By Michelle Amirsehhi, parent of a player with the Redwood City 49er Junior Pee Wee team.
The Redwood City 49er Junior Pee Wee Pop Warner football team (ages 10-11) will face the Evergreen Bulldogs from Vancouver, Washington, for the Pacific Northwest Region Championship at Woodside High School at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26.
The winner goes to Orlando, Florida, for the national championships. There is a $15 admission fee for the game.
The 49ers are the second local Pop Warner football team competing for a regional title that will qualify them for the nationals. The other is the Menlo-Atherton Vikings Pee Wees (ages 11-12). (Click here to read about the Vikings, who will play at 11 a.m. the same day at Woodside High.
The 49er Junior Pee Wees, who had a 12-0 regular season, defeated their counterparts with the M-A Vikings to win the Peninsula Pop Warner championship.
Then the 49ers defeated the Douglas Tigers from Reno, Nevada, 39-6 in a semi-final regional championship game.
Two Woodside Elementary School students are on the 49er team.
Ryan Amirsehhi of Woodside, who is in the fifth grade at Woodside Elementary School, has played for the Redwood City 49er organization for two years. He plays center on the offensive line, is the team's long snapper, and play defense when needed. Interesting history: His mom and uncle also attended Woodside Elementary, and his great-grandmother has a 45-plus-year history in Woodside.
The other Woodside Elementary student on the team is Andre Crooks, a seventh-grader. He plays on the red offensive line as fullback and plays as a lineman on the red defensive line. He has played for the Redwood City 49er organization for five years.
For more information on the Redwood City 49ers, click here.