The Bulldogs (14-0) beat the Lathrop Junior Spartans (12-1) 30-12 in the Delta Youth Football League Super Bowl at Kimball High.
The Bulldog team has had the same coaching staff and many of the same players since 2009, when they were the Tracy Raiders novice team. Players are now in the 10- to 12-year-old age group.
“I feel like they've grown up with me,” said defensive coach Keith Moody, whose son, K.J. Moody, has been on the team for four years. “I watched them when they were little guys. A lot of them were skinny back then, and now they're big and solid and great football players.”
Moody, a former defensive back with the Oakland Raiders, including the 1980 season when they won the NFL Super Bowl, said that this Tracy Raiders/Junior Bulldogs team has gone 51-1 over the past four years. The one loss was to the Tracy Cougars in the DYFL South Conference championship game in 2009.
Bulldogs linebacker and fullback Kristien Reyes, who ran in touchdowns for his team in the second quarter and fourth quarter, has been on the team all four years. He said the players who joined the team for the first time this year also did their share to make it a perfect season.
“I wanted to win it just for the people who haven't won one yet,” Reyes said about the game Saturday. “I still have butterflies every game, but everybody is sure we're going to win. I'm just so proud of my teammates.”
Quarterback Joshua Wallwork, also with the team since 2009, said players started the season confident that they could win the championship again.
“We try hard in practice and make every play perfect,” he said. “It pays off.”
Saturday’s game was a rematch of last year’s Super Bowl, and this year the Spartans came into the game as the undefeated champions of the DYFL North Conference.
“I think we knew from the beginning that we would find this team in the Super Bowl, so we prepared for them all year long,” Bulldogs coach Gabe McCarty said. “We prepared (the Bulldogs) for a close game, and they came out and made sure there was no doubt.”
Also scoring for the Bulldogs was Joshua Alvarado, who grabbed a 7-yard pass from quarterback Wallwork in the second quarter and ran for a 3-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Hayden Patzer was three-for-four on conversion kicks, which are each worth two points.
Novice: Cougars 30, Trojans 14
The Cougars trailed 14-12 at the halftime but shutdown the Northwest Stockton Trojans in the second half to win the DYFL novice Super Bowl at Kimball High on Saturday.
“I think our kids were nervous in the first half. They haven't trailed in a game since we lost in the first week of September,” said Cougars coach John Harvey. “The second half they responded. We just felt like we could stop a lot of the things (the Trojans) like to do.”
Damon Lomas and Jorden Harvey scored for the Cougars in the first half. The Cougars took the lead early in the third on Lomas’ 5-yard touchdown run. Devon Roberts scored in the third on a 26-yard run. Roberts made a 10-yard dash to the end zone in the fourth quarter. The Trojans forced a fumble as Roberts crossed the goal line, but the Cougars’ Kainoa Ballungay was there to pick up the ball in the end zone to make it a 30-14 game.
“This team really came together about the middle of the season,” Harvey said. “They set their goal, and their goal was to win this. The kids did it. We just had to point them in the right direction.”
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