SPARTA, NJ – The seventh grade Sparta Spartan Youth Football team is 2-0 in their quest to play at the National Football League Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  Keansburg was their latest conquest as the Spartans crushed them 30-7 on Saturday afternoon.

The Keansburg victory was a true team effort with strong performances on from both sides of the ball. 

The contest is being hosted by Pope John High School.  The Spartans played the first game on Friday morning easily taking down Susquehanna Pennsylvania Pony team 16-0. 

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The highlight of the game came when Austin Fraturra connected in the air with Elijah Rippen for a 40 yard touchdown.  Another big play for Sparta began with an interception by Matthew Schweitzer.  Schweitzer turned the grab into a 30 yard run for another Spartan touchdown. 

Michael Favichia added two extra points to the total. 

Sparta’s U10 team lost in their first game on Friday afternoon to Susquhanna. 

Both Sparta Spartan Youth Football teams received the coveted invitation from the National Football League last week.  They joined 70 other teams from all over the country playing their way to Canton. 

On Sunday, December 3 at 12:30 the Spartans will go head to head with a team from Huntington, Long Island, New York.  Playing on Pope John’s turf the two teams will be battling for the chance to play in the National Finals. 

The finals, held at the NFL Hall of Fame facility, will showcase the best teams in the other seven regions in the United States.