They’re little guys who played real big. Their reward is a trip to the sunny skies of Orlando, Fla. for the 2004 American Youth Football Championships.
This is the second year Winslow youth football teams have participated in the AYF League and the first time they’ll be playing for a National Championship.
Although the Winslow Colts lost to the Prescott Wolverines, 22-12, on Nov. 13 at the Saddledome in Flagstaff, they were guaranteed a trip to Florida whether they won or lost.
Before the season, teams must commit a security deposit in order to be eligible to play in the championships. The Prescott team did not pay the deposit, so even though they won, Winslow still gets to go.
The championship, Nov. 29 through Dec. 4, is set up to ensure that every team plays at least two games. However, the level of competition will be tougher for the Colts. They will play against boys their age and size, but they could face teams from large metropolitan areas where the talent is more plentiful.
The Colts finished the season 9-1 including the loss Saturday. The Northern Arizona Conference includes five teams from Prescott, four from Flagstaff, Williams, Holbrook and two teams from Winslow. The Colts won the East Division.
Winslow has four teams in AYF — two teams in each of the 5-7-year olds and 8-10 year olds divisions. The youngest age group is an instructional league where no official scores and records are kept. Unofficially, the Winslow Titans were also undefeated this season.
All four, the Buccaneers, Titans, Panthers and Colts, played in the dome. The Bucs won 35-28. The Titans won 28-7. The Panthers score was not available.