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Sparta Youth Football has Two Super Bowl Champion Teams

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Seventh Grade Super Bowl winners Credits: Ron Rippey
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PERTH AMBOY, NJ – Two Sparta Youth Football teams have won their New Jersey Suburban Youth Football League Super Bowl titles.  On Sunday the seventh grade team beat Parsippany 37-6 and the sixth grade Spartans beat Summit 25-7.

The seventh grade team, coached by Jerry DiBlasio and Kevin Frattura had an undefeated season going 8-0.  The sixth grade team, coached by Tim Lindsay and Ross Richardson had a regular season record of 7-1. 

Tristan Jarvis was selected by his seventh grade teammates as their Most Valuable Player. The sixth grade team named Josh Brancy as their Most Valuable Player. 

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This season saw the Sparta Spartan and Sparta Bears programs reunited.  If winning is the standard, the reunification can be seen as successful.

Sparta's seventh grade team took down Cranford in the quarterfinals and Westfield in the semifinals to make it to the Super Bowl.  Sparta's sixth grade team defeated Westfield in the quarterfinals and Richmond Boro in the semifinals to earn their trip to the final game.  Both of the Sparta Youth Football teams were ranked second in thier

The teams will now go to play in the USA Football tournament with finals in Canton Ohio.  This event is sponsored by the National Football League. 

The New Jersey Suburban Youth Football League was founded in 1972 and is currently has 19 towns participating.  The league features playoffs, Super Bowl and an All-Star game aimed at promoting competitive play and good sportsmanship, according to the league. 

Participating towns include:

  • Berkley Heights,
  • Bloomfield,
  • Chatham,
  • Cranford,
  • Kenilworth,
  • Millburn,
  • Morristown,
  • New Providence,
  • Parsippany,
  • Perth Amboy,
  • Richmond Boro,
  • Scotch Plains,
  • Summerville-Branchburg,
  • Sparta,
  • Springfield,
  • Summit,
  • Westfield.

Sparta plays in the American division winning in the B and C teams.  Division B is for middleweight seventh and sixth grade players.  Division C is for lightweight sixth and fifth grade players.   

 

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