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Championship Slate Is Set

Posted by RyanActive Dec 10, 2009

It’s time for championship football! The Pop Warner Super Bowl matchups are set, with teams represented from all over the country. Here is the schedule for the next two days.



Division II championships

Junior Peewee – Stanley Blue Devils (NC) vs. Wall Knights (NJ)

Peewee – Far West Jets (AZ) vs. Lee’s Summit Titans (MO)

Junior Midget Tomlin – New Jersey Giants (NJ) vs. West Lynn Rams (MA)

Junior Midget Warner – Port St. Lucie Gold Pirates (FL) vs. North Long Beach Panthers (CA)

Midget Tomlin – Goulds Rams (FL) vs. Ft. Worth Colts (TX)

Midget Warner – Detroit Dolphins (MI) vs. North Long Beach Panthers (CA)



Division I championships

Junior Peewee  -- Shaker Fire (OH) vs. Liberty  City Warriors (FL)

Peewee – Florida  City Razorbacks (FL) vs. Watkins Hornets (DC)

Junior Midget – White Oak Warriors (MD) vs. Saddleback Valley Wolverines (CA)

Midget – Oak Ridge Colts (NC) vs. Richmond Perrine Giants (FL)


The Saturday games will all be televised at

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A couple of scoring notes from the first few days of the Pop Warner Super Bowl


-- Defenses are winning. There were eight games on Saturday, and four of them were shutouts. There were six more shutouts on Sunday, including a tight 6-0 game between the New Haven (CT) Steelers and the Santa Margarita (CA) Mustangs. And of the four early games on Tuesday? Three of them were shutouts.


-- The most thrilling game so far might be Saturday's showdown between the Edgewood (TX) Seminoles and the Kernersville (NC) Raiders. The Raiders had an 18-6 lead at halftime but the Seminoles stormed back, scoring two second-half touchdowns and winning, 22-18.


-- The high score so far was turned in by the Division I Junior Midget White Oak (MD) Warriors. The Warriors are no strangers to the Pop Warner Super Bowl and they're once again proving to be one of the nation's best. They won their opening game, 40-6.

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This is interesting article from the Star-Ledger in New Jersey on Pop Warner football, particularly for the 14- and 15-year olds who are still young enough to play Pop Warner but definitely old enough to play high school football, too.


Which do you choose?


In most cases, it's a no brainer. You go represent your high school. But in New Jersey, that answer isn't so clear.


Some schools in New Jersey have been forced to discontinue freshman football teams because so many players are sticking with Pop Warner in their early high school careers. The reasons? A strong loyalty to their coach and a chance to travel to Orlando and play in the Super Bowl.


This has forced some high school coaches to "recruit" players in their own boundaries to try to woo them from Pop Warner to high school football.


The Pop Warner coaches interviewed by the Star-Ledger says they encourage players to go play high school football when it's time. But they also welcome them if circumstances make high school football undesirable (like potential playing time).


It's an interesting debate. With nothing like AAU basketball or club soccer competing with high schools, you assume that high school football has a monopoly on 14- to 18-year old players. But that's not exactly the case.

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Champions are Crowned

Posted by RyanActive Dec 14, 2008

A hectic week of football, cheerleading and dancing concluded Saturday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., with the four Division I championship games of the Pop Warner Super Bowl. The big winners where the White Oak Warriors, who had national-champion teams in two different age groups. One of the teams won last year, too, making it an impressive repeat.


Here are the Division I winners:



Frankford Chargers 37, Oak Ridge Colts 6

Jr. Midget

Richmond Perrine Giants 24, Asbury Park Blue Bishops 0


White Oak Warriors 26, Southfield Lathrup Falcons 0

Jr. Peewee

White Oak Warriors 45, Eastbay Wolverines 6

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The Stretch Run is Here

Posted by RyanActive Dec 10, 2008

Wednesday was jam-packed in Florida, with 16 Pop Warner football games and the Jr. Midget Cheer Championships taking place in Lake Buena Vista. With ESPN360 cameras capturing four of the football games, it truly was a hectic day.


Some highlights:


-- Six cheerleading champions were crowned: the St. Cecelias Golden Knights (Advanced Small), the Jackson Jaguars (Advanced Large), the Billerica Braves (Novice Small), the Iselin Giants (Novice Large), the Everett Huskies (Intermediate Small) and the Fairfield Giants (Intermediate Large).


-- The White Oak Warriors football club continues to roll, winning the Jr. Peewee Semifinals, 32-0, and the Peewee semifinals, also 32-0. Both teams are going for a national title this weekend.


