The West Lynn Rams of the Division 2 Midget Division are bound for the national championship game of the 57th Pop Warner championship in Orlando, Fla., after eliminating the Greensboro (N.C.) Ravens, 8-6 in overtime, in a semifinal game on Tuesday.
On fourth-and-goal from the opponent’s 2-yard line, Cody Mullen bolted up the middle for the equalizing score, before Tony Garcia kicked the 2-point conversion.
This marks the fourth time in coach Maurice Cordy’s five-year tenure that the Rams have qualified for the tournament, but they have yet to walk away champions.
They will play in the championship game on Friday at 3:30 p.m. (ESPN3), facing off against the Palm Bay (Fla.) Rockets, who knocked West Lynn out of last year’s tournament.
“We still have one more thing to accomplish; We want to try to keep that in perspective," Cordy said. “But as far as what we’ve accomplished so far, this is something that no [Pop Warner] team from Lynn has ever done, and that’s huge.”
In the unlimited bracket, the Reading Rockets face the Shaker (Ohio) Fire Raiders Thursday at 3 p.m. for the national title.