The Poland 120-pound Little Bulldogs left it all out on the field Sunday in a spectacular win over the Canfield Little Cardinals in the Youth Athletic Conference Super Bowl held Sunday, Oct. 27. Not only did the Poland Little Bulldogs have the honor of hosting the Super Bowl for the YAC this year, but their 120-pound squad consisting of 9- and 10-year-olds earned a spot in the championship game. Although the Little Bulldogs had defeated the Little Cardinals 8-6 in week 6 of the regular season, the final game was expected to be a spirited one.
The Little Bulldogs had an amazing season led by head coach Deric Madick and assistant coaches Mike Gordon, Harry Campbell, Joe Weimer, Bill Chipps, Bob Francis and Mike They finished their season 6-1, with their only loss to the Austintown Colts in week 5. The Little Bulldogs went on to defeat the Hickory Hornets in the first round of the playoffs and the Austintown Colts the next week to earn their spot in the Super Bowl.
Coach Deric Madick had two themes for the boys this week, " Don't be satisfied," and "Finish the job."
Photos by Mike Capps, Town Crier correspondent
Poland Bulldogs brothers Nathan and Jared Tucker get set for the next play as the Dogs beat the Cardinals 16-6 and earn the trophy for the 120-pound Super Bowl on Sunday, Oct. 27 in Poland.
The Little Bulldogs came out strong on Sunday, earning the first points of the game, taking an 8-0 lead. Dominic Parker ran the ball in for the touchdown, while Andrew Centofanti finished the job with an amazing effort to earn the extra points. Late in the second quarter, the Little Cardinals started putting the pressure on, but the Little Bulldogs were able to hold on to their 8-0 lead going into halftime. Early in the second half, the Little Cardinals were able to get some points on the board, but the Little Bulldogs' defense stood strong and stopped the two-point conversion making the score 8-6.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Little Bulldogs came up with a crucial first down on a 4th and 3 with a pass from quarterback Brody Todd to Mason Gentile. From there, the Little Bulldogs would go on to score again with Dominic Parker getting another touchdown and the extra points, securing their 16-6 victory over the Little Cardinals.