Pop Warner Nationals
The Tacolcy Red Raiders Junior Pee Wee football team won the Division II national championship by defeating the Michigan City Wolves (Ind.) 30-13 during the 56th annual Pop Warner Super Bowl at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista.
Tacolcy won the Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner Super Bowl and regionals to qualify for nationals.
National champs: Seth McGill, Roscoe Burton, Eric Pierre, Roger Barton, Travis Pittman, Torrell Jackson, Baron Grant, Deidrick Dansby, Rayquan Smith, Terance Newkirk, Robert Birch, Ramont Gage, Emmanuel Charles, Tercier Muller, Sedan Sturrup, Christopher Maldonado, Jeremiah Torrence, Alaric Pouchie, Dearon Ortiz, Artemius Russell, Marco Wynn, Michael Harp, Jean Auguste, Mike Alexis, Tyquan Covington, McKenzie Jean and Blake Graham.
• The Palmetto Bay Broncos Pee Wee team claimed the Division II national championship with a 27-8 victory over the Gilbert/Chandler Spurs (Ariz.) during the 56th annual Pop Warner Super Bowl at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista.
Palmetto Bay won the Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner Super Bowl and regionals to qualify for nationals.
National champs: Eddie Williams Jr., Lennox Howard, Cairiq Rackley, Kane Vandemark, Cornelius Nunn, Tasheem Reese, Kenneth Hall, Tarod Snead, Trey Flowers, Tyler Harrell, Bryan Lima, Robert Crockett III, Jordan Griffin, Charles Forment, Marcus Smith Jr., Joshua Torres, Adrian Winfrey, Matthew Lopez, Amari Rackley, Dawayne Mason, Alejandro Caula, Jason Vaughn, Kenneth Kolodziejczak, Matthew Porry, Jeremiah Jean-Baptiste, Dante DeRosa, Melvin Rogers Jr. and Malcolm Hyppolite.
• Sixty-four teams from across the nation battled their way through regional competition to qualify for the week-long Pop Warner Super Bowl. National champions were crowned at the event in four divisions (age and weight): Jr. Pee Wee (age 8-11), Pee Wee (9-12), Jr. Midget (10-13) and Midget (11-15).
Pop Warner is the nation’s largest and oldest youth football, cheer and dance organization. It requires academic proficiency in order to participate. The NFL Players Association estimates that roughly 70 percent of current NFL players got their start playing Pop Warner, including former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow (New York Jets), Maurice Jones-Drew (Jacksonville Jaguars), Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings) and Ray Lewis (Baltimore Ravens).
• More Pop Warner nationals next week.
The Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance Championships, presented by Sports Authority, was at Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium in Miami.
The OBYFA is in its 14th season and serves more than 16,000 young football players and cheerleaders in nine football leagues across South Florida. Past participants include West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, Chicago Bears safety Major Wright and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.
The two-day event featured 12 games with member leagues’ Super Bowl winners and all-star teams.
• (13U-145 lbs.) Hialeah Cougars (Miami Xtreme) 8, Northwest Broward Raiders (Florida Youth Football League) 6: With 45 seconds remaining, Trevon Fowler scored the tying touchdown, and then after a couple of penalties, Matias Rodriguez kicked a winning 2-pointer from 22 yards to give the unbeaten Cougars (14-0) the dramatic come-from-behind win. John Correa, the holder on the kick, also had a key run on the winning drive and clutch first down catch.