Super Bowl Saturday takes place in Goshen

Published 10:09 pm Saturday, October 17, 2009

Three championships are on the line today in Goshen, as the South Central Youth Football Association Super Bowl Championships will be decided.

The SCYFA awards three championships to three different age groups, the Mighty Mites (seven ad eight-year-olds), Termites (nine and 10-year-olds) and Pee Wees (11 and 12-year-olds).

However, it is not just a single championship game being played in each division, but rather a four-team playoff meaning, that the town of Goshen has been able to enjoy a day full of youth football since about 9:30 this morning.

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Or, rather, the town has been able to enjoy a day at the football field since this morning, but the actual football was delayed a bit.

“It started out kind of crazy because our officials weren’t here,” said Goshen Recreation league president Troy Johnson. “We had to round up some officials for the first three games before the other guys could get here to call the other six.”

The Mighty Mites kicked off the action this morning a game between McKenzie and Pleasant Home. McKenzie won that game to secure a spot in the Mighty Mite Championship later today.

McKenzie will face Red Level, who defeated Florala in the second game of the day to earn a spot in the championship.

The Termites were up next, with a game between Kinston and the hometown Goshen Eagles.

Unfortunately for the Eagles, Kinston advanced to the Termite Championship.

The other spot in the termite title game was earned by Florala, who defeated McKenzie to earn that spot.

The Pee Wee division also has plenty of action scheduled for today, as Red Level is set to take on Florala and Goshen is set to take on Pleasant home.

Two wins for Goshen would give its team its third straight Super Bowl title.

“This is a team I’ve been coaching since they were eight years old and they’re about 12 now,” said head coach Shea Phillips. “They’ve won 28 straight games, so they’ve got a lot to lose tonight, but they’re ready to play.”

Phillips said the team must remain focused in order to capture a third title.

“Sometimes their confidence gets built up too high,” Phillips said. “You’ve just got to make sure they stay focused and know that every team is out here to beat you. They’re not scared of you. They’re out here to in the game just like you are.”

Regardless of the outcome, playing in an event like the SCYFA Super Bowl is truly an exciting time for the players.

“They practice so much and play so hard, it’s good for them to have this reward for them at the end of the season,” Phillips said. “I try to tell them all the time that it’s important now, but when they get my age, they’ll be able to look back and remember what they did, so it’s a big deal.”