4 area teams heading to LA for Snoop Youth Football League Nationals
Fred Jeter | 11/21/2018, 6 a.m.
Four area youth football teams are heading to Los Angeles for the Snoop Youth Football League Nationals Dec. 14 through 16.
The Snoop League was founded by rapper and entertainer Snoop Dogg in 2005 in Southern California. The league now has about 20 teams throughout California.
The area teams heading to the Snoop Nationals won championship games last Saturday in Richmond.
They are Excel to Excellence championship teams U8 RVA Skins, U10 Virginia Vipers, U12 King William and Richmond Parks and Recreation championship junior U14 team Battery Park.
The city’s U14 team runs in partnership with E2E.
There are no Snoop League nationals for winners of the U6 and U11 age groups.
The E2E championships, held last Saturday at Huguenot High School, featured teams comprised of youngsters from Richmond and several surrounding counties.
Excel to Excellence was founded by former NFL fullback Michael Robinson, who was a standout at Varina High School in Henrico County and later at Penn State before being drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 2006.
Robinson later played for the Seattle Seahawks from 2010 to 2013, helping the Seahawks to a Super Bowl XLVIII victory over the Denver Broncos in February 2014.
In 2011, he was named to the NFL Pro Bowl team.
Five Richmond Parks and Recreation youth teams, including the junior U14 team Battery Park, also played championship games last Saturday at City Stadium.
This year’s championship games and winners:
Richmond Recreation & Parks
• Flag (U6): Battery Park defeated Fonticello
• Junior Peewee (U8): Powhatan defeated Bellemeade
• Peewee (U10): G.H. Reid defeated Hotchkiss
• Midget (U12): Battery Park defeated Southside
• Junior (U14): Battery Park defeated Powhatan, 26-0
Excel to Excellence
• U8: RVA Skins defeated Virginia Vipers, 13-7
• U10: Virginia Vipers defeated RVA Skins, 24-7
• U11: Capital City defeated RVA Skins, 32-0
• U-12: King William defeated Capital City, 45-0