The 2013 Southwestern Illinois Youth Football League wrapped up their season over the weekend with local league champs being crowned in all four divisions.
The Waterloo Sports Association Bulldogs freshman-1 team won their championship game at Red Bud’s Lincoln Park, besting the Red Bud Muskets freshman-1 team by the score of 14-12. The loss was the first for Red Bud as both teams ended the season with a 9-1 record.
The sophomore division was also won by the Bulldogs, as they topped Nashville by a 16-12 score at the WSA field in Waterloo. The win topped off an undefeated season for Waterloo sophomores.
The junior varsity championship game held at Columbia’s Bolm-Schuhkraft Park pitted the Bulldogs JV-1 team against the Columbia Blue Jays JV-2 team, both of which were unbeaten during the regular season. The Blue Jays opened up a 22-0 halftime lead and never looked back, winning the game 43-13.
The varsity championship games were played on Sunday in Red Bud and they didn’t disappoint, as both the championship and third place games were close from start to finish.The Dupo Quarterback Club Tigers freshman team’s quarter- back evades advancing Columbia Blue Jays defenders. (photo courtesy Bridgette Boland)
The Bulldogs varsity-1 spotted the Freeburg Junior Midgets varsity-1 a 14-0 lead early but came back in the fourth quarter to take the game 28-26 to claim third place for the season.
The varsity championship game pitted Red Bud’s varsity-1 team playing Columbia’s varsity-1 team. The Blue Jays jumped out to an early 14-0 lead but the Muskets came back and made a game of it before falling to Columbia 20-18. The loss was Red Bud’s first on the season.
In the consolation brackets:
Freshmen — Dupo Quarterback Club Tigers (6-4) defeated Columbia Blue Jays (3-7) 31-6.
Sophomores — Chester Stingers (7-3) defeated Freeburg Junior Midgets (4-6) 20-14.
Junior varsity — Nashville Little Hornets (7-3) defeated Columbia Blue Jays (6-4) 41-13.
Varsity — Waterloo Bulldogs (7-3) defeated Freeburg Junior Midgets (4-6) 28-26.
With additional reporting by Andrea Degenhart.