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D.C’s. Pee Wees Dominating at Pop Warner Football Nationals

Vincent Abney (#9) takes it to the house in Pee Wee championships. Photo courtesy of Pop Warner

 

If Andrew Luck really is gone by the time the Redskins get a turn in the next NFL draft, maybe they can use the pick on Vincent Abney.

Sure, he's a little kid — scouting reports and Pop Warner rules put Abney at less than 12 years old and no more than 120 pounds.

But still.

Yesterday afternoon, Abney scored all his team's points and dominated on both sides of the ball like a latter-day Sammy Baugh in the Marshall Heights Bison's 23-0 rout over the New Haven (Conn.) Steelers in the semifinals of the Pee Wee division of the Pop Warner Super Bowl tournament in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Abney had touchdown runs of 30, 70 and five yards, , and added a sack of the New Haven quarterback.

The win puts Marshall Heights, a team sponsored by the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, into Saturday's title game.

Marshall Heights now takes on the East Bay Wildcats (CA) in the Super Bowl finals.

The other D.C.-proper qualifier in the Pop Warner tourney looks like it's also rolling to a title.

Also yesterday, the Beacon House Falcons earned their way to the finals of the Jr. Pee Wee (11-and-under, 105 lbs. or less) with a 12-8 triumph over the Tustin (Calif.) Black Cobras. Beacon House, another DPR team, will meet the Sweetwater Ravens for the national championship.

The Pop Warner championships are broadcast by ESPN.

Marshall Heights and Beacon House teams have both won national championships in recent years, as have other kiddie squads based within the city.

The other area representative in the Pop Warner extravaganza, the White Oak Warriors from Silver Spring, crushed the Brookline-JP Patriots 31-0 in the semis of the Jr. Midget (13-and-under, 135 lbs. or less). White Oak goes against a Virginia Beach team in the title game.

But, back to Marshall Heights and Beacon House. The continued success of D.C.-proper youth football programs under the DPR-umbrella means we have to keep asking the questions: Why is D.C. high school football so lousy lately?

Also, should DPR take administration of D.C. public school football?

And, finally, does Vincent Abney have an agent?

 

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Comments

  1. #1

    This reporter is lousy and an idiot!!!

  2. #2

    Thanks Dave for your coverage of high school and youth sports in the District. We never get this kind of coverage in the Washington Post. As for DC talent further developing their skills in the DC Public Schools, the DCIAA needs to take steps forward in making their product (high school athletics) more appealing to our local student/athletes. This means implementing and enforcing strong academic standards and providing academic support for those who compete and have the desire to move forward with their lives and/or go to college.

  3. #3

    Thanks again Dave. Each time I watch part of these annual championships on EPSN-extended, Capital Area teams are prominently represented. One would think these kids were from central Ohio or South Florida. Someone is dropping the ball between middle school and prep level (the same ages that academic performance often meets indifference).
    We can do better in the city that gave the world Lenny Ford, Avatus Stone, Lew Luce, Willie Wood, Byron Leftwich and Josh Cribbs.

  4. #4

    Thanks Dave Mc!!!

    Good point Bijan! Hopefully the new DCPS AD will help propel DCPS students to get an education through sports and make not only their family but all Washingtonians proud! We got some up and comers in college right now be on the look out.

  5. #5

    Beacon House!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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