This weekend, El Paso played host to the West Texas All Star Football Classic, featuring teams from several different age groups, competing for bragging rights as to which city has the top Youth Football players.
In addition to the host El Paso Team, teams from both Midland and Odessa were in the Sun City. The All Star setting was at the Mountain View High school Main field, with concurrent games played at the practice field and the adjacent Middle school field. Each Team needed to win a minimum of 2 games to make it to the Championship game on Sunday.
Day one started with a TYFA-style certification of age to ensure all players were correctly playing on the age appropriate team. The certifications were held at the Best Western hotel on Airway and I-10. A sea of players and road-weary coaches took over the Best Western Hotel; with happy kids lined up against walls and stressed parents waiting throughout the lobby and certification lines.
After certification, the games started on Saturday morning and were played all day long.
Organizers were able to have Kennie Long from the Netflix series Friday Night Tykes broadcast each of the Championship games.
On Championship Sunday, some of the El Paso teams that had dominated the play-in games, had a difficult time completing the task and winning the Championship; however it was El Paso’s 10U team won the Championship Game against Midland. They were able to take home a Super Bowl-like Gold Trophy and each player received a ring.
El Paso’s 11U Offensive and Deffensive Lineman Noah Medina summed up the tournament this way: “It is a great way to experience different coaching styles and teams from other cities. The Teams from Midland and Odessa were good but now we know we can compete with them. I hope to see these guys again in High School.”
Outcomes of the other games are available on Facebook, at the West Texas All Star Classic’s page.
Author: F. Chris Medina – Special to the Herald-Post | Photos by Isaac Anaya