WCFL Caps Off Spring Season With Championship Saturday

Clemson’s Trey Dobson (Pro division).

The 2022 spring flag football season in Wellington is in the books, and champions have been crowned in the six age-group divisions.

On Saturday, May 21, the Western Communities Football League’s flag football division capped off its season with six championship games. The games were held on the new multi-purpose fields on the campus of Wellington High School.

Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig participated in the pre-game coin toss for the first game, which kicked off at 9 a.m. Also present were Vice Mayor Michael Drahos, Councilman John McGovern, Councilman Michael Napoleone and Councilwoman Tanya Siskind.

In the Ultimate division — for 5-, 6- & 7-year-old boys and girls — Notre Dame, led by quarterback Ethan Esquivel, outscored Alabama, 26-8.

In the Prep bracket — for 8- & 9-year-old boys and girls — Michigan, led by quarterback Braylon Peterson, defeated North Carolina, 19-7.

In the Girls Varsity group — for 10-, 11- and 12-year-old girls — Florida State, led by quarterback Brooke Sullinger, won 18-7 over Miami.

In the Varsity division — for 10- & 11-year-old boys and girls — Alabama blanked Notre Dame, 28-0. In that game, Alabama’s top players were quarterback Matthew Coolman and wide receiver Joziah Ferrer.

In the Pro bracket — for 12- & 13-year-old boys and girls — Clemson, led by division MVP Trey Dobson, dominated Ohio State by the score of 28-12.

In the High School Prep group — for 14-, 15- & 16-year-old boys and girls — Georgia defeated UCF, 18-14.

For each game, Earl Evoy, a former WCFL board member, served as the announcer.

According to WCFL President Marc Basis, the number of flag football players in the league this spring was better than last year and early interest in tackle football for this fall is strong.

“We ended the season with 730 kids registered, which beat last year’s record of 500,” Basis said. “Tackle registration is open, and we are 20 percent above our registration at this time last year.”

According to Basis, the league took advantage of the large number of people in attendance to draw attention to the medical needs of one of the league’s coaches.

“One of our coaches, Tyrone Hill, was diagnosed with leukemia, and we started a GoFundMe campaign,” Basis said. “We raised $4,205 through the web site and another almost $500 in cash donations in nine days.”

Learn more about the Western Communities Football League at www.wcflfootball.com.