The Reading Pop Warner A Team made history in style on Thursday, as it won the Unlimited Division national championship in Orlando, pummeling the Shaker Fire Raiders of Ohio, 39-13.
After being halted on its first drive of the game, Reading scored on every remaining offensive possession, until the Rockets kneeled on the ball late in the fourth, clinching the town’s first ever Pop Warner football national title and a 15-0 record.
Andrew Bruckner, Jack Geiger, and Matt Panacopoulous were three of many key offensive contributors, while coach Dave Erwin said his defense “played a phenomenal game. I think they only held the other team to one first down in the first half, and that was on a penalty.”
He added, “The coaches are very proud of the effort this year. The kids were great teammates for each other, and it was a great season all-around.”