Plenty of things are made even better by being in pairs.
With two Sealy teams in the Colorado River Youth Football Coalition Super Bowl, trophies would be one of those things better in pairs.
That’s just what the Tigers accomplished, avenging losses in the championship game of last year’s campaign.
The freshman division of first and second graders was the only one without a Sealy representative after the Tigers were knocked out in the first round. Instead, the two Columbus teams battled it out with the #1 squad taking care of business, 8-7.
In the junior varsity division, Sealy third and fourth graders clashed with the La Grange team that needed three overtime periods to take care of before a fumble was recovered in the end zone to help the Tigers prevail, 42-35, in week three of the regular season.
This rematch had much less scoring and instead came down to a field goal off the foot of Damien Saucedo to win the game. DJ Hamilton and Amarion Kirby crossed the goal line for Sealy, but La Grange similarly scored a pair to keep the game within reach.
With Saucedo’s field goal, the Tigers were crowned Super Bowl champions with the 15-12 win, finishing off an undefeated season.
All season, Sealy was powered by Travis Willingham, Joel Gomez, Christian Ponce, Dylan Hamilton, Pierce Burttschell, Damien Gagne, Alex Gilbert, Dredynn White and Deagan Hrachovy, among others.
The stage was then set for the varsity squad which was appearing in its fifth consecutive title game and would not be denied.
After winning the Katy All American Football League in 2015 and 2016, the Sealy Raiders/Cru/Tigers followed that by taking the Colorado River Youth Football Coalition their first year in the league and made it back to the championship last year but fell to Columbus #2.
This time around, Sealy met with Wharton and left little doubt with a 40-8 victory earning a fourth title for this group of sixth and seventh graders.
Kane Killough led the offense with a trio of passing touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown, Ivan Cadena scored one on the ground and through the air, Isaiah Dukes-Self hit pay dirt twice on the ground, Elijah Sanders caught a touchdown and converted a point-after try and Javien Grant similarly caught a pass and scored a conversion.
The offensive line of Trevor Hrachovy, Cooper Osborne, Landon Freeman, Julian Gomez and Brady Burttschell provided the time and space for the offense to move and the defense paid them back by shutting out Wharton for three of the four quarters.
Some of the defensive stalwarts were Jadon Hernandez and Osborne who both recorded 10 tackles, Erik Sanchez contributed several tackles and added a sack, Sanders pulled down a pair of interceptions and Dukes-Self also came up with multiple stops to finish off a third consecutive trip to the championship in this league with a pair of Super Bowl trophies.