Youth Thrive in Game Day of Champions/All-Star Game Presentations

Youth Thrive in Game Day of Champions/All-Star Game Presentations

TAMPA, Fla. – On Saturday, December 15th, The Tampa Bay Sports Commission in conjunction with Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners successfully hosted the eighth annual Game Day of Champions Football event in addition to the annual East vs. West Hillsborough County High School Football All-Star Game.

“What an incredible day for Hillsborough’s football stars of tomorrow,” said Tampa Bay Sports Commission Executive Director Rob Higgins. “Thank you to each of our partners who helped create the memories that will last a lifetime for our local kids.”

The first half of the day belonged to Hillsborough County’s youth football leagues as eight teams from five organizations wowed fans with their playing prowess. With the U-8 bracket leading activities off, the Westchase Colts defeated the Wesley Chapel Cowboys, 21-7. Running back Xavier Townsend highlighted the morning affair with a second quarter, 60-yard touchdown run.

Shortly after, the University Area Bulls upended the Copeland Park Saints, 19-6. Strong defense, in addition to a 70-yard touchdown run by Jephte’ Germain Rogers, led the charge in the Bulls’ win. A seesaw battle ensued for the day’s third game when the Turkey Creek Trojans slid past the Nuccio Jaguars, 24-21. The go-ahead score was registered with three minutes on the clock when Cameron Cotnier broke the goal line to secure the come-from-behind win. Qion Branch was sensational in the day’s final contest, the U-14 bracket, as the Manatee Mustangs’ running back rushed for three touchdowns, including a 93-yard scamper in the fourth quarter, to solidify a 19-0 win over the Dover Patriots.

The night concluded when the best high school athletes from around the county demonstrated their skills in an evenly matched competition at the East vs. West All-Star Game. Setting an All-Star game attendance record of 1,878, the West pulled away for a 33-20 victory. Blake linebacker John Franklin (West) and Plant City defensive lineman Quentin Robinson (East) were named defensive most valuable players for the game, while Plant’s Aaron Banks (West) and Newsome’s Will Worth (East) collected offensive MVP honors.

The Tampa Bay Sports Commission would like to thank the following partners for their assistance with the day’s events.

• Tampa Bay Youth Football League
• Florida Youth Football & Cheerleading Association
• Mid-Florida Football & Cheerleading Conference
• Unity Youth Football & Cheerleading
• Foundation for Youth Development Tampa Bay Pop Warner
• Under Armour
• Powerade
• Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation, and Conservation

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