Framingham cheered on the 7th grade Framingham Flyers football team Friday night at Bowditch Field.
The team left for Florida and the national American Youth Football playoffs Saturday. The Flyers first game is Monday.
Half the team flew out of Logan Airport in Boston and half flew out of Worcester very early saturday morning. Knights Airtport Limousine Service provided transportation to the airport for the New England Champion Framingham Flyers team.
The cost of the championship quest is $45,000+. More than $30,000 had been raised by the Friday night rally. Donations are still needed to defray the cost of this week-long trip for the 31 players and coaches.
This is the first-ever Framingham youth football team to make the national playoffs and the first team from the Bay State Conference.
The Championship players are Jared Brockway, Ken Butterfield, Anthony Parisi, Jimmy Santiago, Kevin Sager, Jim Mancini, Dan Bicalho, Orlando Rosario, Charles James, Jose Mullins, Joshua Davis, Dylan Dion, Luis Nieves, Alex Useloff, Edrick Bodley, Christian Dardompre, Michael Stournaras, Jake Blumer, Tonee Diaz, Simon Stock, Sean Coote, Aaron Casey, Gavin Dingus, Alexander Ramos, Joseph Tolson, Zachary Siegel, William Mellusi, Shaheer Sutton, Marcus Elysee, Ifeanyi Egesi and Shalon Smith.