The third game of the day brings a great contest in the Junior Midgets age division of the Division I bracket for the 2013 Pop Warner Super Bowl Championship. Definitely a story to go down in the history books, as Liberty City Warriors won a championship last year in the Pee Wee age division, and then repeated this year, taking home some hardware yet again defeating Beacon House Falcons (DC) 22-0, who is also a highly competitive team and gave Liberty City a run for their money for a majority of that contest.
The highlight of the first quarter, and admittedly the first half alike, was a 50-yard touchdown pass to start the scoring drive off for Liberty City, and being able to fully capitalize by making their two point kick. For the remainder of the half, both teams demonstrated the strengths of both their pass and run game but couldn't generate enough momentum to put anymore points up on the board. At halftime we sit with a score of 8-0, as both teams head in for halftime looking to regroup and really get their offensive strategies working.
To start off the second half, both teams have the same goal in mind: SCORE! Both teams relied a lot more heavily on their rush offense as opposed to their passing offense to gain first downs and get some significant yardage to keep moving the chains and getting closer and closer to the end zone. It wasn't however until the final ticks went off of the clock in the end of the final quarter that one of the teams made that possible; that team was Liberty city who used a 2-yd run to break the plane to the goal line and score.
However, this time their attempt for the extra point was no good and so as the third quarter came to a screeching halt the score was 14-0. Heading into the fourth quarter, Liberty City was looking to build on their lead, and Beacon House was looking to have their defense answer the call and step up to the challenge, and for their offense to respond and make a lively comeback, filling the void of not having their usual starting quarterback in the lineup after getting hurt in regionals, but trying to continue to push through the adversity and rise to the occasion.
In the fourth quarter, as to be expected, it was complete with a lot of running on both sides of the ball! Both of these teams were hungry for the ball and to feel the grass beneath their feet in the endzone, and ultimately to lift up that Pop Warner Super Bowl Championship trophy with pride and accomplishment on their hearts.
But, despite some explosive runs, the first and only score of this quarter would come at the opportune moment on a great pass that is then run 20 yards downfield for a touchdown for the Liberty City Warriors with 5:00 left to go in the game, this time capitalizing on all fronts with a good kick for the additional two points to take a commanding 22-0 lead that the Beacon House Falcons would just have no way of coming back from. But Beacon House didn't give up….they continued trying to run they ball, tried their hand at some passes, but it just wasn't enough against this Liberty City team who won it with a final score of 22-0 as the time expired off the game clock.
It was a matchup for the ages and both teams fought and gave it there all! But in the end there can only be one! And for the second year in a row that team is Liberty City. So a huge congratulations goes out to the Liberty City Warriors (FL) who are the 2013 Pop Warner Super Bowl Champions in the Junior Midgets Age Division of Division I.
But also let's not forget the great competition and fierce battle that the Beacon House Falcons gave them in today's contest, your love dedication and sacrifice to this game is immense and will take you far. So to both teams, we would just like to say congratulations on a great display of skills and excellence here and we wish you continued success in all that you do, and remember to always strive for greatness and never settle for mediocrity. Both teams keep your heads help high and wear your uniform with pride and dignity, and winners wear those medals with class and swagger. Looking forward to seeing what future success you'll all have both on and off the field.