win over DeKalb.

Gwinnett, which finishes with a 5-3 record, is coached by Michaela Istone, Jennifer Elinburg and Brian Elinburg.