December 12, 2007 > Titans' girls and guys lose at Nationals after a tremendous run
Titans' girls and guys lose at Nationals after a tremendous run
By Biff Jones
For the Tri-Cities Titans' Jr. Midgets Pop Warner Football team and cheerleaders to make it to Nationals in both the football playoffs and cheerleading competition was a fantastic accomplishment for the three year-old program. Tri-Cities, playing at Newark Junior High, played the first two years (the minimum required) of their associations' existence in Division III, then moved up to Division II this year.
In this first year of eligibility to move on to Nationals in Orlando, Florida, the 12-14 year-old girls and boys of their Jr. Midgets level of competition won Peninsula Conference titles before becoming Northwest Regional champions. Champions of the eight regional competitions across the United States then met in Orlando for a week to determine the Super Bowl or National Champion winners for 2007.
In the footballers' first round national semi-final game last Tuesday, Dec. 4, Tri-Cities was defeated by Darlington, RI, 20-8. That put them in the consolation game last Friday, Dec. 7, where they found out what they already knew, that at the national level the competition greatly increases. They lost 22-0 to Immokalee, FL. The 2007 Division II, Jr. Midgets Super Bowl was won by North Long Beach, CA as they defeated Darlington,
For the Titans' Jr. Midgets' cheerleaders, it was the same scenario, as they learned what it was like to perform against the higher level of competition. In the cheerleading competition, the squads compete in novice, intermediate or advanced levels and as small or large squads. The Titans' cheer team finished thirteenth out of fifteen in novice category for small squads, finishing above their Bay Area counterparts from Sunnyvale.
Some of these boys and girls will return to their Jr. Midgets' teams next year with a wealth of new experience, while others will have to move up to the Midget level, 13-15 year-olds and to try and get those teams to nationals. The Midgets' football team almost made Nationals this year before being disqualified on a technicality.
Congratulations to all 5-15 year-old kids and their coaches for the great year of competition, and thanks to all the parents, family and friends for their support.