The Gwen Cherry Bulls won the Pop Warner National Super Bowl Championship in Orlando in a victory against the Virginia Beach Mustangs. The Bulls, competing in the Division I Junior Pee Wee category, won the championship game with a score of 26 – 0.
The game was held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando and televised on ESPN3. The Gwen Cherry Bulls competed in the National Championship games with funding, in part, from the Gwen Cherry Park Foundation and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami.
After a scoreless first quarter, Jaylin Bain scored the first touchdown for the Bulls in the second quarter.
With a big push from the offensive line, the next touchdown was scored by a quarterback sneak by Javon Ferguson from the one yard line. At the end of the first half, the score was 12 – 0.
Gwen Cherry Bulls’ Jacorey Brooks recovered a fumble by the Mustangs’ quarterback and Shemar Paul converted the turnover into points by scoring another touchdown in the third quarter.
Three minutes into the fourth quarter, Larrion Moss scored the Bulls’ final touchdown. Wendell Philord’s added a two-point conversion to give the Bulls a 26 point lead early in the fourth quarter.
Even though the Gwen Cherry Bulls’ Junior Pee Wee team was undefeated throughout the season and regional championships games, the Virginia Beach Mustangs — one of the best Pop Warner teams in the country — was favored to win. However, the Gwen Cherry Bulls’ defensive line held the Mustangs scoreless throughout the game.
In the last two minutes of the fourth quarter, Timothy Burns Jr.’s interception further dashed the Mustang’s hopes of scoring. The Bulls forced three turnovers.
Team head coach Javon Ferguson Sr. praised the team’s success but wasn’t surprised by the outcome.
“We were due for a shutout and our players gave us a 26 – 0 victory in the championship game,” Ferguson said. “This was the best game we ever played.”