A youth football team that became the first in the city to make it to the Pop Warner Super Bowl is in the championship game.
The Palm Beach Gardens Gators Pee Wee Orange team defeated the Union Road Jaguars, of Gastonia, N.C., Tuesday to advance to the big match-up. The score was 47-20.
Their next and final game, the championship, is 11 a.m. Friday against Point Loma Pointers from Point Loma, Calif.
Earlier in the Super Bowl, the Gators trounced the Redwood City 49ers from California in a 27-0 win at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in the Walt Disney World Resort on Saturday afternoon.
“They’ve been here before. We haven’t. We came in as sort of an unknown,” Gators Head Coach Brandon Aronson previously said of the 49ers.
ESPN3 broadcasts the games via a live stream.
The team of 21 boys, ages 10 to 12, went to Disney’s Magic Kingdom Sunday, where they had fun riding Space Mountain, Aronson said. On Monday, they practiced and had study hall.
Only the top eight Pop Warner teams in each division and age level get to go to Orlando for the Super Bowl.
The team continues to raise money via gofundme to pay for their trip. It’s costing about $30,000, and they’ve collected about $21,000 so far.
Read more about the players’ thoughts and the road to the Super Bowl here.