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League can't wait for Super Saturday

By STEVE LEE
© St. Petersburg Times,
published November 16, 2001

HUDSON -- The Pasco Police Athletic League has endured its share of hardships this season, what with expansion, talk of teams leaving and a controversy over player eligibility.

On Saturday, none of that will matter when the youth football and cheerleading organization convenes at Hudson High's Cobra Stadium to crown Super Bowl and Super Cheeroff champions in four divisions.

"It's really been a frustrating year," league president Ted Mounts said. "Frankly, I'll be glad when it's over."

Host Hudson has two teams in Super Bowls -- the varsity Cobras defeated New Port Richey 20-8 in last Saturday's West Conference final and Hudson's junior varsity beat Tarpon Springs 16-6 in a conference final.

Hudson nearly had three teams in Super Bowls, but the flyweights lost 8-0 to Tarpon Springs in the West title game.

"I think it's really good for Hudson to host (the Super Bowls), because right now their league's doing really good," PPAL vice president Kyle Tirrell said.

New Port Richey's mighty mites won the other West Conference final, 19-0 over West Hernando.

Results of the East Conference finals were: varsity -- Lutz 26, Dade City 0; JV -- Lutz 35, Zephyrhills 6; mighty mites -- Dade City 30, Lutz 0; flyweights -- Dade City 22, Lutz 11.

In Hudson's varsity win, Andrew Hart scored on a quarterback keeper and an 81-yard kickoff return. Hudson's Mike Diorio added a touchdown run.

New Port Richey's Bobby Harmer had his team's only score on a 38-yard run.

Matt Edelman and Andre Richards ran for touchdowns in the Cobras' JV win.

New Port Richey's mighty mites blanked West Hernando on Terry Walker's two scoring runs and Kurt Holt's 35-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Marquis Burns had scoring runs of 70 and 50 yards on sweeps and Tyler Guy passed for two touchdowns in Dade City's mighty mites win. Charles Williams and Greg Jenkins had the touchdown receptions.

Dade City defensive back Joey Maldonado added a touchdown on an interception return.

Dade City's offense, defense and special teams figured in the scoring in the flyweights final.

Jamal Haynes ran for a touchdown, Peter Hernandez returned a fumble for another and D.J. Clower scored on a punt return.

PASCO PAL

WHAT: Super Bowls and Super Cheeroffs

WHEN: 9 a.m. Saturday

WHERE: Hudson High's Cobra Stadium

ADMISSION: $3.

SUPER BOWLS: Varsity -- Lutz Chiefs vs. Hudson Cobras; Junior Varsity -- Lutz Chiefs vs. Hudson Cobras; Mighty Mites -- Dade City Pirates vs. New Port Richey Buccaneers; Flyweights -- Dade City Pirates vs. Tarpon Springs Spongers.

SUPER CHEEROFFS: Varsity -- Dade City Pirates vs. Hudson Cobras; Junior Varsity -- Land O'Lakes vs. East Lake Eagles; Mighty Mites -- Lutz Chiefs vs. East Lake Eagles; Flyweights -- Lutz Chiefs vs. East Lake Eagles.

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