All teams who made the playoffs this year will be honored Monday night at 7 p.m., when VYI Football holds its annual Awards Assembly at the James Madison High School Auditorium.
VYI Football will also hand out its Randy Morgan Award, Tommy Cooke MVP Award, VYI nominees for FCYFL POY and VYI High School Players of the Year.
The Vienna Steelers (115 American) team participated in a National Championship tournament last month in Daytona, Fla., where they defeated Tamiami 26-20. "It was a spectacular game where we were down 20-12 with six minutes left," said Coach Todd Casey. The final score was 26 to 20. Tamiami is the #3 ranked 13u team in Florida.
Two other Vienna teams also participated in the tournament: 130 American Vienna Steelers and the 155 American Vienna Raiders (the numbers refer to the players' weight class).
"This season Vienna had 22 teams with 380 players participating," said Casey. "Twenty of 22 made the playoffs. Eight county champions."
Vienna Youth Football is part of Vienna Youth Incorporated. The group has been in existence since 1968 and was founded by parents looking for an outlet for their children in the greater Vienna community.
The football season begins in early August and continues through November, with children ages 7-16 participating. The cost is $195 which includes equipment and scholarships are available.
In the preseason, the 115 Vienna Steelers team traveled to New Jersey to play the GT Stallions and defeated them 6-0. It was the first game the GT Stallions had ever lost. According to N-P-F-A.com they are the #1 13u team in New Jersey and #1 nationally.
The team is undefeated outside of the state of Virginia, beating teams from Illinois, Ohio, Maryland, New Jersey and Florida.
Members of the Vienna Steelers (115 American), made up of 7th and 8th graders, are:
- William Brunjes
- Paul Campo
- Patrick Casey
- Brian Collins
- John Cothran
- Casey Counts
- Nicholas DeChristopher
- Danny Engels
- Ben Finlay
- Brett Hanton
- Adam Holbrook
- Bennet Jackins
- Dylan Jacobs
- Christopher Margiotta
- Jacob Mink
- Landan Thomas
- Final tally for the last four years: 60-2 (both losses by extra points)
- 3 County Championships
- 3 National Championships
- 1 Metropolitan Super Bowl Title
Registration for next year's season opens online at www.vyifootball.org on May 1. "We love to have new players come out," Coach Casey said. "We have a camp we run the last week of July that has over 150 kids participating."