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Ramapo Spring Valley Hornets Advance To Pop Warner Semifinals

The Hornets advanced to the semifinals in the Pop Warner Super Bowl.
The Hornets advanced to the semifinals in the Pop Warner Super Bowl. Photo Credit: Jon Butler

RAMAPO, N.Y. -- It's been a dream season for the Ramapo Spring Valley Hornets.

The team advanced to the semifinals of the 61st Pop Warner Super Bowl after knocking off the Almaden Mustangs 36-14 at the Disney World's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

The Hornets will face the Dorchester Eagles Wednesday.

"It feels good," coach Velton Blacknall said. "Our kids have worked very hard to achieve their goal of getting to Disney. For many, this is their last year of playing Pop Warner."

The team was led by standouts like Enzo Arjona, Andre Epps, Jaquan Chambers and Colby Adrien. Blacknall is confident going into Wednesday's game.

"If we play hard and limit our mistakes and turnovers, we should be fine," Blacknall said.

Against Almaden, Blacknall said they were able to execute their gameplan.The support from the community has been overwhelming, Blacknall said.

"I've gotten so many texts and e-mails," Blacknall said. "It's been great."

Having coached the team for four years, Blacknall said he was thrilled to get to play at Disney World. He said his players excel both on and off the field.

"They’re all good students," Blacknall said. "They are making our community proud."

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