BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- The New Jersey Suburban Youth Football League Super Bowl Trophy has returned to the communities of Scotch Plains and Fanwood.
 
That honor is the result of the Scotch Plains Fanwood PAL D team that captured the league's National Conference Super Bowl Trophy for fifth grade with a 7-0 victory over New Providence in the championship game that was played on Saturday, Nov. 16, at a chilly, but sunny Foley Field in Bloomfield.  The SPF PAL, however, did not sweep the two title games when the C teams Raiders fell against Chatham, 16-14, in the sixth grade Super Bowl that was played right after the D level title game in Bloomfield on Nov. 16.
 
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This year the New Jersey Suburban Youth Football League delivered a rule that two Super Bowls will be played at each grade level--one for the National Conference and one for the American Conference.

 
The league's overall Super Bowl Trophy last came to Scotch Plains and Fanwood in 2011 when the SPF PAL  D team won the championship with a 7-0 victory in the Super Bowl against Sparta. That victory capped an 11-0 season for a team that is considered one of the finest in the history of the SPF PAL.
 
In the D title game in Bloomfield, the Raiders broke a scoreless duel when Chris Horn dashed into the end zone from five yards and then Jack Wilber kicked the conversion for the game's only points. 

 
The victory by the fifth grade Raiders avenged their only loss of the 2019 season, which came earlier in the fall to New Providence. The Raiders lost that game by a score 14-0. The champions, who ended with a 9-1 record, were coached by Mike Marranca who claimed after the game "that he couldn't be more proud of these kids."
 
Among the Raider supporters on the sideline at Bloomfield on Nov. 16 were Austin Holman, the head coach of the SPF High School varsity team, Shawn Johnson, the president of the SPF PAL, and other SPF PAL officials. Marranca was assisted on the championship staff by Andrew Dupuis, Jerel Smith and Matt Johnson.
 
So in effort to hail the victors, the entire D team is the final week of the 2019 season's Players of the Week.
 
The Super Bowl champion fifth grade Raiders are Noah Green, Mason Cruz, Micah Smith, Chris Horn, Sebastian Assuncao, Cooper Dupuis, Jack Wilber, Jayden Johnson, Joseph Estevez, Max Markho, John Verducci, Nick Marranca, Omar McFarlane, Elio Lombardi, Andrew Lourenco, Alan Davis, Jude August and Jay Sachkowsky.

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The C team Raiders entered the Super Bowl with an undefeated record that included one tie -- a 7-7 draw against Chatham, its foe in the championship game in Bloomfield.
 
In the Super Bowl for the sixth graders in the National Conference at Bloomfield, the Raiders had held to a 14-13 lead behind two touchdown runs from Aiden Lickman.
 
Then Chatham drove late and was then stopped just a few yards short of the goal line with fourth down approaching and with about a minute to play. Chatham opted to kick and the field goal kicker calmly connected to give Chatham the 16-14 lead that it held up in the final seconds to secure the Super Bowl Trophy.
 
To also honor a splendid season that ended with an 8-1-1 record, the entire C team sixth grade Raiders are the final week's Players of the Week.
 
The Raiders C team that finished runner-up for the Super Bowl are Aiden Lickman, Andrew Peneno, Callum Fynes, Colin Miller, Frank Nanton, Jake Martucci, Jayvon Young, John Robinson, Joseph Lambert, Joseph LaRosa, Joshua Tufuga, Liam Skiff, Luke Murphy, Matthew Krantz, Michael Martucci, Patrick Maignan, Paul Boyle, Sal Racanelli, Sean Fuentes, Thomas Dowling, Thomas Riley and Travis Moore.
 
The SPF C team was headed by coach Kenny Lickman and his staff was comprised of Anthony Martucci, Brett Boyle, Mike Martucci, Dan Picola, Tim Green and Kyle Berwick.

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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