BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
KAYSVILLE — A local football team from Kaysville didn’t want its season to end, so it took to the road and headed for Las Vegas to take part in a national tournament in mid-January.
The end result saw the only team from Utah take home a junior national championship trophy. They fought through a tough, competitive environment in order to win the youth football National Championship trophy.
“I stressed to our team that if we did not become the 12th man and play as a team, we would not be able to achieve our goals,” said Spencer Plummer, coach of the Utah All-Stars football team. “There are always teams with better talent, from pee-wee to the NFL, that lose, but those that play together as a unit will not only have more fun, but will celebrate together after every battle if they have done their best.”
The Utah All-Stars, comprised of 29 kids from Davis County and two others, started as a Kaysville team that went undefeated at 7-0 during the Wasatch Front Football League (WFFL) during the regular season.
The team fell short of winning a championship, however, Plummer and the rest of the coaching staff decided to take the team to a tournament in Mesquite, Nev. in November.
They won that tournament, earning them an automatic invite to the National Championships against other top youth teams in the country.
Practices ran from December to January С Plummer wanted to make sure his team was prepared for just about anything.
“The director of the tournament told us we’d be going up against teams that hadn’t lost,” said Plummer. “The size, speed and talent of those teams were astonishing, but the team’s commitment, character and discipline paid off by the time we made it to the tournament.”
The tournament itself, said Plummer, was grueling. Normally, a football team will play one game per week, and two if it’s an absolute necessity.
But the tournament in Las Vegas proved to be the toughest of all. The Utah All-Stars ended up playing three games in three days.
“They were prepared to play those three games,” said Plummer. “We found an All Poly camp known for having the top full-contact football camp in the nation and began working as hard as we could to be prepared for the tournament. We benefitted from the expertise and focus on core strength, lateral and straight line speed, changing direction and footwork.”
In the end, the Utah All-Stars went from an undefeated regular season to a youth football national champion С all in the span of three months.
“Football is a game of passion, work, speed and strength,” said Plummer. “All of those things were seen on our team and it was a great tournament to win.”