We Are the Champions! DPR and Silver Spring Squads Take Pop Warner Super Bowls!
On kiddie football's biggest stage, Abney was a bigger boy among boys, scoring on 50-yard and 8-yard runs in leading his Marshall Heights Bison to a 34-6 rout of the East Bay (Calif.) Wildcats in the Pop Warner Super Bowl for Pee Wees (no more than 12 years old or 120 pounds).
This comes after Abney scored all his team's points in last week's semifinals to put the Bison in the championship game.
Marshall Heights, completing a 15-0 season, is sponsored by the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, which claims to be one of only two municipal rec agencies in the entire country to have a Pop Warner charter.
To celebrate the Super Bowl win by a city-run squad, Mayor Vince Gray is throwing a pizza party at 5:30 p.m. at the John A. Wilson Building.
Also invited: Members of the Beacon House Falcons, another powerhouse kiddie football outfit under the DPR umbrella.
Alas, the Falcons aren't flying quite as high, having lost to the Sweetwater (Fla.) Ravens, 13-7 in double overtime in the Pop Warner Jr. Pee Wee (11-and-under, 105 lbs. or less) Super Bowl. The squad ends its season 14-1.
Not invited to the downtown bash, but bringing home hardware to our area nonetheless: The White Oak Warriors, a Silver Spring dynamo that edged the Virginia Beach Mustangs 34-30 in the Super Bowl for Jr. Midgets (13-and-under, 135 lbs. or less).
Marshall Heights, Beacon House and White Oak have all won Pop Warner national titles in in recent years. It's as if, while nobody was paying attention, the D.C. area became to kiddie football what Taiwan once was to Little League Baseball.