The ABC Youth Football League hosted its annual Youth Super Bowls on November 2.
Two different age groups comprised the two championship games. The nine-year-old and ten-year-old or Junior level and the eleven- and twelve-year-old or Senior level. The championship games were held at Forker Field in Grove City.
The Junior game pitted the 4th seeded Armstrong Braves (8-2) versus the 1st seeded Slippery Rock Rockets (9-0). From the opening kick off to the last minutes of the game, this was a true edge-of-your-seat game. It was a defensive battle that ended with Armstrong victorious over Slippery Rock with a score of 6-0.
Ed Totin, Armstrong’s President, expressed, “It was truly a nail biter till the end. I credit John Rupp (Armstrong Head Coach), his staff, and players for preparing.”
“This is the second year in a row that John (Rupp) and his team have appeared in the Super Bowl, winning last year’s match-up in a triple over time game,” Totin added.
The Senior game had a similar scenario, pairing the 2nd seeded (9-0) Armstrong Warriors versus the 4th seeded Karns City Blue Devils (6-3).
This was also back-to-back Super Bowl visits for the Armstrong Warriors. In the first half, Karns City came out strong, challenging the Warriors to make adjustments. And make adjustments they did, dominating the reminder of the game, and securing the 30-8 victory for back-to-back Super Bowl wins.
Totin credited “Buzz” (Eckman), his coaches, and players for the victory and undefeated season.
“It’s a special group at that level,” Totin said. “If they stick together, they will be very successful in the future.”