Every year the North Shore Flag Football League has teams that qualify for the nationals, and this year is no exception. Two NSFFL squads will play in Orlando, Florida at the Disney complex the weekend of the NFL Pro Bowl on January 26.
Both the girls and boys 14U have earned the right to represent the league once again. The girls won the New England Patriots NFL Flag regional qualifier for the sixth straight year while the boys went to the New York Jets regional in New Jersey the weekend of November 16-17 and won.
"At nationals we've gone to the semi-finals the last three years, and hope to make it all the way this time," said league founder Austin Bradshaw, who coaches the girls along with his son Conway.
Raizel Obrero of Salem, Niya Morgen from Swampscott, Caitlyn McCarthy from Peabody, Taylor Bomba, Eva Joyce, Jena Javier, Brooklyn Calder, and Alyvia Pena make up the girls' squad.
Eli Batista and Colin Ridley from Peabody, Cody Selvais and Connor Cronin from Marblehead, Jaythean Im, Ryan Torres, and Chris Colby are coached by Jonathan Rivera and Danny Batista, who are both from Peabody.
It has been another fun fall for the league, and after the season ended the league held a Tournament of Champions with the winner from each division and runner-up competing.
"It was so cool to have all our league's best teams playing against each other," said Bradshaw, who started the league 15 years ago and has seen it grow steadily since then.
In the 8U A division Malden beat Beverly, 28-13 while Lynn bested Woburn, 19-13 in 8U B. The 10-year old A winner was Woburn, 25-6 against Marblehead while the 10U B champ was Peabody, 19-18 over Malden. Triton took 12U A division in a squeaker, 13-12 vs. Lynn while Woburn walked away with a 38-8 victory against North Reading in 12U B.
The 15U winners were Malden, 40-21 in the A class battle with Peabody, and Triton, 21-19 over Woburn in the B game.