Congrats to Team Seattle – FBU National Championship Runners Up
The kids played their hearts out. Both the 7th and 8th grade iterations of Team Seattle fought their way through the regional rounds in Sacramento, to earn berths in the San Antonio FBU National Championship semi finals.
The 8th grade team won their semi final round, and played in the Alamo Dome for the FBU National Championship. Unfortunately, they ran up against a fearsome Georgia team and weren’t able to rein supreme. In this case however, reaching the Dome is a pretty special victory in itself.
Team OR 6th graders that bested Team Seattle’s 6th graders also played their way through to the semi-final round in San Antonio, showing the country what kind of football is to be found in the northwest, far outside outside the friendly confines of Century Link Field. As with Team Seattle 7th graders, they didn’t get a chance to play in the Alamo Dome for the National Championship.
FBU National Championship Broadcast on ESPN
Team Seattle 8th graders may not have lived their dreams of winning the FBU National Championship, but many realized another, playing on a national stage. The game was streamed live on ESPN3, with plays called by national announcers, replete with slow motion highlights and all.
Congrats to all the kids, coaches and staff who worked so hard to make this road to the championship happen.
FBU National Championship – Team Seattle in Sacramento
Team Seattle 7th and 8th Grade Teams – Saturday Showdowns With Utah
Saturday, December 14th, the 7th and 8th grade iterations of Team Seattle will take the next step up the FBU National Championship ladder, as they both face their counterparts from Utah. Like Team Seattle, the Utah teams are also tournament favorites, so the Seattle kids have their work cut out for them.
As this is written, the Team Seattle 7th graders have taken care of business, putting Utah under the table by the score of 32-12. The boys are one win away from playing in the Alamo Dome!
Team Seattle 7th Grade After Their Win Over Utah in Sacramento on Saturday
Team Seattle 7th an 8th Both Through to the Alamo Dome!
Both Teams did a great job representing the Emerald City on Sunday as well, knocking off Orange County to earn their trip to San Antonio to play in the Alamo Dome.
The 8th grade team faced their toughest win yet, a sea-saw affair, that they didn’t put away until late in the 4th quarter. After a scoreless 1st quarter, they jumped out to a 6-0 lead mid way through the 2nd. That’s where the score stayed through halftime, at 6-0. not the high scoring contest Seattle was used to
In the 2nd half, OC didn’t fold up the tent, putting a TD and extra point on the board to take the lead 7-6.12.
By now though Seattle had had enough, getting in the end zone once again to bring the lead to 20-14. They kept OC out of the end zone for the rest of the game, and added an insurance TD as well, winning by the final of 26-14 and earning their spot in San Antonio.
7th Grade Team Seattle to FBU championship in San Antonio Too
The 8th graders won’t be travelling down to Texas alone, as earlier in the day, the 7th grade ensured they’d enjoy the 70 degree Texas winter temps as well. The 7th graders also faced Orange County, and the 7th graders from the land of Disney were no match for the kids from Around the Sound.
The 7th grade game wasn’t the nail biter as the 8th grade game, with Team Seattle jumping out 20-0 in the first half, on their way to a 28-7 win, and a San Antonio berth.
FBU National Championship – Team Seattle 2013 1st and 2nd Round
FBU Team Seattle – 6th Grade
After a hard fought battle in their first game against Team Oregon on Saturday morning, Team Seattle 6th graders came out on the losing end. They started a little slow, and it cost them, despite a posting strong finish and outscoring Team Oregon 8-6 in the 2nd half. They entered half time with a 20 point deficit, after dropping behind by two scores in the 1st quarter.
Their nemesis was big OR running back #2, who was so fast, I didn’t even get his name (Jaylen John). Despite many valiant efforts, he proved exceedingly difficult to bring down, breaking multiple tackles on several rushes. He ended up with 9 carries for 151 yards and 3 TDs.
The first round final score was Team Oregon 26, Team Seattle 8. Small consolation could be found in the fact that the little quackers and flat tails went on to eviscerate Team BC to the tune of 52-0 in the regional championship game on Sunday afternoon.
Proving that their selection was no fluke, Team Seattle pummeled a hapless Eastern WA / Northern ID squad into submission the following day, winning their consolation round game 46-6. It wasn’t even as close as the score indicated, with the E-WA/N-ID squad’s offense kept completely out of the end zone; the lone score came on a pick-6.
FBU Team Seattle – 7th Grade
Picked as one of the teams to beat from the outset, Team Seattle’s 7th grade iteration did nothing to dispel anyone’s confidence. The team posted two strong showings, winning their first round match up against Team Oregon 38-26, and setting up a round 2 match Sunday against other first round winner Team BC, who’d made quick work of Puget Sound.
NOTE: Puget Sound gave a good account of themselves against BC, considering they were hastily assembled due to the inability of E-WA/N-ID to field a 7th grade team. They had only 2 weeks practice time before the tournament kicked off. Even so, they were barely bested by the boys from the Great White North, falling 20-12.
Team Seattle 7th grade mercilessly flogged BC, shutting out the Canadians, and eventually winning in what may prove to be one of the largest margins of victory in the entire tournament. The final score was 68 – 0, propelling Team Seattle 7th graders south to Cali for their 3rfd and 4th round games next weekend.
FBU Team Seattle – 8th Grade
Another early favorite, the Seattle 8th graders did nothing to disappoint their supporters, busting out a truly one-sided first round victory over Team Oregon, to the tune of 60 – 15. The Team Seattle 8th graders out scored Oregon in the second half 32 – 0.
The beat down earned them the right to face the other first round victor, E-WA / N-ID, who spanked Team BC 47 – 13.
Sunday’s game wasn’t the blowout the Seattle boys enjoyed on Saturday, as could be expected by the score of both Saturday contests. Despite being put to the test, Seattle emerged victorious 26 – 16, also earning a trip to Sacramento on the 14th and 15th for rounds 3 and 4.
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