SPF PAL Players of the Week and All-Star Selections

Anthony Robinson and Coach Shawn Johnson Credits: John Mooney
Matt Power on a run. Credits: John Mooney
Westfield QB Steve Angeli and his teammates feature a high powered offense that put up 40 points on Sunday in the championship game. Credits: John Mooney
Westfield had a potent rushing attack in Sunday's conference championship game. Credits: John Mooney
Raiders cheerleaders perform. Credits: John Mooney
A winning season for the 8th grade Raiders comes to an end. Credits: John Mooney

WESTFIELD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Fanwood PAL football season came to a close on Sunday, Nov. 12, when the eighth grade Raiders were eliminated from the New Jersey Suburban Youth football League playoffs in the A level with a 40-0 loss vs.Westfield.

Congratulations to the eighth grade A team as the Raiders finished with a 6-3-1 record this autumn and advanced to the conference finals. Here are the SPF PAL Players of the Week for the final time this football season.

  • Offensive Player of the Week: Anthony Robinson
  • Defensive Player of the Week: Matt Power

After the game, Coach Shawn Johnson, who had coached the group since fourth grade, told his players:  "If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best."

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"You played in the conference championship; not everyone gets to do that. You have grown before our eyes," added Johnson, who announced the team's All-Star selections (two linemen and two position players).

  • Anthony Robinson          
  • Matt Power
  • Mikey Banic
  • Tyrell Weir-Johnson
  • Jake De Gaetano

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 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. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNewsandfollow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.


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