BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- For the first time since 2011, the New Jersey Suburban Youth Football League Super Bowl Trophy will reside in Scotch Plains and Fanwood.

The Scotch Plains Fanwood PAL "D" team fifth graders won the Super Bowl title when the Raiders defeated New Providence, 7-0, on Saturday, Nov, 16, at a cold but sunny Foley Field in Bloomfield.

However, in the game that followed on Nov, 16 at Foley Field, the previously unbeaten sixth grade SPF PAL "C" team was thwarted in its bid to win the Super Bowl title when it fell to Chatham, 16-14. A field goal by Chatham's kicker during the final minute proved to be the difference.

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This is the first year that the New Jersey Suburban Youth Football League held two Super Bowls per each grade level. The D team Raiders won the National Conference Super Bowl championship. The American Conference will hold its Super Bowl games on Sunday, Nov. 17.

The last SPF Raider PAL team to win a Super Bowl came in 2011 when the D team capped an 11-0 season with a 7-0 victory over Sparta in the league championship game.

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Police Athletic League (PAL) was founded in 1991 as a volunteer organization. It aims to develop a friendly relationship between youngster and police officers and a spirit of respect for the law. The PAL emphasizes skill development, personal growth, and fun for pre-high school boys and girls from both Scotch Plains and Fanwood. It runs youth football, flag football, girls softball, volleyball and cheerleading programs, and its volunteer coaches and administrators are police officers and other dedicated individuals who care about kids. 

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