Turlock is officially home to one of the best flag football teams in the entire nation, as a local team competing two age groups higher dominated their competition at the Gridiron Tournament of Champions in Frisco, Texas.
The Turlock Sports Park 15U flag football team, the Coyotes, competed in the 17U Battle 5 bracket in the prestigious tournament, hosted at the Ford Center, the Dallas Cowboys practice facility. The squad went undefeated in two games and earned a spot in USA Football’s The One national tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina later this year, where plenty of Olympic scouts for the national men’s team are expected to be on hand.
In their first game on Sunday morning, the Coyotes took the down the #1 ranked team Can’t Lose of Texas by a score of 22-0. They were led by Joseph Delte who had two interceptions, including a pick-six.
In the championship game later that day against the Unicorns, another team from Texas, they cruised to a 16-6 win, led by the quarterbacking of Scout Silva.
Team manager Anthony Malik expressed his gratitude for local sponsors for helping the team make the trip.
“We would like to thank P&F Metals and Stanislaus County Deputy Sheriffs Association for their donations that contributed to giving these boys a big stage to play on and impacting their lives and building confidence though sports,” Malik said.
The One Flag Championship in Charlotte, which is a 5v5 tournament, will take place from July 7 to July 9.