One year ago the Pee Wee Westside Warriors became the first Canadian team to take part in the North Cascades Youth Football League tournament in Burlington, Washington.
They did more than just participate, however, as the Warriors steamrolled their opponents winning all four games they played in against some very stiff competition to win the tournament.
Two Saturdays ago on August 18, the Warriors went for an encore performance.
For the second straight year, the Warriors once again traveled south to Burlington to take part in the tournament as part of their pre-season campaign and once again they managed to dominate.
The Warriors not only swept the three games they played at the tournament but did it in convincing fashion shutting out their opponents in all three contests while posting 12 combined touchdowns on the day.
“We brought a high level of intensity throughout the three games that we played and had our opponents on their heels for most of the day,” said Warriors head coach Mike Pauls. “I was thrilled that our defense put up three shutouts in our three games.”
The Warriors not only out-classed their competition on the field but were lauded for their gentlemanly conduct throughout the tournament as well and were the perfect ambassadors representing their community, the VMFL, the BCCFA and the Football BC family.
“We were complimented by the referees for having such good sportsmanship because our players were helping up their opponents after tackling them, and also stopping at the whistle,” said Pauls. “The refs said that the American teams were not good at those types of things yet.”
The Warriors’ tremendous pre-season didn’t just end with their big day in Burlington, however.
This past Saturday, August 25, they took part in the North Surrey “Bronze Boot” tournament finishing up with a record of two wins and one tie to take home the crown for the first time since 1980.
Now the real work begins for the Warriors as they get set for Week One of the regular season in what they hope will be the start of a journey towards a provincial championship in December.
If their pre-season has been any indication, they certainly have plenty of reasons to feel optimistic about their chances.
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