Three local NFL Flag Football teams head to regional competition

Staff Report

Three teams from the Rockford Park District’s NFL Flag Football program are headed to the 2014 Indianapolis Colts Regional Tournament Saturday, Nov. 1, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Every fall, current registered NFL Flag Football leagues have the opportunity to compete in regional tournaments around the country. Winning teams from each age bracket will advance to participate in the NFL Flag National Tournament of Champions at University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals, before the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl Jan. 25, 2015.

The following teams are participating in the regional tournament:

• Rockford Saints (13- to 14-Year-Old Division) — Head Coach: Mike Brown; Assistant Coach: Steve Thomas; Players: Lamarcus Barr, Mykal Brown, Tyshawn Thomas-Dawson, Tavaris Thomas-Dawson, Tierre Derrick, Terrance Ellis, Justice Johnson, Brain Lee Jr., Terry Purifoy and Da’Quayvious Thompson.

• Rockford Jets (11- to 12-Year-Old Division) — Head Coach: Antwon Harris; Assistant Coach: Greg Taylor; Players: Davis Hood, Jaylon Jackson, Blaise Mace, Demarion Puckett, Demarius Puckett, Drew Stadelman, Isaiah Shelton, Zach Tucker, Isaiah Walker and Ben Wood.

• Rockford Bears (9- to 10-Year-Old Division) — Head Coach: Fines Woodard; Assistant Coach: Jerimiah Montgomery; Players: Mason Crowe, DeTerrace Dotson, Brooklyn Gray, Elijah Horton, Khanif Ingram, Khaliq Ingram, Tajionna James, Jequayveion Johnson and Shawnquez Simmons.

Rockford Park District Youth Sports Manager Lamont Jones said: “Our players and coaches have worked hard all season to get to this point, so it’s a big deal to have three teams on the road, hoping for additional wins, and to hopefully head to nationals. We have a lot of talented youth, and these players learn skills and lessons that help them succeed both on and off the field.”

Launched in 1996, the NFL Flag Football program is designed to educate young people about football while emphasizing participation and sportsmanship. NFL Flag Football is the premier youth football league for boys and girls ages 5-17. The program provides young players a fun and exciting opportunity to engage in non-contact, continuous action while learning lessons in teamwork. All participants receive an official NFL Flag Football jersey, a set of flags, trophy, NFL certificate and a field trip. NFL Flag Football consists of a nine-game season, and playoffs in the summer and fall. On average, nearly 600 youth participate in the Rockford Park District’s NFL Flag program, making it one of the largest programs in the Midwest.

Posted Oct. 29, 2014

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