Sparta takes regional title in 7th grade football

Spartans will play in championship tourney in Ohio

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  • The 2017 South East Regional Champions Sparta Spartans pose with the trophy. Photos by George leroy Hunter

  • Huntington ball carrier Daivon Lofton.

  • Sparta ball carrier Nick Ryan on the move in the first half.

  • Sparta ball carrier Vincent Ferrara.

  • Sparta wideout Matthew Schweizer evades Huntington defenders in the first half. Schweizer had a productive day in receptions including a touchdown.

  • Sparta's Ferrara again gaining ground.

  • Several Sparta Spartans take a breather on the bench.

  • The Sparta Spartans kick off to start the second half.

  • Huntington ball carrier Daivon Lofton struggles against Sparta defenders in the fourth quarter.

  • Sparta running back Michael Favichia drives the ball and Huntington defender Evan Windfield into the end zone for a late fourth quarter touchdown.

— The Sparta Spartans defeated the Huntington Bulldogs (Suffolk County, N.Y.) in seventh grade youth football on Sunday, December 3, 2017. The final score was 24-6.

The South East Regional Championship title win allows the Spartans to advance to the national championship game to take place later in the month in Canton, Ohio. The contest was the final of a three game elimination series in the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s National Youth Football Championship tournament hosted by Pope John XXIII Regional High School in Sparta.

The series ran for three days December 1 to December 3. Several teams that play in the Mid-Atlantic region participated. The Sparta Spartans defeated the Susquehanna Pennsylvania Ponies (Susquehanna Borough, Pennsylvania) on Friday by the score 16-0. Saturday afternoon the Spartans crushed the Keansburg Titans (Monmouth County, N.J.) 30-0.

The national title games will take place at the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village December 15 to 17.

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