Robert Husseman, The Triplicate

No pads, no helmets, no problem at Mike Whalen Field at Del Norte High School on Wednesday night. Eighth-graders from Smith River School, Crescent Elk Middle School and Redwood School competed in the annual "Turkey Bowl" flag football contest.

Smith River, in blue, competed against a makeshift team of eighth-graders from Crescent Elk and Redwood, in black and red shirts. Aldair Garcia of Smith River, wearing the No. 10 blue uniform, scored three touchdowns (including an interception return on defense) and converted all four extra-point kicks he attempted as the Wildcats defeated Crescent Elk/Redwood, 32-18.