Eagles flying high on gridiron

The Highlands Youth Football & Cheer Organization (HYFC) are headed to play in Round One of the Sunshine PAL Playoffs for the third year in the Police Athletic League (PAL) association today. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, several of our teams have been wearing pink tape on their cleats, shoelaces, arm bands, mouthpieces, chin straps and bracelets and our cheerleaders cheering with pink pom-poms and wearing pink ribbons in their hair on game days for the month of October. Some of our Youth Football staff have family members that are battling breast cancer or are a survivor and is it a great tribute and support to see our players and cheerleaders proudly supporting this cause. Wrapping up the last game of the season on Oct. 19 at Joe Franza Stadium against the Plant City Eagles sealed up the final spots for the playoffs.
Coach Steve Remes flag team didn't have a game and was awarded a win by forfeit bringing their final record to 4-6. Coach Bronson Smith's Mighty Mite team faced the undefeated Plant City Eagles which was a tough game and loss for this young team and wrapping up the season with a record of 1-9. Coach Tim Hooks Pee Wee team was awarded a win by forfeit bringing his final record to 2-8. Coach Cliff Howell's Junior Varsity team played a fantastic game against the Plant City Eagles with the final play of the game an interception in the end zone by Kevin Rivera who pitched the ball to Norris "Fish" Taylor, Jr. who ran the ball back for a 105-yard touchdown to end the game with a final score of 41-7 and bringing its final record to 6-4. Coach Nick Bailey's Varsity team was awarded a win by forfeit bringing his final record to 6-4. The Highlands Eagles Football teams wrap up the regular season with three out of five teams proudly representing Highlands Youth Football in the playoffs in the Sunshine Police Athletic League (PAL) association. The top six teams in each division of PAL were seeded in a playoff spot with the number one and two teams getting a bye on the first round of the playoffs with seeds two thru six competing to move on to the second round. Coach Remes' Flag team currently seeded sixth will be facing the third seeded Lakeland Destroyers team in Plant City hosted by the Plant City Eagles located at 5009 Nesmith Road, Plant City. Game will begin at 9 a.m. and admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children. Coach Howell's Junior Varsity team currently seeded fourth will be facing the fifth seeded Haines City Rattlers in Haines City hosted by the Rattlers at Cook Field, 708 Avenue C, Haines City. Game will begin at 1 p.m. Coach Bailey's Varsity team currently seeded fifth will be facing the fourth seeded Haines City Rattlers in Haines City with the JV Team at Cook Field. These teams have faced some very strong teams along the way this season but to no avail, teams remained focused and determined throughout the season which is why they have made it to the playoffs. Coaches Remes, Howell and Bailey have put countless hours into forming their teams and developing their players throughout this entire season. These coaches are dedicated and committed to this league and believe in the mission and goals of HYFC which is providing a rewarding youth sports program to make a difference in the lives of these boys and girls through mentoring and guidance in order to develop sportsmanship, physical fitness and build their self esteem as well as provide them an opportunity to be part of a team. HYFC is very proud of these coaches along with their accomplishments and are honored to have them as part of our program. Come on out to support the PAL association and enjoy a day of good competitive youth football games this weekend.