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