Reapers' varsity finish undefeated after Super Bowl win
by Marc Aceves | Patterson Irrigator
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After closing the regular season and the playoffs with an undefeated record, the Palm City Reapers varsity youth football team competed Nov. 23 at Atwater High School in the Bay Valley Gridiron League Super Bowl.

The Patterson-based program finished the campaign at 11-0 with its 16-6 victory against the Oakland Junior Raiders, avenging last year's 6-0 loss in the championship game.

"There is lots of pride on this team, and we were committed to winning all year long," said Reapers' president James Bond. "A team concept is what we preach on the field, and it was gratifying to bring the Super Bowl trophy home to Patterson."

The game's opening possession was key as Oakland pieced together an eight-minute drive, but came up empty thanks to a tough stand from a Palm City defense that surrendered only 37 points all season.

Quarterback Kendrick Bond made the most of his bevy of receivers -- including Andres Awai, Michael McDonald and Jonathan Okitukunda -- producing more than 100 yards and one touchdown through the air for Palm City.

Phabian Portillo, who carried the pigskin for 124 yards, led the Reapers' ground attack that also included Awai and Kendrick Bond (48 yards).

Reapers' kicker Marco Lopez converted two extra-point kicks.

Christian Ruiz and Remoni Tofono led Palm City on defense with multiple sacks and tackles for loss.

Palm City also got a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown from Portillo to help put the game away.

James Bond credits coaches J.T. Felise, Christian Grimal and Preston Hall with molding this year’s squad.

"We had great chemistry on the field, and we operated like a well-oiled machine," James Bond said. "We are really proud of this team for working hard to come together."

For James Bond, reaching the Super Bowl was not just an opportunity to extend the campaign. It was also about giving the players, coaches and fans in Patterson what he thinks might be a glimpse into the future.

"There is a lot of solid talent, and respectable, coachable kids in the Palm City Reapers organization," James Bond said. "These athletes know and love the game. Whatever high school these kids land at will be very lucky to have them on their roster."

Junior varsity

Preparation for next season can officially begin for the JV Reapers, who were eliminated from the Bay Valley Gridiron League playoffs following a first-round setback at the hands of the Oakland Junior Raiders on Nov. 16 at Patterson Community Stadium.

Reapers' players Jerome Lawrence, Kauai Tufono and Emilio Villalobos were workhorses on both sides of the football throughout the team's march to the postseason.

Teammates Nelson Lei and Jaylen Lomack helped bolster the roster.

"These boys are a great group that will lead the Reapers' varsity next year," James Bond said. "With their dedication and hard work, I'm sure they will have an awesome 2014 season."

Contact Marc Aceves at 892-6187, ext. 28, or marc@pattersonirrigator.com





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