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Super Saturday

Pacific Youth Football League Super Bowl played at COC

Posted: December 13, 2008 10:04 p.m.
Updated: December 14, 2008 4:54 a.m.

The Santa Clarita Valley Athletic Association Warriors celebrate their win over the North Oxnard Warriors at Cougar Stadium. The SCVAA Warriors won the Bantam division during Saturday's Pacific Youth Football League Super Bowl XVI.

The Santa Clarita Valley got a look at the future of its football programs on Saturday afternoon, and the future looks bright.

Three local teams won titles as the 2008 Pacific Youth Football League Super Bowl was held at Cougar Stadium on the campus of College of the Canyons.

Now in its 16th year, the event is the culmination of the PYFL season, which consists of an eight-game regular season and then playoffs. There are five levels of competition.

The Santa Clarita Valley Warriors kicked off the day in grand fashion by defeating Ventura Black 38-8 in the Pee Wee championship game, and the Bantam-level Warriors followed suit by earning an 8-0 victory over North Oxnard Red in the next game.

The Bantam championship was a rematch of last year's Pee Wee-level game, which saw the Warriors edge North Oxnard Red 6-0 for their first Super Bowl title.

In the final game of the day, the Canyon Country Outlaws Black won the Senior Super Bowl by outlasting Camarillo Blue 8-6.

The Junior-level Santa Clarita Valley Seminoles reached the Super Bowl but fell to North Oxnard Red.

In the Midget championship, Camarillo Blue scored a late touchdown in the fourth quarter and intercepted Calabasas Black to seal the win.

As visitors to the area, Camarillo credited the Santa Clarita Valley Athletic Association for proving to be a fine host.

"The great thing is the kids are absolutely excited to come out here," said Camarillo head coach Shane Geringer. "I mean, look around. Usually we play on pretty beat-up fields in low-level stadiums, so they know they're in the Super Bowl when they come out here.

"Santa Clarita's been really great. We appreciate that."

This is the second year in a row that the SCVAA has hosted the Super Bowl. In 2007, the association co-hosted with Castaic and Canyon Country, and the event has been a boon to the community.

"Local businesses get involved," said SCVAA Board of Directors President Derik Hixon. "It brings in a lot of business for us. Last year, there were only four games. They added midget this year, so we probably had 2,500, maybe 3,000 business last year. This year, I'd put that at about 3,500."

Of course, the success of local gridiron squads doesn't hurt, either.

"It's a great turnout," Hixon said. "Any time Canyon or Castaic or the SCVAA is participating, it helps out a lot."

There are 18 total chapters of the PYFL, which includes Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo and other northern valley teams. The site of the Super Bowl is a decision made by the chapters, and since no one offered to host this year, the SCVAA jumped at the opportunity.

"The 2007 Super Bowl was a success, and we decided we wanted to do it again," Hixon said. "No one else stepped up. It takes a lot of volunteers to put this on."

So much so that while the Super Bowl has been good to the Santa Clarita Valley, it may be awhile before local fans get to see the event in their own backyard again.

"I don't think we'll do it again," Hixon said. "Two years is about it for us."

But those two years are something the kids will remember for the rest of their lives.


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