UPDATE: The El Paso Bandits are National Champions after defeating the Baltimore Warriors 12-6 at the American Youth Football National Championships in Kissimmee, Florida, Thursday morning.
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While most area football teams have hung up the cleats and put away the pads, the El Paso Bandits are in a National Championship Game Thursday.
The AYF National tournament is to youth football what the Little League World Series is to youth baseball.
The road to the championship has been a long one for the Bandits, as Regional Champions travel from throughout the country to compete for the title of national champion.
The Bandits earned their spot in the Championship game by being crowned champions of the Badlands Conference (El Paso Area) and defeating teams from Albuquerque, Dallas, Southern California and Rhode Island.
To support the Bandits, fans can watch the game live streamed, to purchase and view the stream, click here.
The American Youth Football National Tournament included Over 130 football teams representing 8 regions throughout the United States.
Author: Melissa Leach – Special to the Herald Post | Photos courtesy Enrique Rodriguez