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Young football player plays in big game but not without challenges

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Amarillo, Texas - We've been talking a lot about high school teams who've won state championships, NFL teams and playoff action, but one area 6th grader will be playing on a national stage this weekend.

The Bret Cooper Junior All American Academic Bowl will take place this weekend down in Dallas. Sixth graders from all across the country will face-off for an East versus West invite only match-up featuring the best of the best.

Amarillo will have three on the field. One of those is Tarik Williams. "I was kind of surprised because I didn't.. I could of never knew I was going to be picked to an All-American bowl game before," Tarik said. In only the 6th grade, Williams is already a stand out on the football field. Something mom and dad say has come easy for him. "He's a dedicated kid and he loves the sport," Veronica Morales, Tarik's mother said.

"That's the only thing you can sit there and think, like what is he going to be like when he hits high school," Thomas Williams, Tarik's father said.

But not everything is easy for Tarik. "Tarik was just recently diagnosed with dyslexia," Morales said. Football is something that mom says has helped propel him. "I tell him we're in the no pass no play thing. I think that encourages him to do better at school, and at the same time it's encouraging for him to do better on the field," Morales said.

And the young player has high aspirations to keep playing the game. "I hope I go to a good college so I get a good education, and just play football," Tarik said.

And where does he want to go? "I want to go play at Oregon," Tarik said.

Tarik and the other area players will be in Dallas this week working out with other players getting ready for their game January 4th.