After six weeks and 12 games of youth 5-on-5 flag football, the Sun City Flag Football League will crown a champion in three age divisions on Saturday at Ponder Park.
“It’s great because it’s Super Bowl weekend so I scheduled the playoffs and the championship purposely for Saturday so it kind of ties in with Super Bowl weekend,” said Mario Madrid, the director and founder of the second-year youth league. “Having it on Super Bowl weekend makes it a little bit more fun for the kids.”
In the six team 7-9 division, the unbeaten Mustangs (12-0) look to be the odds on favorite to complete its unblemished season.
“Not only did they go undefeated but they only had 20 points scored on them the whole season,” Madrid said. “They’re really good.”
The No. 1 seed Mustangs will face the winner of the Cougars (6-6) vs. Lil Cowboys (0-12) at 12:30 p.m. The No. 2 seed Termites (9-3) will play the winner of the Panthers (3-9) and the Lions (6-6) also at 12:30 p.m. The 7-9 year old division championship is at 1 pm.
In the 8-team 10-12 year old division, the 12-0 Falcons look to be the team to beat.
“The Falcons look pretty good,” Madrid said. “They’re a basketball team from the Lower Valley I think, but they’re a pretty good flag football team, too.”
The Falcons open with the Tigers (1-11). Its toughest competition looks to be the Miners (11-1) who start the playoffs with a game against the 1-11 Aces. The championship game is at 3 p.m.
The Mini Miners are the top team in the 13 to 15 year old division.
“They could probably beat some adult teams, that’s how good they are,” Madrid said. “They’re from all over the city but a majority of them are from the East Side.”
The Mini Miners will play the winner of the Nightriders (3-7) vs. Cubs (2-8) game. In the other bracket, No. 2 seed The Troop (8-2) will play the winner the Blitz (3-7).
The 13-15 year old championship will be at 4 p.m. also at Ponder Park.
For a complete schedule of Saturday afternoon’s playoff games, log on to www.elpasoflagfootball.com. Log on that website for results late Saturday night, also.
Parents, please email any game photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be sure to add them to Rec In Effect blog.
Also look out for next Thursday’s Get Out! Page in the El Paso T imes Living section for a complete story on flag football in the Sun City.
Until then, Get out there!