Mitey Mites success story

The Stratford Mitey Mite football team took on three opponents at the Pop Warner Super Bowl at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex from Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in Orlando, Fla. Stratford defeated Holy Cross from San Antonio (Texas) by a score of 7-0, were edged 7-6 by Winter Park (Fla.), and defeated Cortland (N.Y.) 34-0. Team members are: Kaleb Lafontant, Jack Attanasio, Michael Mulligan, Gino Fanciulli, Yavier Cosme, TJ Galich, Anthony Torreso, Anthony Mendoza, Javon Eggleston, Kyle Despres, Spencer Peterson, RJ Kopasz, Jacob Halsted, Aaron Williams, Andrew Dunning, Sean Youngquist, Stephen Ordner and Tyier Simpson. Missing from photo are: Dallas Bunch, Jeffrey Hunter, Jaylin Reid, Eliah Page and Braeden Woolfolk. Team coaches are Darryl Jackson, Demetrius Jackson, Nick Moreno, Trent Joseph, Bruce Claxton, Scott Torreso, Fred Dunning and Team moms are Nicole Tucci and Nikky Williams.

The Stratford Pop Warner Senior Mitey Mite football team won two games and tied another at the Pop Warner Super Bowl at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex from Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in Orlando, Fla.
For the past 11 years, the event has taken place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. during the first full week of December.
The Pop Warner Football Championships (referred to as the Pop Warner Super Bowl) are divided into teams competing in Division I and Division II. Sixty-four football teams compete for National Championships in four age/weight ranges (Jr. Pee Wee, Pee Wee, Jr. Midget and Midget).
Beginning in 2011, Pop Warner also began hosting Mitey-Mite Bowl games, featuring eight teams in the Mitey-Mite age/weight division (7-9 years old/45-90 pounds).
In order to advance to the Pop Warner Super Bowl, a team must win its respective League Championship as well as the Regional Championship.
Each advancing team is guaranteed to play two games at the Super Bowl, with a Tomlin and Warner Champion being crowned in each age-weight division and competition level.
“We were there for three days and the kids went to Disney World to enjoy all the activities the first two days,” Stratford head coach Darryl Jackson said.
“Mitey Mites don’t play for a national title, but the kids did very well.”
All worked out for the locals, who played three 30-minute games on the final day.
Stratford defeated Holy Cross from San Antonio (Texas) by a score of 7-0, were edged 7-6 by Winter Park (Fla.), and defeated Cortland (N.Y.) 34-0.
“It was a great experience for all,” said Jackson, who was assisted by Demetrius Jackson, Nick Moreno, Trent Joseph, Bruce Claxton, Scott Torreso, Fred Dunning and Team moms Nicole Tucci and Nikky Williams.
“Eighteen of our twenty-three players were able to make the trip.”
Kaleb Lafontant, Jack Attanasio, Michael Mulligan, Gino Fanciulli, Yavier Cosme, TJ Galich, Anthony Torreso, Anthony Mendoza, Javon Eggleston, Kyle Despres, Spencer Peterson, RJ Kopasz, Jacob Halsted, Aaron Williams, Andrew Dunning, Sean Youngquist, Stephen Ordner and Tyier Simpson made the trek.
Tucci said, “The kids had a blast. Away from the field they went to the Disney parks, played football for fun at the hotel and swam in the hotel pool — and they can’t wait until next year when they win it all and go back.”
“We couldn’t have earned the berth without all of our players,” Darryl Jackson said of missing players Dallas Bunch, Jeffrey Hunter, Jaylin Reid, Eliah Page and Braeden Woolfolk.
“The season was a good one from start to finish. The Holy Cross team we defeated was nationally-ranked.”

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