On Saturday, April 2, four teams from our program competed in the Southwest Showdown Spring Showdown tournament at Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix, AZ where two of our teams were able to bring home their division championships.
First up was our 9U team that went through Pool Play with an undefeated record and securing the #1 Seed for Bracket Play. In the opening round the 9U team faced a good all-girls team in the Lady Vipers. The first few drives of the game were a defensive battle and the first score of the game was a Pick-6 by the Lady Vipers. The HBHF 9U team was able to answer back quickly on the next drive to tie the game at 6-6. Following a defensive stop the 9U offensive was able to add and other score and two-point conversion to go up 14-6 at halftime. Our 9U team was able to hold the Lady Viper offense to no scores while the offense added two other touchdowns to win the game 26-6 and advance to the division championship. In the championship game the HBHF 9U defense was able to hold a talented Ravens team to zero points while getting a Pick-6 of their own while the HBHF offense put up 23 points for a 29-0 victory. This win marked the first SWSD tournament championship in the HBHF program's history.
Not to be outdone by their younger counterparts, the 10U team also won their division and brought home the program's second SWSD tournament championship. The HBHF 10U team concluded their pool play with a 2-1 record and missed out on the #1 seed by one point in the tie breaking procedures. That did not matter to the team as the were clicking at full strength for Bracket play where they faced Vikings Elite and went on to a 35-13 victory to advance to the championship game and face the only team they lost to in Pool Play, the Queen Creek Ball Hawks. The championship was an intense hard fought battle between two teams that played very well throughout the entire day and our HBHF 10U team was able to win 21-6.
This was a very special weekend for our program as six members of the original HBHF team were spread across the 9U and 10U teams and they were able to bring home their first SWSD Championship rings! We've always known that this was going to be a process and we have always told our players and parents to trust the process and for this moment to finally happen for these two teams was extra special to be a part of and witness.