Looks like there’s going to be more than just one super Patriots team again this season. Like last year, the Brookline-Jamaica Plain Pop Warner Pats are going to vie for your attention with the pros in Foxboro.
There are five Brookline-JP teams from different age groups expected to have strong seasons, but keep your eyes particularly on the ‘B’ squad in the Junior Midget circuit and the ‘C’ group in the Pee Wee division. Both teams won their respective Merrimack Valley Division titles last year, and are hoping to advance to the Eastern Mass. championship round this fall, where the winners get the nod to play for a national title in Disney World.
“We’re hoping for another run,” said Ian Cotterell, head coach of the Pee Wee team and one of the organizers for Brookline-JP football. “Practices are going real well.”
The teams started practice on August 1, preparing for their respective opening games on Sept. 11. The Brookline-JP squads will host their tilts at Downes Field.
The junior midget team, ages 12-13, will be led by veteran standout running back Jamari Venter and new quarterback Cameron Evans, who starred on the Pee Wee team last year. The squad will open at home against Sudbury.
Meanwhile, Robert Lester, who played on the ‘D’ squad Eastern Mass. title winner Junior Pee Wee team last season, figures to be a force at linebacker for the older Pee Wee group.
“He’s a good tackler,” Cotterell said.
The Brookline-JP ‘A’ Midget team, ages 14-15, was also all the hoopla last year, having won the Eastern Mass. title and, like the ‘D’ squad, just missing by a game to go onto the national scene.
The youngest contingent of Brookline-JP players competes in the Might Mites division.