The Tri-Citi Hurricanes made a breakthrough in the Peninsula Youth Football and Cheerleading Organization on Nov. 19. Their Juniors' team shut out the Poquoson Bulls 20-0 at Bruton High School to give the fourth-year Hurricanes' organization its first Super Bowl championship.
The victory completed a 12-0 dream season for the Hurricanes.
"The key to our winning the game was an attacking and extremely physical defense," Hurricanes' founder and juniors head coach William Beverley said.
Heading that defense were MVP Taqwain Drummonds at end and linebackers Tashaun Lassiter, Larry Woodard and Kiare Stallings. Drummonds came up with a fumble and an interception while Lassiter returned a pick 53 yards for a touchdown in the second half.
The Hurricanes led only 6-0 at the break, thanks to stopping a first-and-goal by the Bulls with two minutes left in the half.
Besides the interception return, the Hurricanes scored on a 25-yard run by Omar Martin in the first quarter and a 40-yard burst in the third quarter. He earned offensive MVP honors for Tri-Citi with 140 rushing yards. Stallings also stood out at quarterback.
In other Super Bowl games:
Midgets: The Yorktown Patriots capped a 12-0 season with a hard-fought 12-6 win over the previously-unbeaten Poquoson Bulls for the title.
With the score tied at 6 near the end of the third quarter, quarterback Rayvon Patrick connected with wide receiver Jordan Knight on a 12-yard pass for the decisive touchdown. They also teamed up on a 15-yard scoring pass to give the Patriots a 6-0 lead in the first quarter.
Poquoson's only score came on a 55-yard interception return in the second quarter.
For Yorktown, MVP awards went to running back Isaiah Spencer on offense with more than 200 rushing yards and to linebacker Peyton Ryder on defense.
"Our defense played great," head coach Keith Dennis said. He also cited the play of cornerback Jaden Robinson and lineman John Cassidy.
The offensive line also excelled, led by Michael Bauer, Mason Tarter, Unique Boyd, and Richard Whitby.
The Super Bowl win was a first for Dennis, who has been coaching the Yorktown Midgets for the past 17 years.
Mighty Mites: The Grafton-Tabb Tigers put the finishing touches on a remarkable 12-0 season with a 32-7 victory over the Williamsburg Gold Hornets for the championship.
Latrelle Smith-Leaks, the Tigers' offensive MVP, scored on runs of 9, 11, and 3 yards en route to 129 rushing yards on 29 carries. Other scores came from Max Schramel on a 30-yard interception and from Justus Thomas on a 25-yard run.
Schramel, the Tigers' defensive MVP, also came up with another interception that set up a touchdown.
Other standouts were Trey Gibson on the offensive line and Tyler Cotton on the defensive line.
Mites: The fourth-seeded Grafton-Tabb Tigers edged the No. 2 Hampton Tornados 20-19 to complete a 3-0 playoff run for the title.
The Super Bowl win followed victories over No. 3 Williamsburg Gold, 14-10, in the opening round and then unbeaten Yorktown 13-6 in overtime in the semifinals.
The finale featured an exciting ending. With 30 seconds remaining, the Tornados scored to pull within one point at 20-19, but their attempt to tie the game on the PAT run failed when Logan Koontz, Carson Hicks, and Rodney Larkin broke through to make the stop in the backfield.
Koontz was the Tigers' defensive MVP with nine tackles for a loss.
Quarterback Bobby Ashe, the offensive MVP, scored all of Tigers' TDs on runs of 20, 25, and 5 yards while rushing for 150 yards.
Adam Otstot, 29, of Williamsburg topped the field of more than 2,200 participants in the Christmas Town Dash 8K at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg on Sunday with a time of 25 minutes and 39 seconds.
Williamsburg's John Piggott (27:24) and Paolo Cavenashi (28:18) placed third and fifth.
The women's title went to Rachel Rabbitt, 16, of Poquoson in 32:48. Arlyne Spalla Benson (32:51) of Yorktown took third, followed by Connie Glueck of Williamsburg (33:24) and Sheila Scott (33:28) of Newport News. ...
Josh Schlickenmeyer (16:19), Simon Waltrous (16:22) and Scott Gemmell-Davis (16:38) topped the male finishers at the Blue Talon Bistro Turkey Trot 5K in Williamsburg. Glueck (20:09) and Carey Celata (20:17) of Williamsburg were second and third for the women. ...
In the Berwick (Pa.) Run for the Diamonds 9-miler on Thanksgiving, Rick Platt of Williamsburg and Sheri Mann of Yorktown were among the award winners. Platt won the men's 60-and-over age group for the second straight year in the same exact time (1:01:21). Mann placed third in the women's 50-59 class in 1:09:23.
John Confalone is the latest bowler to roll an honors score at a hotspot for bowlers, Classic Lanes in Newport News. Confalone shot games of 267, 269, and 267 for an 803 series Nov. 17. He also shot a 300 game Nov. 23. On Oct. 28, Chris Spells had a career-high night at Classic, shooting 300, 243 and 257 for his first 800 series A week later, he shot another 300.
The Newport News Table Tennis Club is inviting everyone on the Peninsula to play for free from 1-6 p.m. Saturday at the Midtown Community Center. The club will be collecting canned goods and other items for the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank during the open house but making a donation is not a requirement to play. ...
The U.S. National Championships at the Virginia Beach Convention Center will kick off its five-day run with "An Evening of Table Tennis Talents, Techniques, and Tricks" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13. The exhibition will include many former champions of the game and Hall of Famers. Cost to attend is $10.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times