The Poland Little Bulldogs will be holding registration for the 2012 teams on May 20 and June 12 from noon to 4 p.m. at PLB building on Ohio 170 near Dobbins Elementary School. For many that will be signing up, the upcoming season will be one of defending a Super Bowl title.
Last fall, the Little Dogs' 95-pound team posted their second consecutive undefeated regular season. That put them into the playoffs and on October 30, the players found themselves at YSU's Stambaugh Stadium as they faced a tough Austintown Little Colts team. The Poland guys were more than ready and they shut the door on Austintown 26-0 to be named Super Bowl champions.
"The winning team, lead by three-year members and team captains Jared Tucker, Dominic Parker, Ashlin Rabindra, and Mason Spurlock, was honored with a police and fire truck escort through the center of Poland after the team's successful win," said team mom Este Tucker.
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The 2011 95-pound Super Bowl defending champs will return this year, but split between two weight classes. The team consists of, in front row: Kameron Slosser, Josh Burgoyne, Dominic Pagan, Jonah Zuzan, Jim Clinton, Ryan Russo, Marshall Yelkin, Ty Spurlock, Jake Needham, Mikey Gordon, and Brayden Pirone. Standing are: Jared Tucker, Vince Kubala, Jacob Caudle, Brody Todd, Mason Planey, Andrew Centofanti, Ian Francis,
Stephen Madick, Nathan Tucker, Mason Gentile, Ashlin Rabindra, Jack Fulton, Cameron Burke, Dominic Parker, and Mason Spurlock. Coaches, in back include, Mike Gordon, defensive coordinator Dwayne Wilson, head coach Bob Thomas, and coach Mike Gentile.
It was a good victory for the team that went undefeated the previous year, made the Super Bowl, but lost the championship in the final few minutes of the game. The Poland Little Bulldogs had joined the Youth Athletic Conference in 2010. At that time there were three weight classes, 95, 115, and 135. Each class was divided by weight and age.
Tucker said this year, 15 members of the 2011 winning team are expected back, but they will be moving up also. Those players will advance to the new 120-pound team as they attempt to make it two in a row. The 14 younger JV players from that team will continue on the new 100-pound team that is replacing the former 95-pound weight limit. The upper class will move to 140-pound limit.
"In 2010, they had an undefeated season, the first time the 95-pound team had ever done that in 20 years," said Tucker, "Last year's team was exceptional in that they had yet another undefeated season and were able to cap it off with a Super Bowl win. We're hoping for another great year."