One of Dorchester’s youth football teams made it to the 61st Pop Warner Super Bowl in Orlando this week. The Eagles defeated Chicago’s Hoffman Estates Redhawks by the score of 20-14 at Disney’s ESPN sports complex on Sunday. Unfortunately, the Dorchester squad was defeated by North Raleigh of North Carolina in the Junior Varsity semifinals on Wednesday.
The Eagles advanced to the Pop Warner Super Bowl after winning both their league and the New England Regional Championships. Having reached the semifinals, the Eagles are among the four top teams in their division out of a field of 64 teams from around the country.
Dorchester’s defense was dominant throughout much of the quarterfinal game, holding their Chicago counterparts to only seven points before a late touchdown brought the Redhawks to within six. The first half was highlighted by a 61-yard fumble return by Dorchester’s Zion Simmons, which gave the Eagles an early 8-0 lead.
Simmons starred on both sides of the ball and was responsible for all three of the team’s scores, contributing two long rushing touchdowns in addition to the fumble return.