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The Rancho Panthers Junior Varsity 12U football team capped off an undefeated 11-0 season by winning the AAU Super Bowl.
The Rancho Panthers Junior Varsity 12U football team capped off an undefeated 11-0 season by winning the AAU Super Bowl.

Rancho Panthers end their perfect season as AAU Super Bowl Champions


Friday, December 13th, 2013
Issue 50, Volume 17.
JP Raineri
Multimedia Editor


The Rancho Panthers Junior Varsity 12U football team capped off an undefeated 11-0 season by winning the AAU Super Bowl on Saturday, Nov. 23 in Ontario, CA. The Panthers defeated the Nation Titans from Los Angeles 32-20, who were also undefeated heading into the championship game.

The squad from Temecula had the number one scoring offense throughout the season lighting up 330 overall points on the board in their eight regular season games. The Panthers defense complimented the offense and also led the league with the fewest points allowed at 28 total points. Their path to the championship included victories over the High Desert Patriots 32-0 and The High Desert Jr. Hawks 6-0.

The Rancho Panthers are an unlimited weight football league playing in the Southern California Youth Football League and the Amateur Athletic Union. The format is based on age only and not weight or grade. This format allows players to play with the same age kids to maximize their potential. It also gives the opportunity for bigger kids to play with their same age group and does not force them to play in older divisions just because they weigh more.

Additionally, the league supports teaching kids to compete and work hard for the positions they play as well as playing time. The Rancho Panthers call Rancho Christian High School their home as they practice and play their home games on the campus throughout the season. Rancho Christian High School is located on Temecula Parkway/79 South in Temecula.

This year’s 12U team was coached by Phillip Napoleon, who is no stranger to the sport as he played throughout his youth into high school and then made his way through the ranks playing Division 1 College Football for Kansas State.

"Coach Napoleon demanded maximum attention and effort at all times and is very detailed in his program as he believes that preparation and repetition are the keys to success," exclaims Assistant Coach Rich Otero, who also added, "This was a special group of kids and coaches that were on the field this year and it showed in the family atmosphere with every player supporting each other and every Coach teaching and mentoring at all times."

Players include: Tim Morgan, Nick Mungo, Austin Sio, Malosi Napoleon, Kyle Keleher, Craig Hunter, Levi Dylke, Dewan Hicks, Andrew Jimenez, Jaden Schieberl, Kasey Ehmke, Nate Hersey, Josh Hunt, Wyatt Weatherbee, Donovan Taylor, Dylan Johns, Damian Otero, Kenny Pinzon, Johnathan Limas, Lei Mounga, Ian Hubbell, Thomas Bernal, Leo Martinez, Jacob Carillo and TeddyMax Talanoa.

To learn more about the program and this year’s championship team visit www.ranchopanthers.org.

Rich Otero contributed to this article.


 

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