Pleasant Hill Rebels Bring Championship Home!
Mar 01, 2015 10:43AM
● By Elena Hutslar
2014 Turkey Bowl Team
The peewee football team from Pleasant Hill Lamorinda Rebels Youth Football and Cheer took home the NorCal Elite Youth Football (PHLYF) and Cheer Turkey Bowl Championship this past November.
The Pleasant Hill Rebels hadn’t won a Turkey bowl in over 25 years. The Turkey Bowl is like the Super Bowl for their league. With the regular season ending after 9 weekly games, the top 6 seeded teams go into the playoffs for the month of November, ending with the Turkey Bowl Championship game. The last team from Pleasant Hill to win the Turkey Bowl was the Jr. Midget Division Team in 1988. Alumni from near and far came out to support the Rebels, and some wore Rebel team jackets from when they were players and cheerleaders. The stands were a sea of red, white, and gray. Many members of the current coaching staff and board for the Rebels have come full circle, from being a junior coach, player, or cheerleader to coaching their own kids. Now their children are part of something that made their own childhoods so memorable.
The PHLYF Rebels organization has provided youth football and cheerleading programs in Pleasant Hill for nearly fifty years. The football teams have gone to playoffs and Turkey Bowl Championships, and the cheerleaders have gone to cheerleading competitions; some cheer teams have fundraised and traveled to nationals in Disneyland and as far away as Nashville, Tennessee.