Eastlake Panthers wrap up AYF nationals with runner-up finish

An Eastlake Panther defender attempts to wrap up a Cerritos Viper running back in the recent 12U American Youth Football national championship game in Kissimmee, Fla.

The Eastlake Panthers 12U American Youth Football team has wrapped up its 2017 season following a national championship appearance in Kissimmee, Fla.

The Panthers started their postseason coast-to-coast odyssey by defeating the Los Toros Bulls, 28-0, in the San Diego Q-Bowl championships Nov. 11 at Balboa Stadium.

The Q-Bowl championship was the team’s fourth consecutive and marked the fourth year the team went undefeated in the regular season.

Trey Edwards scored three touchdowns in the Q-Bowl victory and was the co-MVP in the AYF National Championship game.

The team finished 12-1 on the season.

The Panthers played three games in Florida, defeating the Providence (R.I.) 49ers, 50-6, and the Landover (Md.) Seminoles, 32-6, before dropping a 22-8 championship game matchup to the Cerritos Vypers.

The Panthers led the Vipers 8-0 at halftime in the championship contest.

The Vypers finished the season ranked first in the nation.


American Youth Football Champions
National D1 Cadet: Watkins Hornets
National D1 Jr. Pee Wee: White Oak Warriors
National D1 Pee Wee: Marshall Heights Bison
National D1 Jr. Midget: Southeast Tarheels
National D2 Jr. Pee Wee: Charm City Bucs
National D2 Pee Wee: East Coast Seminoles
Conference All-Stars 10U: Metro AYF
Conferecnce All-Stars 1U: Flo SoCal
Conference All-Stars 14: San Diego
All-American 10U: Southside Ducks
All-American 11U: Wilmington Pilots
All-American 12U: Cerritos Vypers
All-American 13U: Patriots Youth Football
All-American 14U: Orange County Buckeyes
All-American D2 10U: Manchester East Cobras
All-American D2 11U: Marlboro Mustangs
All-American D2 12U: Garden Villa Giants
All-American D2 13U: Charm City Bucs
All-American D2 14U: Charm City Bucs