Burbank Dolphins Finish Runner-Up in SCMAF State Tourney

By On December 15, 2014

Burbank Dolphins (Photos courtesy of Mike Graceffo)

Burbank Dolphins (Photos courtesy of Mike Graceffo)

The Burbank Dolphins “A” division team lost a heartbreaking state championship game to host Pasadena, 21-20, taking second place in the SCMAF State tourney. The Dolphins won the San Gabriel Valley SCMAF tournament to advance to the State tourney which was held at Villa and Jackie Robinson Parks in Pasadena.

The Dolphins defeated Downey, Saddleback Valley and Duarte to set up the showdown with Pasadena. The Dolphins finished with an overall record of 21-1. They won the Burbank league championship, won the Burbank tournament championship and won the San Gabriel Valley SCMAF title.

“We had an awesome season and I am so very proud of my players and coaches,” Coach Mike Graceffo said. “They played and coached like true champions all year long.”

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The wins keep on coming. After completing an undefeated 15-0 campaign and winning the championship for the Burbank Park and Recreation District, the Burbank Dolphins took their talents to the next level and again came out victorious.

The Burbank Dolphins won the San Gabriel Valley A Division SCMAF (Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation) football title by defeating San Marino, 24-14, in Azusa on Sunday. They defeated Arcadia, 52-6, and Azusa, 30-0, to advance to the championship game.

Led by Coach Mike Graceffo, a clone of Bill Belichick in youth flag football, the Dolphins will now advance to the SCMAF state tourney which will be held in Pasadena starting the weekend of December 6. With the SCMAF tournament title in hand, Burbank improves to 18-0 on the season.

The team is led by quarterback Jonathan Topete, running back Joseph Augustine, defensive end Duncan Smith, receiver Nicco Chuidian, receiver/safety Chance Van Hook, receiver/safety Jake Panikowski, tight end Carter Kessinger, and guard/defensive end Patrick Shashaty.

Will these Dolphins win the state title? We wish them well. Best of luck to our Burbank boys.