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Undefeated WoPal Pee Wee Mustangs Head Into Playoffs as First Seed

Cynthia Cumming

Friday, November 8, 2013 • 9:31pm

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange Police Athletic League (WOPAL) continues to dominate league play as the Pee Wee Mustangs (8-10 yr olds) are 8-0 and first seed heading into the the Twin Valley Football Conference against fourth seed East Orange on November 9. Last year's Pee Wee team was undefeated and this year's team is on track for a repeat victory. 

The Junior Varsity Mustangs (11-12 yr olds) are 5-3 and the fourth seed. They will be playing first seeded Montclair on Sunday as well. 

Both Mustang games will take place at Woodman Field in Montclair beginning at 10:30am. The winners will advance to the championship next week (11/17) which will be hosted at West Orange High School.

Pee Wee Coach Andrew Mazurek  provided the Alternative Press with some information on his powerhouse team as they headed into the playoffs.

Averaging 25 points per game. Allowing 6 per game.
 
Leading Rushers:
Makhi Green: 557 yards, 12 touchdowns
Shakhi Carson: 259 yards, 3 TDs
Pharele Brun: 174 yards, 2 TDs
Dorian Rawls: 146 yards, 2 TDs
Divine Zaire: 82 yards, 5 TDs
Zander Lipsey: 80 yards

Quarterback:
Sean Brown: 188 yards passing, 4 TDs, 95 yards rushing

Receiving: 
Jayson Raines: 82 yards, 3 TDs, 7 extra points
Jordan Quiles: 27 yards, 1 TD

Defense:
LB Shakhi Carson: 40 tackles, 4 sacks
LB Adam Ashby: 38 tackles, 2 sacks
LB Chris Parsons: 35 tackles, 5 sacks
DT Zander Timothy: 20 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries
S   Jared Massay: 20 tackles, 3 interceptions
DE Pharele Brun: 7 sacks
DE Jayson Raines: 5 sacks

Offensive Line leaders:
Center: Zander Timothy
Guards: Chris Parsons, Syncere Flanagan
Tackles: Adrian Charles, Jahsil Ashe, JJ Scavalla
Ends: Jayson Raines, Jordan Quiles, Aidan Healey
 
Other team members include:
 
Hunter Bonaparte, Bowen Wright, Tajir Brown, Gavin Rembert, Austin Cowley, Anthony Brown, Gliberto Robinson, Colton Lehrer, Syhan Webb, Sean Tandy, Anthony Chapman.
 
Mazurek said: "This is a very special group of kids. We had 30 players on our championship team last year.. 24 of them are on the team again this season to go along with 15 new players. 13 of the players are actually in their third year with me because they started when they were 8. The fact that we are now in our third season together has been a huge advantage. It's unique to have such a large number of kids all start together and stick with it from age 8. 

Because of this, we have developed a great chemistry and confidence in each other over the years. The kids expect to win each and every time and understand the type of attitude and commitment it takes to be able to stay on top each and every week. This type of positive attitude has been built over the past few years with core of the team and quickly was spread throughout the whole team when we started practice all the way back on August 1. 

Because of their experience and amazing skill level, we have been able to push harder and add more complex plays and techniques that are of high school level. The kids have a mastery of our playbook that consists of over 60 plays. Its like nothing I've seen before at such a young age. They bring great passion and energy to the field everyday and it has been joy to coach and get to know all of them. As for me, yes I played baseball and football for the WOPAL growing up. I feel very lucky to be able to continue on with the PAL family now as a coach."
 
For more information on the West Orange PAL, go to http://www.wopal.org.
 

 
 
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