On a beautiful Sunday Fall Afternoon at Barbour Ponds Field in Wayne, NJ, the Boys & Girls Club of Garfield Junior Boilermakers found Super Bowl success in just the second season of the Bergen Passaic Youth Football League (BPYFL). The Junior Boilermaker Intermediate Team ... led by Coach Michael Messina, quarterback Brian Vargas, and the hard hitting intensity of running back and middle linebacker Christian Batista beat the Wyckoff team 28 to 6 for the Super Bowl Championship. The Jr. Boilermaker team jumped on Wyckoff early and never looked back, ending the season with an undefeated 10-0 record and the BPYFL Super Bowl Championship!!!
"It is all about the kids", said Coach Messina, a former Boys & Girls Club of Garfield member and the former Quarterback of Garfield High School in a jubilant post-game celebration ... which included a Parcells Like Gatorade Bath in the waning moments of the game!!! Messina, went on to thank his wonderful staff of coaches, many of whom he played with, coached or coached him... "They are a loyal and committed group, who give the kids everything they've got ... I cannot be more thankful for their efforts".
The Jr. Boilermakers were honored by the attendance of Miles Austin Jr., father of the Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl Wide Receiver Miles Austin, an alumni of the Boys & Girls Club of Garfield and a member of the 1994 Junior Boilermaker Championship Team,
Later that same day, Coach John Szuchs, Sr. Team, played in their second consecutive BPYFL Super Bowl and lost a hard fought game to Dumont 20 to 14.
It was the culmination of a wonderful season, scripted by the Jr. Boilermaker Program, as all three Junior Boilermaker teams made the playoffs. Again the season began back in June with kids from all three age brackets participating in the Justin Tuck Football Camp run by ProCamps. The Tuck Camp has each year for the last three years helped prepare the Junior Boilermakers for a very successful season.
“In three short years, our team of coaches, players, and support personnel have revitalized Youth Football in Garfield, and subsequently have earned a reputation as a town and a program where we are recognized as a model program in a model league. In short, it is a program that will continue to grow and prosper ... while setting athletic, educational, and social examples for its participants, fans, and league membership.” said Garfield Junior Boilermaker Director Jim Miller.
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The Boys & Girls Club of Garfield serves over 1500 multi-ethnic children per year. They seek to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential and have provided opportunity for youth since 1959. They are part of a national network of some 4,000 neighborhood-based facilities, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, which serves more than 4.6 million young people annually, in all 50 states and on U.S. military bases worldwide. Known as “The Positive Place for Kids,” the Clubs provide guidance-oriented character development programs on a daily basis for children 6-18 years old, conducted by a full-time professional staff. Key Boys & Girls Club programs emphasize leadership development, education and career exploration, financial literacy, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation, and family outreach. For more information on Club programs please call (973)-478-7662.