By Jim Smith, WBZ-TVBy Jim Smith

WELLESLEY (CBS) — The Patriots still have a way to go, but playoff football has already begun for an elite team of sixth graders from Wellesley.

The Junior Raiders are busy practicing, getting ready for a huge game against a team from Rhode Island on Sunday.

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The winner of that game goes on to the national youth football championships next month in Orlando.

These kids have been here before, the same team won the national title as fifth graders last year. In fact, many of these players have been together since the second grade, and they’ve never lost in four years, going undefeated in league play. That’s 52 wins and zero losses.

Raider lineman Cam Charron says it’s because “our players never give up, even if we’re losing, down by two or three points, we’re gonna keep trying.

Head coach Jim Fadule told WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith his team will be ready.

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“Because these kids know it’s about more than winning and losing, it’s about everything they’ve put into being good teammates, good football players, and giving it everything they have,” he said.

This Sunday’s game will be played in Nashua, New Hampshire.

For Twitter updates from the team follow: @WYF6thgrade


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