The Deer Valley Americans season started in July, with in-person registration at Barro’s Pizza on 67th Avenue in Glendale.
The season ended Friday, in Orlando, Florida.
The Glendale-based Deer Valley Americans (ages 10-12) are bringing home a National Championship title. In the Pop Warner Super Bowl the Americans defeated Florida’s Westchase Colts on Dec. 14.
ESPN announcers called the upset “the surprise of the tournament.”
Trenton Wilkins and Richard Munoz were two of the standouts in a united team effort led by coach Dusty Mathis.
The title game was held at Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. To make the championship game, the Americans defeated North Carolina’s Capital City Steelers.
In another Pop Warner division, the Deer Valley Bulldogs came close to making the Super Bowl, but lost their semifinal game to Oak Cliff Titans from Dallas.
The Pop Warner Super Bowl is made up of 71 teams that compete in either Division I or Division 2 across three different age/weight ranges (Jr. Pee Wee, Pee Wee & Jr. Varsity) or in one of three Age-Only Divisions (U10, U12 & U14). To advance to the Pop Warner Super Bowl, a team must win both of its League and Regional Championships. Each advancing team is guaranteed to play two games at the Super Bowl, with a National Champion being crowned in each division and competition level.
According to its website, “Deer Valley Pop Warner Football and Cheer has served the Valley for more than 20 years. We are a completely volunteer, nonprofit organization focused on teaching young people the value of teamwork, dedication and hard work.”
Visit @dvpopwarner on Facebook for game highlights and more.