Enon Pop Warner teams reach Super Bowl

This group photo shows The Enon Eagles Midgets (170 pounders).—PHOTO/BILL ACHUFF

The Enon Eagles football program has certainly accomplished a lot over the last two seasons. For the second consecutive year, the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church’s Enon Eagles have made history by capturing two Eastern Regional Championships in Pop Warner football. As a result, the teams are on their way to the Pop Warner Super Bowl (Division II Football Championships) at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The Eagles will play on Saturday, Dec. 1. In the Junior Pee Wee Division, the Eagles will face the Arlington Thunder from Texas. The kickoff is set for 11 a.m. In the Midget Division, the Eagles will play the Bryan Buccaneers from Texas at 6 p.m. Fans can watch the games live on ESPN3. Tracey Thomas is the youth director at Enon Tabernacle Baptist and organizer of the football program. Thomas has seen the team develop over the years. He knows this is a great opportunity for the kids.

“For me, it’s very interesting because I remember when I had 70-pound team in the league when we first started,” Thomas said. “That year we not only didn’t win a game, but we didn’t score a touchdown that season. We were a church team that was joining the Pop Warner League. Even though we didn’t win our first season, we were able to get together with the other team and pray in the middle of the field. It was rewarding in that area.

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“Then, as time went on the team got better and the coaching got better and we started winning.”

In addition to the two teams, Enon has a 90-pound football team that will play in an exhibition game. Enon also has a cheerleading team that will compete down there.

Enon’s football program has grown in leaps and bounds. This is the eighth season for the football team at the church. The church has eight teams.

The Enon Eagles Midgets (170 pounders) advanced to this round by defeating the Mo Better Jaguars from Brooklyn, New York. The Enon Eagles Junior Pee Wee team (105 pounders) topped the Sayreville Leprechauns from Sayreville, New Jersey. The Enon Mighty Mites (90 pounders) won locally against Parkside Saints and earned the Liberty Youth Athletic Association championship. The Enon Eagles Midget cheerleaders competed with the top 14 cheerleading groups in the Eastern Regional Championships and placed second in the competition.

Ninety-five students are on their way to Florida by bus from Enon, for three to seven days. The church will pick up two thirds of the cost for transportation, lodging, Disney park tickets and meals. The teams will be chaperoned by Enon Eagles coaches and parents.

“We have about 138 people going down there,” Thomas said. “We’re going down by chartered bus. We’re really excited about the three football teams and the cheerleading team. This also gives us a chance to spread the love of (Jesus) Christ as well.”

There are 64 teams from eight Pop Warner regions. This includes two divisions made up of 32 teams. Enon Eagles competed against teams from New York down to Maryland. The football teams will play on Saturday and Tuesday, Dec. 4. If they win, the Eagles will play for the national championship on Saturday, Dec. 9.


Contact staff writer Donald Hunt at (215) 893-5719 or dhunt@phillytrib.com.

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