2008-11-21 / Sports

Rockaway Ravens Football Team Wins NFC Championship

Members of the Rockaway Ravens organization hold up NFC trophy. Members of the Rockaway Ravens organization hold up NFC trophy. A week ago, two divisions of your Rockaway Ravens have won the Big Apple Youth Football NFC Championship

The Mighty Mites had an epic battle with a foe against which they have not scored a point in two seasons.

After four quarters of hard-hitting football, the game was tied at 0, which sent the game to overtime. In double overtime, the Ravens took the lead and would not relinquish it!

The Ravens organization says the team's heart, persistence and focus are a testament to the outstanding coach. Head Coach Tyrone, Offensive Coach Jerome, Defensive Coach Al, Special Teams Coach Omar and a host of parent coaches constantly pushed our children to levels of greatness. Not only did they push the kids to maximize their athletic ability, but to do so with morals and integrity.

Who said lightning doesn't strike in the same place twice?! First, our Beach Channel Dolphins (with many Ravens alum) went to Curtis HS in Staten Island as underdogs, but emerged victorious.

Then our Rockaway Ravens Junior Midgets went to the exact same place with the same underdog label and came out with the same results, VICTORIOUS.

This team epitomizes the word 'resilient,' the belief in never giving up, and the understanding that hard work pays off!

Stumbling into the playoffs with a 4- 4 record and with only a 16-man roster, no one outside of this team ith their dedicated coaches Sherod, Calvin and Kyle, gave them a chance.

Regardless, with just a belief in each other, many hours of gut-wrenching practice, iron clad determination, and a God-given break or two, these players have become champions!

The Ravens organization would like to give much love and respect to our All-Americans, who lost a hard-fought battle to the Springfield Rifles in the championship game. Lastly, to all of the Ravens who played this season and regardless of any score, you are all champions!

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