A few different area Pop Warner football organizations still have teams alive following this past Saturday's playoff action.
The East Manatee Bulldogs won three games at Lakewood Ranch Park, while the North Manatee Storm, Palmetto Trojans and Manatee Mustangs each have two teams that claimed victories on the weekend.
The Bulldogs did their damage in the Division III semifinals of the Foundation for Youth Development conference by beating the Valrico Rams in the Junior Pee Wee (32-0), Pee Wee (14-6) and Junior Midget (8-0) divisions. They were beaten in the Unlimited division's D-I semifinals, 41-13, by the Pinellas Park Rebels at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex.
Robby Goecker and Markel McWhite had the touchdowns in the Pee Wee victory, while the Junior Midget team was led by Ryan Franks, who registered a safety off a tackle and caught a 6-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter.
The Storm blasted the Tampa PAL Patriots 20-7 in the Pee Wees and 36-0 in the Junior Midgets to advance from the D-III semifinals.
That sets up this weekend's tilt with the Bulldogs in the conference finals scheduled for Valrico Park. The Bulldogs meet the Patriots in the Junior Pee Wee conference final.
The Mustangs and Trojans are at St. Petersburg's J.C. Turner Field for the Division I conference finals following Saturday's performances.
The Mustangs earned games against the South Pasco Predators (Junior Pee Wee) and Rebels (Unlimited) for beating the Rebels (27-0) in the Junior Pee Wees and the Manatee Wildcats (38-2) in the Unlimited division.
The Trojans meet the Predators in the Pee Wees and in the Junior Midgets. They won their Pee Wee semifinal 14-0 this past Saturday at Mustang Field over the Mustangs, and earned a forfeit victory against the East Tampa Bandits in the Junior Midgets.
The North Manatee Storm's Mitey Mites lost an 18-12 overtime game to the Predators. Demarius Smith had two touchdowns, while Wyat Loggins led the rushing attack. On defense, T.J. Thomas recovered Jonathan Styles' forced fumble.
The Bulldogs are sending their cheerleaders to the regional round following Sunday's performance at the Bradenton Area Convention Center.
The top three squads at each level advance to regionals, scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend later this month and includes competition from Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.
The Tiny Mite, Junior Pee Wee and Midget cheerleaders advanced to regionals, which are held at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee.
The Storm are also sending two cheerleading squads, which are coached by Rachel Infanti, Ashley Ebeling and Candace Lowe.
Nolan nabs soccer titles
The Nolan Middle School boys and girls soccer teams won the Manatee County Championship recently.
Each team went undefeated, with the Nolan girls taking a 2-0 decision over Braden River and the Nolan boys earning a 3-0 penalty shootout victory over King.
The girls claimed their fourth county title, while it was a first county championship for the boys program.
Girls team members include: Jordan Golden, Sofia Jamieson, Corinne Kasten, Elise West, Emma Bittar, Olivia Brown, Olivia Conelias, Josie Curtis, Juanita Diaz, Emma McIntrye, Makenna Stickler, Madison Aker, Anjolie Berninger, Emma Lakomiak, Natalie Oliver, Caitlin Ramlogan and Rheana White.
The boys team members include: Ethan Sudsberry, Jaylen Besse, Keon Buckley, Gio Christiano, Jonathan Resendiz, Alejandro Rincon, Ryan Freeman, Travis Freeman, Josh Hays, Ryan Katchen, Connor McManis, Anthony Sevarino, Andrew Schagen and Alex Thompson.
Jason Dill, sports reporter, can be reached at 745-7017 or via email at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jason__Dill.