HANOVER TOWNSHIP, N.J.- The National Youth Football Championship congratulates the Hanover Tigers for winning the National Championship at the Junior Pee Wee level. On their journey this season the team “answered the call” by displaying their unique talent, true sportsmanship, and a rare passion for the game.
During the 3 day tournament at the $700 million Johnson Controls Pro Football Hall of Fame Village, there were over 1700 players representing 70 teams across the country including teams from both Mexico and Hawaii. In a stunning game, the Hanover Tigers won 14-12 with only six seconds remaining with a ten yard pass from Marcello Laracca to MVP Caeden Burkhard.
In presenting the Tigers with the National Championship Belt for the Junior Pee Wee division, Rich McGuiness, Director of the football and basketball division of Legacy Global Sports commented, "This team has had a great run continuing their undefeated streak for the last four years and demonstrating a great record. We knew there was a journey to be had the last few weeks. Their tenacity, focus and team spirit was demonstrated through their exceptional performance.”
Rich McGuiness created properties such as the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and Football University is now one of the driving forces behind the Youth Football National Championship, an event that took place for the first time ever at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH.
“On behalf of Hanover Township, New Jersey and the Tigers, we are honored and delighted to have had the opportunity to participate in the Pro Football Hall of Fame tournament. The boys played with extreme heart and fought for this Championship Title until the very last seconds of the game,” added Head Coach Vincent Laracca.
They are led by the following coaching staff; Assistant Coaches Jim Kraley, Brian Aker, Keith Burkhard, Dave D’Addizio, Frank Ench, Jose Morales, Brian Mulligan, Joseph Mulligan, Douglas Petty, Leonardo Salese, Peter Urato and Head Coach Vincent Laracca.