-- The Midget consolation bracket probably had the game of the day. The SE Dallas Wolverines beat the Murrieta Valley Thunderhawks, 25-24. The Wolverines were down 16-0 at halftime and 24-6 after three quarters, but scored 19 points in the decisive fourth quarter to stun the Thunderhawks.


Thursday is an off day for football, but the dance competition will keep the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex buzzing all day long. Football and cheerleading resumes Friday.

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Just a quick reminder: Tuesday and Wednesday's games will be shown on, the broadband channel of cable sports giant ESPN. Games will be shown all day both days. Go to to check out the action.


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Monday was an off day for football, but the Pop Warner Super Bowl still had a full schedule.


The Jr. PeeWee cheerleading championships were Monday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and with

Mickey Mouse

in attendance, two champions in three skill levels were crowned.

They are:


Tom River Angels (Small)
Howell Lions (Large)


Cherryville Ironmen (Small)
Brick Dragons (Large)


Kailua Mustangs (Small)

Monroe Wolverines (Large)


Tuesday will be an even busier day. The PeeWee cheer championships will take place, as well as 16 football games in a variety of divisions.

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Super Bowl week is in full swing down in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., with 16 games dominating the day Sunday.


Among a couple of notable scores from the Pop Warner official website :


Harvey Colts 13, Virginia Beach Mustangs 12

-- The Jr. Peewee battle was the day's closest game. Maybe you've heard of the Harvey Colts--several years ago, they went to the Super Bowl with a girl playing quarterback , a Pop Warner first.


Oak Ridge Colts 28, Dorchester Eagles 20

-- The Colts were down 12-0 at halftime. But they scored 22 points in the fourth quarter to storm back and take the game, setting themselves up nicely in the Midget division.

White Oak Warriors 40, SE Dallas Wolverines 6

-- The lone returning team that won a Super Bowl last year, the Warriors look well on their way to a successful defense, scoring 33 points in the first half alone.

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Communities Coming Together

Posted by RyanActive Dec 5, 2008

Google News is a great tool to comb media sites nationwide for a particular subject. For example...Pop Warner.


This is great news out of upstate New York, and indicative of the support Pop Warner football and cheer and dance teams are getting nationwide. The Junior Bills out of the Buffalo area are heading down to Florida after securing enough funds to pay for the travel.


This is always a hectic issue in the week leading up to the Super Bowl--teams are responsible for getting down to Florida by themselves, leading to last-second pleas for donations through media outlets.


The Junior Bills got help in the form of $5,000 from a local wholesale business and $15,000 from First Niagara Bank.


In this tough time for the U.S. Economy, it's great to see people willing to give to see young athletes have memories that will last a lifetime.

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There is only one football team at this year's Pop Warner Super Bowl looking to repeat as champions. And to be honest, I'm not sure which one it is.


You see, the White Oak Youth and Sports Association in Silver Spring, Md., has a slew of excellent athletes in football in a number of different age groups. It paid off last year when the White Oak Warriors won the Junior PeeWee national championship under the direction of coach Mike Wills.



Well, the Warriors' Junior PeeWee team is back in the Pop Warner Super Bowl, rolling through the Eastern Region last week. But it's not the same team.


"We moved up to the PeeWee division," Willis said of last year's champions.


Yes, the same team, a bit older and a bit bigger, now plays up one division. And they, too, are going to the Pop Warner Super Bowl.


To recap: The Jr. PeeWee Warriors won the Super Bowl in 2007. That group of players is now the PeeWee Warriors, and are going to the Super Bowl again. Meanwhile, the up-and-coming (new) Junior PeeWee Warriors are going to the Super Bowl themselves.


Needless to say, Silver Spring, Md., will have a big cheering section in Florida.


It's interesting how dynasties take up similar attitudes, whether they're 10-year olds like the Warriors or 30-somethings like the NFL's New England Patriots. I asked Willis how the attitude changed for his group of players going to Florida for the second straight season.


"Last year they were a little more excited," Willis admitted. "This year, the goal is to repeat. Last year the goal was to get to Florida.


"This year there were only a few kids that celebrated when we won regionals."


Just like the pros. You've been there before, you begin to act like it.


The PeeWee Warriors are 12-0, rolling through the schedule behind an amazing defense. They play the Southeast Dallas (Texas) Wolverines on Sunday to begin their title defense. The younger guys are trying to maintain the Jr. PeeWee dominance, starting Sunday against the Palmetto Raiders out of Florida.


Don't count either of them out. After all, this isn't the first dance for the White Oak Warriors. Far from it.

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