The Kapahulu Raiders (HI) and the Tamiami Colts (FL) both came out to play for a chance to make it to the Division II Championship game here at the 58th Pop Warner Super Bowl at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Unfortunately, only one team could make it and it was the Tamiami Colts. Congratulations to the Kapahulu Raiders for making it this far and we hope to see them again next year!
The scoring got started after a key interception by Tamiami Cornerback #2 Marcus Fleming Jr. that gave the Colts good field position. Running back #8 Roscoe Parrish III started the ensuing drive with two straight runs of 10 and 15 yards. Quarterback #2 Marcus Fleming Jr. converted a long 3rd down with a run of 11 yards to setup a touchdown from Roscoe Parrish III to make the score 6-0 in favor of the Colts.
With a little over 3:30 left in the second quarter, the Kapahulu Raiders knew they needed to put some points on the board. That is exactly what they did with the help of Quarterback Trevor Siu’s arm. He first completed a great throw and catch to #25 DJ Utu who had to make a diving catch to get the first down with a gain of 25 yards.
Then he completed another big play to #88 Koby Moananu to get the ball down to the Colts 8 yard line. A couple plays later, Siu connected with Moananu for a slant pass of 5 yards and a touchdown. Kicker #76 Matthew Maiava made the extra point even after a 5 yard penalty pushed them back to make the score 8-6 at half.
The Colts started the second half strong with an opening possession touchdown from Marcus Fleming Jr. on a 16 yard run. Hector Cordero Jr. kicked the extra point through the uprights to make it 14-8 in favor of Tamiami.
The Colts defense really showed up in the second half holding the Raiders scoreless and getting 4 sacks in the game. The game changing play came halfway through the fourth quarter when #24 Manuel Del Valle III came from the blind side to strip the ball away from the Raiders and #6 Anthony Alvarez came up with the key fumble recovery for the Colts. Marcus Fleming Jr. iced the game with a long 50 yard touchdown run, his second of the game, to put the score out of reach at 20-8 and clinch their spot in the Division II Pee Wee National Championship game!
The Tamiami Colts will host the Watkins Hornets (DC) for the Division II Pee Wee National Championship on field 17 December 12 at 10:30am. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN 3.