ORLANDO, FLA. – The Brick City Lions are one step closer to bringing a championship home to Newark.
The Pop Warner football club's Pee Wee team, made up of boys between 9 and 11, defeated the East Vancouver (Wash.) Venom 39-0 on Saturday. The win earns them a spot in the annual Pop Warner Super Bowl's second round on Tuesday, when they will take on a team from Mt. Hope, R.I.
Should they emerge victorious, the team would advance to a championship game on Friday.
The Brick City Lions also sent their Midget division team of players between 10 and 12 to the annual tournament at Walt Disney World. That team fell to a St. Petersburg, Fla.- squad on Saturday, and will play a consolation game on Tuesday.
The trip to Florida nearly never came for the Lions, who were able to raise more than $30,000 to cover airfare, hotels and other expenses last week.