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Dec, 2012

2012 Jr. Midgets win Peninsula Conference & Region Championships and National Semi-Final Runner Ups

This 2012 championship season has been years in the making. A core group of these boys started playing together as Tiny Mites when they were 5-7 years old. Being physically smaller than most opponents, with several current players still barely making the minimum weight requirement, this group suffered many losses in previous seasons. This year it all came together with the addition of several new players and under the leadership of 20 year head coach Tim Hilton. With a simplified playbook with an emphasis on perfect execution, some tough love and a lot of work, the Jr. Midgets are currently 9-2 and headed to Orlando, Florida for Super Bowl Week Dec. 1-8.  During the final minutes of the Championship game win over Hollister, one parent said, “As time was running out, it was so loud and exciting because we were going to win, but then the parents got scared and quiet because we said how are we going to pay to get our kids there?  Another parent said, “We’ll figure that out later, right now we’re about to be champions!” and then it got loud again.”

Coach Tim says, “The kids have had to endure some unfavorable circumstances over the years, but they kept believing, never gave up, and they deserve this. The most exciting part for me is being able to take these kids, many who along with their parents have not traveled far from San Jose, on a plane across the country and broaden their worlds”. The Raiders went on to beat the Oak Cliff Jets from Dallas, Texas at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. Needing to win one more game to advance to the 2012 Pop Warner Division II Super Bowl, the Raiders were stopped by the New Haven Seahawks from Connecticut.  Although the season ended in the National Semi-Final game, the boys enjoyed the ride of their lives during a season never to be forgotten.