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209 Seahawks 14-and-under team wins three games
209 Seahawks Football Club
The Ceres-based 209 Seahawks Football Club’s 14-and-under travel team improved its overall record to 7-3 this past weekend. The Seahawks won three of four games in the Sacramento area.

The 209 Seahawks Football Club’s 14-and-under travel team won three of four games in the Sacramento area this past weekend.

The Seahawks outscored their opponents, 119-24.

“We want to represent Northern California and show it’s not just Southern California that has powerhouse teams,” head coach Jonovan Solorio said. “We still have a lot of work to do. We’re really just getting started.”

The Seahawks defeated 300 Legacy (Oakland) 36-0 and North Bay Natives (Santa Rosa) 35-0 on Sunday.

The Seahawks topped the Grant Rams (Sacramento) 36-0 and lost 18-12 to the Petaluma Outlaws on Saturday.

The Seahawks squandered a 12-0 lead against Petaluma.

The Outlaws avenged a 14-6 loss suffered the previous weekend.

“They wanted the rematch immediately so we said okay,” Solorio stated.  “Our issue was not respecting our opponent. We took them lightly and they had too much heart. We have to work on our ego.”

Ahead 12-0, the Seahawks allowed three unanswered touchdowns during the rematch.

The Seahawks’ potential, game-tying drive ended with a turnover (interception) inside the Outlaws’ 5-yard line with 2 seconds to play.

“Their safety made a great play to seal the deal,” Solorio said.

The Seahawks improved their overall record to 7-3. Ceres has played seven games in the past three weeks.

The Seahawks will travel to Sutter this weekend.

“Every team you play is an all-star team,” Solorio said.

The 209 Seahawks Football Club is fielding a total of four teams during its inaugural season, including 10-and-under, 12-and-under, 14-and-under and 17-and-under.

“This is our first year doing this,” Solorio said. “We really want to put 209 on the map. We know it’s a long road. It’s a lot of hard work. We feel we’re on the right path.”

Willie Solorio founded the Ceres-based program after youth football leagues had to cancel their seasons due to safety concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Parents are grateful we’ve given their kids an opportunity to play football,” Willie Solorio said. “It’s keeping kids active. It gives them a chance to play a sport that they love. That’s way better than playing Fortnite 24 hours a day.”

“We try to follow all the measures they (California Department of Public Health) put out,” he added. “We take temperatures. We make them wear masks. They social distance. No sharing water bottles. We keep the kids as safe as possible.”

“The parents are a big part of the success and allowing this to happen,” Jonovan Solorio said.

Vincent Gonzalez scores
Vincent Gonzalez scores a touchdown in the 209 Seahawks’ 18-12 loss to the Petaluma Outlaws on Saturday.