BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- Braden Lutz kicked a 23-yard field goal with 32 seconds left in the fourth quarter, lifting the Chatham 6th Grade football team to a 16-14 win over Scotch Plains in the youth football championship game played Saturday, Nov, 16 at Foley Field.
The previously unbeaten sixth grade SPF PAL "C" team had a 7-0 lead early in the third quarter. Chatham scored to make it 7-6 and missed the extra point. The Raiders scored again to make it 14-6. Chatham answered and made the extra point to make it 14-3. The Raiders had a three-and-out, and Chatham brought the ball down to the 13-yard line before Lutz kicked the winning field goal in the final minute.
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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Braden Lutz kicks the winning field goal for Chatham with 32 seconds left