- Brian Coger
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Let's Go!!! The 2023 Southwest Showdown Spring Showdown is in the books and we have some back-to-back championships claimed by our program.
First up is our 9u team which claimed their first SWSD ring as a team and second consecutive Spring Showdown championship after last year's team won the 2022 title. After a couple tough losses and finishing 1-2 on Day 1 of the tournament the team battled through the bracket as the #4 seed on Sunday taking down the #1 seed in the semi-finals with a 4-point victory. The 9u team would face a very talented and well coached Desert Demons team in the championship game and would win by a final score pf 14-7.
After watching last year's 9u team win the championship and watching this year's 9u team claim their championship, our 11u team followed up their 2022 10u Spring Showdown title by going out and winning the 2023 11u Spring Showdown championship. This team had a battle of their own though after going 3-0 on Day 1 and securing the #1 seed for bracket play when they faced the West Valley Steelers in the semi-finals. With the game tied up at the end of regulation the two teams would battle through the first two overtimes with no winner decided and brining on the Longest Play 3rd overtime. We would go first on offense and had one play to gain as many yards as we could and our young gun-slinger would dial up the launch code for a touchdown, but the game wasn't over. We still had to prevent the Steelers from scoring themselves in one play and the defense would do their job to secure an 8-7 win and a spot in the championship game. We would face a talented Unit squad that had previously beat us the weekend before in league play-offs. We were clicking offensively and the defense played strong to bring home the rings with a 28-6 victory.