The 209 Seahawks Football Club had one team compete at an undisclosed location in Northern California this past month.
The 14-and-under squad won one of its two games.
Ceres earned a hard-fought 14-6 win over the Bay Area 300 Legacy on Jan. 24.
Jeremiah Stine accounted for both of the Seahawks’ touchdowns.
He had rushing TDs of 70 and 10 yards.
Ceres lost 12-6 to the Sacramento Raiders on Jan. 23.
Stine scored a rushing touchdown in the first half for the Seahawks.
“Travel ball is a lot different,” said Willie Solorio, club founder, who also doubles as president of the non-affiliated Ceres Seahawks Youth Football & Cheer Organization. “The competition is way better.”
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.
Solorio founded the Ceres-based 209 Seahawks after youth football leagues had to cancel their seasons due to safety concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s independent from the Ceres Seahawks organization,” Solorio said. “There’s been a lot of interest. I’m not surprised at all. I could probably field 10 rosters because so many kids want to play. We’re not recruiting players.”
The Seahawks’ rosters feature players from Ceres, Hughson, Turlock, Denair, Patterson, Modesto, Ripon and other local towns.
“Parents are grateful we’ve given their kids an opportunity to play football. 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.”Willie Solorio
“Parents are grateful we’ve given their kids an opportunity to play football,” 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.”
Practices are staged four times a week at undisclosed locations.
COVID-19 safety protocols are followed at practice and during games.
“We’ve been practicing for three months,” Solorio said. “We’ve been to two tournaments. No players have gotten coronavirus. We try to follow all the measures they (California Department of Public Health) put out. We take temperatures. We make them wear masks. They social distance. No sharing water bottles. We keep the kids as safe as possible.”
The 209 Seahawks will have three teams (10s, 12s and 14s) compete at a tournament in Yuba City next month.
“We also plan on going to Nevada, Idaho and Arizona,” Solorio said. “We will make sure these kids have somewhere to play.”