Virginia Beach continued to show its dominance on the national youth football scene this past weekend in Orlando, Fla., when the Virginia Beach Cavaliers Jr. Pee Wees won the American Youth Football National Championship.
The Cavaliers defeated Maryland’s Peppermill Pirates — the previously undefeated defending national champions — 21-6. Head coach Roger Corprew’s team (ages 10 and 11) was anchored by Jaylen Epps, the star quarterback and middle linebacker who earned tournament MVP honors. The Cavaliers outscored their opponents 498-13 during the regular season and playoffs.
“It’s a great thing for us around here to represent the area,” said Frankie Knox, who founded the Cavaliers program in 2011.
Knox, the Jr. Pee Wees assistant coach, also coaches the Cavaliers Mighty Mites (ages 8-9) which will compete with the country’s top teams for the AYF national championship this weekend in Richmond. The tournament schedule is not yet set, but the championship game will be played on Sunday, according to Knox.
“We’re just very excited for the program as a whole,” said Knox, whose Cavaliers 13U team won the national championship last year. “This success helps.”
The Cavaliers Jr. Pee Wees are the second team from the city, along with the Virginia Beach Mustangs in Pop Warner, to win a national championship this year.
Knox is looking forward to the possibility of setting up a “national, national championship game” between the two clubs.
“We would love to play the Mustangs,” Knox said. “It would be great for the city, our area. Both teams are undefeated; I think we should play. Get the fans out, get the people out, and have a great time.”