220 players plus 21 teams plus 4 divisions plus 23 mini games equals four champions and a night of competition and fun for everyone at the season ending K6 Football Friday Night Lights Flag football playoff tournament. As the sun was setting to the west, the April 24th evening began with the Developmental Division(1st/2nd grade) and JV Division(3rd grade) games taking place across the stadium field. All the spring teams adopted college names in the beginning of the season. With four games going on at once, there was action everywhere one looked. Eight of the eleven quarter final and semifinal games were decided by less than a touchdown and two games were decided on the last play of the game. As the lights turned on, the first set of championship games took place. Lead by quarterback Spencer Clayton and Wide Receiver Anderson Darstek, Notre Dame defeated Ohio St in the Developmental Division title game by a score of 12-6. The Notre Dame JV team also won the championship 18-12 over Florida behind the strong play of running back Alec Garcia. Following a stellar routine by the K6 Cheerleaders, the second half of the evening commenced with the Varsity Division 2 (4th /5th grade) and Varsity Division 1 (5th /6th grade) tournaments. In the Division 2 championship game, Michigan, led by quarterback Noah French and running back Thomas Smith defeated Florida 19-14 in an exciting game that saw five lead changes. The Varsity Division 1 championship game was a defensive battle that was locked in a 0-0 tie for the entire game. With only 10 seconds left in the game, Oregon Quarterback Jared Morgenstern completed a “Hail Mary” pass to tight end Jake Delaney in the end zone as time expired to defeat Michigan. This provided a perfect ending to an outstanding night of youth football.
The K6 youth sports concept was started by Sports CLUB in 2008. The model is unlike any other because most of the coaches and officials are employees of Sports CLUB, eliminating parent bias often found in other youth sports programs. Each team is made of players from the same school/ geographic area making it unlike any other program in Collier County. The K6 motto is “Skill, Drill, Compete” and all coaches follow a progressive curriculum of skills, drills and concepts that must be taught to all children. There are also modified progressive rules to encourage maximum participation, players learning all positions and maximum skill development in a professionally operated competitive environment. The result is a balance of physical, metal, social, development that is unmatched in any recreational youth sports program.
In addition to fall and spring flag football, other K6 Sports include basketball, cheerleading, volleyball and kinder-sport. The next K6 event will be the K6 Future stars Basketball Camp held from June 22-26 at Community School of Naples under the direction of Coach Bill Carufe K6 fall sports (flag football, cheerleading, volleyball and kinder-sport) will begin on August 24th. To learn more about Sports CLUB and K6 Sports, go to www.sportsclubnaples.org.