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And they won them all. The secret to the team's success lies not with the size or strength of the kids, Fadule says, but in their preparation, hustle, and willingness to work as a team. Most of the Wellesley boys last fall stood around five feet tall and weighed in at around a hundred pounds. "Our opponents, some of them were literally twice that size," says Fadule. "What usually happens at this age is the bigger team runs over the smaller team." Instead, the Junior Raiders found ways to win with kids like Chase, a middle linebacker who's small but "quick, and tough as nails," Fadule says; Blake, a fullback who arrived at every practice 15 minutes early; Fadule's son Joseph, a quarterback who keeps calm under pressure; Michael, a "very smart" player with a knack for snagging interceptions; and Anthony, who "started catching everything" in the playoffs and turned a sure touchdown by the opposing team into a turnover during one game by sprinting down the field and knocking the ball loose at the two-yard line. "Our passing game on offense, our overall team commitment, and discipline and team tackling, that was our formula for success," Fadule says, noting that it sometimes took two or three Wellesley players to bring down one of their Goliath-like foes. And then there's Fadule himself, who played football at Harvard, went on to co-found the college savings company Upromise, and is now semi-retired. Despite being only 51 – and, therefore, a child of the '60 and '70s – he describes himself as a "coach from the 1950s" who isn't afraid to raise his voice and let his players know when they've made a mistake. Those around the team compare Fadule to New England Patriots mastermind Bill Belichick. (Both men have the same mantra – "Do your job" – and both have 16-0 seasons under their belt.) Justin Maiona, president of Wellesley Youth Football, says simply: "He's the best coach I've ever seen." The coach gets in his players' faces. "There should be no reason why you all don't make other teams cry," he tells his team. "I could care less if they cry!" Later, he takes a boy aside and counsels him to hit his opponent in the helmet, adding: "I don't care if he don't get up." These aren't scenes of Fadule interacting with his players, but snip- pets from Friday Night Tykes, a reality show on the Esquire Network that follows a youth football league in Texas. Promos for the show fea- ture red-faced coaches, bawling kids, and a parade of vicious helmet- to-helmet hits. 110 Little Champions W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 4 B A C K G R O U N D : D A V I D L E E top: The team begins conditioning four times a week in August bottom: Celebrating after a victory J I M F A D U L E 108-114_WWMb14_football champions_v2_WellesleyWeston Magazine 4/24/14 4:01 PM Page 110