SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Two Scotch Plains Fanwood PAL football teams are on center stage when they play in the Super Bowl this Saturday, Nov. 16. For the first time in the history of the New Jersey Suburban Youth Football League, two Super Bowls will be played per each grade level.
There will be a Super Bowl for all four levels, A (eighth grade), B (seventh grade), C (sixth grade), and D (fifth grade) and one Super Bowl each will be played for the National Division and the American Division. In the past, just one Super Bowl was played per grade level when the division winners met in the championship game.
The SPF Raiders will play for the Super Bowl in the National Division on Saturday at Foley Field in Bloomfield. The 5th grade D team game begins at 9:00 a.m., while the sixth grade C team game starts at 10:30 a.m.
The C team sixth grade Raiders will play rival Chatham in the Super Bowl, while the D team fifth grade Raiders meet New Providence in the championship game. The C team Raiders and Chatham fought to a tie earlier this season, while the D team Raiders lost to New Providence in their previous meeting.
This past Sunday, Nov. 10, the SPF C team defeated Somerset Hills, 7-0, and the Raider D team knocked out Springfield, 14-7, in the first round of the league playoffs at Scotch Plains Fanwood High's Tyson Field.
The Raiders B team was eliminated from the playoffs when the Raiders were defeated by Chatham 13-0, in Chatham on Nov. 10.
Here are the players of the week for the first round of the league playoffs.
B TEAM (seventh grade)
- Offensive Player of the Week: Jacob Handy
- Defensive Player of the Week: John Boyle
C TEAM (sixth grade)
- Offensive Player of the Week: Jayvon Young
- Defensive Player of the Week: Aiden Lickman
D TEAM (fifth grade)
- Offensive Player of the Week: Chris Horn
- Defensive Player of the Week: The entire defensive unit that did not give up a TD to Springfield.
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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