Bulldogs youth football B-Team wins second title in two years

By Lauri Voter - Stafford
Stafford - posted Wed., Nov. 28, 2012
The Stafford Bulldogs Youth Football League B-Team won the 2012 North Central Youth Football League's championship on Nov. 18, defeating RHAM in a game played at Tolland High School. Contributed photos. - Contributed Photo

Of the 12 towns in the North Central Youth Football League, Stafford Springs is the smallest, but that didn't stop the B-Team Bulldogs from pulling off their second championship title in two years.

Overall, the Stafford Bulldogs Youth Football League had a successful season. League President Nate Stebbins said the A-Team finished 6-3 after losing in the semi-finals to Ellington; and the C-Team completed its season at 8-2 after losing in the quarter-finals to Tolland. The B-Team carried off a championship win with an 8-3 season by besting RHAM in the season's final game held on Nov. 18 at Tolland High School.

The SBYFL has been around for at least 25 years. The league was started in the 1980s and its four teams are divided into A-Team for 12- and 13-year-olds; B-Team for 10- and 11-year-olds; and C-Team for 8- and 9-year-olds. SBYFL's D-Team is instructional only, said Stebbins, and is designed to introduce youngsters ages 6 and 7 to the sport.

Both boys and girls are eligible to play on the SBYFL, which currently has team members from Stafford, Somers, Union, Willington and Monson, Mass. Stebbins said the league receives a small percentage of its funding from the town of Stafford, but the majority of its support comes from fundraisers, registration and sponsorships.

Stebbins said the winning B-Team is made up off a cohesive group of players. “This is a team that's been together for six years, most of them,” he said, adding that they are “well-behaved, tough little boys. This group is really special.” The league's leadership hopes to see these players stick together and eventually play high school football together.

“I personally would like to thank all my kids and the parents for giving and having a great year,” said Stebbins, who also said that this year's win was good for the parents. “With the economy and life being the way it is, these little things are good for our kids,” he said. “It's rallied the town.”

SBYFL accepts new players. For more information about the league, visit www.staffordsports.org or www.bulldogsyouthfootball.com.

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