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Burbank youth tackle football looks to make history

Burbank Vikings Senior Green and Midget Green teams looking to make history in PYFL Super Bowl games.

November 16, 2012
  • Guy Gibbs of the Burbank Vikings Senior Green prepares for the Youth Super Bowl on Saturday.
Guy Gibbs of the Burbank Vikings Senior Green prepares… (Raul Roa/Staff…)

Football coaches Corey Enman and Dan Moore have spent hours breaking down film on opponents this season. In addition, the coaches extensively scout every opponent in detail, spend an exhausting amount of time preparing their players for games and have developed elaborate offensive and defensive schemes.

“We have probably watched over 100 hours of film so far this season,” Enman said. “We just try and do what we can to have the kids as prepared for games as possible.”

Enman and Moore don’t coach at the college level, or even among the high school ranks. Instead, they head a gutsy group of 11-year-olds who play in the Burbank Vikings Youth Tackle Football program. They are part of the Midget Green team and they’re hope to make history.

Actually, two Vikings teams have a chance of doing something no other group in the history of the organization has been able to accomplish. The Midget Green team will be joined by a Senior Green squad in Pacific Youth Football League Super Bowl games Saturday at Thousand Oaks High.

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Burbank Green (11-0) will take on Ventura Black in the Midget championship at 2 p.m. and the other Burbank Green (10-1) team will face North Oxnard Black in the Senior title game at 7 p.m.

“It’s awesome to have two teams from the same organization playing in Super Bowl games in the same year,” Enman said. “It’s great for the community and it’s a great way to attract kids to come out for the program. Over the years we’ve lost a lot of local kids to the programs in Santa Clarita. We really want to keep these kids here.”

In the 20-year history of the PYFL Super Bowl competition, only three Burbank Vikings teams have advanced to championship games. No Burbank squad has ever captured a championship.

The last Burbank team to qualify for a Super Bowl was Burbank Black, which fell to Ventura Black, 30-6, in the Senior Super Bowl in 2007 at College of the Canyons. Burbank Senior teams also fell short of the title in 2002 and 2003.

The Midget Green earned a spot in the Super Bowl with a semifinal win Nov. 10 against Lancaster, 33-14.

Burbank Midget Green boasts a run-heavy offense, spearheaded by running backs Dante Coxsom, Loyal Terry and Sebastian “Sunshine” Leal. The squad also has strong defensive players in lineman Manny Pimentel and linebacker Jake Moore.

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