Friday Night Lights champions crowned

The spring 2013 season of Newport-Mesa Friday Night Youth Flag Football and Cheer wound to an exciting close on a picture-perfect evening in Costa Mesa May 17 at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex.

On May 10, 66 teams in four divisions (grades first-second, third-fourth, fifth-sixth, seventh-eighth) entered the evening with hopes of a playoff championship run.

At the end of the evening half of those teams were eliminated and the other lucky half moved on to the semifinals and finals on May 17.

In the end, only one team came out the division champions and in Friday Night Lights some division have gold and silver playoff divisions so even those teams that might not have had the ball bounce their way during the season, they also had an opportunity to play for a championship.

An additional bonus to the playoffs in Friday Night Lights is the top two teams from gold divisions from each age group from Newport-Mesa Friday Night Lights will move on to face the six other conferences (North San Diego County, Temecula, Murrieta, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach and Los Alamitos) in Los Alamitos for the Friday Night Lights Tournament of Champions June 8.

Newport-Mesa teams will get to see how they stack up against some seasoned teams in Southern California.

— Reader submission

Newport-Mesa Friday Night Lights 2013 Season Championships

Playoffs & Championships

Grade & Division Winners

1st & 2nd Grade

Gold Division

Champions – Green Bay Packers

Finalists – Washington Redskins

Silver Division

Champions – Chicago Bears

Finalist – San Diego State Aztecs

3rd & 4th Grade

Gold Division

Champions – Northwestern Wildcats

Finalists – Georgia Bulldogs

Silver Division

Champions – Missouri Tigers

Finalist – Wisconsin Badgers

5th & 6th Grade

Gold Division

Champions – Florida Gators

Finalists – Colorado Buffaloes

Silver Division

Champions – USC Trojans

Finalists – Arizona Wildcats

7th & 8th Grade

Champions – San Francisco 49er's

Finalists – San Diego Chargers

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