THOUSAND OAKS - In his 13 years in the Pacific Youth Football League, coach Don Ashley had never had one of his midget division squads finish undefeated and win the league’s Super Bowl. But this year, Ashley and his Burbank Green Vikings team were on the cusp of doing just that as they matched up against the North Oxnard Red Warriors at Thousand Oaks High School in the championship game.
The Vikings did not let the opportunity pass them by Saturday afternoon, seizing the day with a 54-6 blowout victory over the Warriors to finish with a perfect record and the elusive Super Bowl win.
“It’s the first time I’ve had 23 kids with the same vision,” Ashley said. “Twenty-three groups of parents all with the same dream. It’s awesome. The boys played well. They played well and worked hard.”
Burbank Green (12-0), the No.1 seed out of the East bracket, jumped out early against North Oxnard (9-3), the No. 3 seed out of the West bracket, dominating the first quarter. On the second snap of the contest, JimE DeYoung ran around the left side for a 45-yard gain. On the next play, Anthony Spearman carried the ball in from 11 yards out for the game’s first touchdown just 50 seconds in.