While high school playoff season is just getting started, the Paonia Eagles fifth and sixth grade peewee team is already deep in the playoffs and will face the Montrose Aztecs this Saturday for the championship.
"The kids are very excited," said head coach Adam Mendoza.
This year's team has 19 players, seven of whom are in sixth grade. They finished the season with a 6-2 record and have won both playoff games. Last Wednesday they squeaked past the Delta Thundercats with an 8-6 come-from-behind win in the fourth quarter, said Mendoza. In Saturday's semifinals they defeated the Delta Jaguars, again by a score of 8-6, scoring a fourth-quarter touchdown and safety to advance to the Super Bowl.
Mendoza, who has coached in the league since 1993, said this is the third team he has sent to the Super Bowl. The 2009 team was the last to claim the championship.
Mendoza said they have a little bit of scouting information on the Aztecs (and Montrose likely has some information on them), and it should be a competitive game. "We're just hoping they play four quarters," as they have all season, he said, adding that the kids are very positive about the game. "We have a good chance."blog comments powered by Disqus