Traditionally, the Ravens Youth Football season ended at the Trans Valley Youth Football (TVYFL) Super Bowl held annually in Mariposa, but that is no longer the case.
For the first year ever the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio will host its National Youth Football Championships. The aim of the event is to take the top youth football teams around the country, and invite them to a credible national postseason event similar to the structure and effect of the Little League World Series in youth baseball.
A total of eight regional events will be held, including New Jersey, Ohio, Atlanta, St. Louis, Chesapeake, Dallas, Los Angeles and the Bay Area.
Each regional will feature eight teams per division per age level.
The Patterson Ravens have been approved to send two teams to the Bay Area Region event held at Santa Rosa Junior College on Saturday.
The Patterson Ravens varsity team, guided by head coach Martell Scoggins and assistant coaches David Cota and Gordon Hediger, went 12-0 this season, capturing a TVYFL Super Bowl title in 2017. This was the second year in a row the varsity team won the Super Bowl.
The varsity team is scheduled to take on the Sacramento Raiders in their first game of the Bay Area Region event at 12:30 p.m. at Santa Rosa Junior College.
The Patterson Ravens will also send their Novice division team. Coached by Jason Addington, the Novice Ravens went 10-1 in 2017 including postseason. Their only loss came in the Super Bowl, when the Ravens fell to the Hilmar Packers. Despite their loss, the Novice team was invited to participate in Bay Area Region event.
The Novice Ravens team will take on the Washington Tomahawk Reds at 9:30 a.m. at Santa Rosa Junior College.
The entirety of the event will take place from Dec. 1-3 at Santa Rosa Junior College and Windsor High School.
According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame website, more than 50 regional scouts were tasked with traveling across the country, headed by former NFL General Manager Ray Farmer, and collegiate scout Gary Howard. The scouts have been evaluating teams from 4th through 8th grade since August. Teams that were chosen were invited to participate in their respective regional events.
The championship series features two conferences: The all-star conference is for players between 6th and 8th grade. The all-star division features hundreds of teams, made up of top players from each region, representing three age groups from 6th to 8th grade. A state director organizes the teams from each region and hosts a try-out for the top players in the area. Up to 30 players are permitted per team.
There will also be a league team-based conference for teams from 4th through 8th grade. This division is made up of teams, such as the Patterson Ravens, that play together throughout the season and stay together to compete in postseason. Each team is required to prove they are using the same roster from the start of the season. Age groups for the league team division include 7U, 8U, Mighty Mite, 10U, Junior Pee Wee, 12U, Pee Wee and 8th grade.