San Pablo Cowboys Cadets win first game at nationals in Florida

San Pablo Cowboys Cadets win first game at nationals in Florida

The San Pablo Cowboys Cadet’s dream season continued Monday when the team won its first game in the American Youth Football National Championships in Florida.

The No. 5-seeded Cowboys team (ages 8-10) dominated the Parkside Warriors of Maryland 27-0 in the first game of their respective division, the team reported.

The Cowboys have earned the right to play in their division’s semi-finals against the No. 1 seeded team, the Dulles Patriots of Virginia, on Wednesday at 10 a.m. eastern time. A win against the Patriots will send the Cowboys to the national championship on Friday at 6 p.m.

“We came out with one thing on our minds,” the Cowboys coaches told us. “A National Championship from whistle to whistle. We played hard.”

The Cowboys have a lot of people to thank for their trip. The team raised more than $10,000 from individual donors for their Florida adventure, and the City of San Pablo contributed another $6,000 to a team that offers young people an active lifestyle and positive environment.

“The San Pablo Cowboys are an important local youth organization based in San Pablo that provides valuable life-skills to many local youth, and encourages student athletes to focus on life-building values that will help them succeed in life,”  San Pablo Councilmember Kathy Chao Rothberg said in a statement.

The Cowboys team earned the right to travel across the nation after finishing with a 10-2 record this season and topping the previously undefeated San Francisco 49ers 13-6 in its regional title game at Oak Grove High School in San Jose.

A majority of the players are on the honor roll at school, their coaches say.