Monday, January 29th, 2018

WON NATIONAL JUNIOR PEE WEE CHAMPIONSHIP  IN LATE DECEMBER AT PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

The Hanover Tigers football team has been honored by the Morris County Board of Freeholders for winning the first-ever National Pro Football Hall of Fame Junior Pee Wee Football Championship, in a thrilling game played in late December in Canton, Ohio.

photo of Hanover Tigers' players and coaches pose with the Morris County Board of Freeholders, Sheriff James Gannon, Hanover Mayor Ron Francioli and Committeeman Thomas "Ace'' Gallagher

Hanover Tigers’ players and coaches pose with the Morris County Board of Freeholders, Sheriff James Gannon, Hanover Mayor Ron Francioli and Committeeman Thomas “Ace” Gallagher

The boys’ team, comprised of players in grades 5 and 6 from Hanover Township, won the championship by defeating Chambersburg, Pa in the semi-finals by a score of 27-0, and then defeated Ogden, N.Y., 14-12 in the championship match – scoring on a touchdown pass caught with just six seconds left in the game.

“We are so proud of these young men for representing their town, their county, and – most important themselves and their families – in such a positive manner,’’ said Morris County Freeholder Director Doug Cabana. “We congratulate you.’’

“The freeholders and all residents of Morris County are extremely proud of your success, which reflects highly on the hard work and dedication you put into this season,’’ said Deputy Freeholder Director Christine Myers.

Freeholders Honor Hanover Tigers National Champion Youth Football Team

Sherifff James m. Gannon (left) and Freeholder Doug Cabana (right) stand with Caeden Burkhard, who caught the winning touchdown pass

Coach Vinny Laracca and his coaches received a county resolution of congratulations, while the 21 players who represented their team at the championship event received county certificates, and a special award from Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon.  Also at the ceremony were Hanover Mayor Ron Francioli and Committeeman Thomas “Ace’’ Gallagher.

Members of the Hanover Tigers who traveled to Ohio for the championship games are: Colin Aker, Alex Birecki, Jacob Birecki, Caeden Burkhard, Jake Cefolo, Lucas A’ddozio, Andrew Deehan, Jonathan Erhardt, Michael Fahmie, Aidan Gallagher, Kevin Graham, Adam Katz, Matthew Lahoe, Marcello Laracca, Anthony Morales, Patrick Mulligan, Tyler Petty, Michael Taccetta, Patrick Turchiano, Peter Urato, and Chase Wright.

photo shows players and coaches at Freeholders' event watch a film showing their winning touchdown

Players and coaches at Freeholders’ event watch a film showing their winning touchdown

During an outstanding regular season under the direction of head coach Laracca and his staff, the Tigers went undefeated, with a 9-0 record, and were the American Conference champions in the Morris County Youth Football League, having completed four consecutive undefeated seasons.

Freeholders award county certificates to members of the team.In December, the Tigers played in a regional qualifier in Sparta, and then traveled to the National Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, for the Hall’s inaugural junior national championships.

On Dec. 15, they defeated the Chambersburg, Pa., Steelers in a semi-final game by a 27-0 score to advance to the championship round.

On Dec. 17, the Tigers defeated the Ogden, N.Y., Bears in a thrilling game – scoring the winning points on a touchdown pass with just seconds remaining – for a 14-12 win to capture the National Championship.

To view the winning touchdown in the championship game, visit: https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=qKurfDxTt_c