By Tina Pappas
The Totowa Tigers won two division level championships in the Patriot Bowl that was hosted in the Borough. The league plays under the North Bergen Junior Youth Football League.
The winning teams were the Pee Wee Division (3/4) and the Senior Division (7/8). Both games were held at the P.A.L.’s new turf field on Nov. 13, with the Pee Wee Division team winning against Ridgewood and the Senior Division team winning against Montville Township. Both teams were presented with sports award certificates by Mayor John Coiro and council members at the council meeting on Nov. 23.
The Pee Wee Division team ended the regular season with a record of 4 and 4, which qualified as the lowest seed in the Patriot Bowl, according to Mike McGovern, Pee Wee Division Head Coach. He said the first game in the Patriot Bowl was against first-seeded Hawthorne.
“With a huge defensive effort and some razzle dazzle, we won that game sending us to the Patriot Bowl Championship game against Ridgewood, the team we opened the season against and lost 26-7,” McGovern explained. “Our boys had a great week of practice and with grit and determination, we won the game 26-20 to avenge our loss to win the Patriot Bowl Championship!”
According to Lou Porta, Senior Division Head Coach, the team members also displayed their brand of magic during the season. He said the start of the season was very disappointing, but they fought hard, ignored all the talk around them and focused on getting better.
“Where you end up says a lot more about you than where started, so this team exemplifies that,” Porta said. “In the end, they proved that the only opinions that really matter are the ones from people in the program. I’m so proud of these young men. They always gave full out efforts on the field and the end of the day. The results proved they’re Patriot Champions!”
Photos courtesy of Mark Monteyne