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Local youths on winning Oregon 8th grade all-star football team

WHARTON, New Jersey - The Oregon Ducks are not the only team in Oregon winning big. There is also talent at the youth level, where the eighth grade team from Oregon emerged victorious over the Washington team, 40-36, in a first round game of the inaugural Football University (FBU) National Championship, played in Seattle in late November.

Six local players were among those vying for the Oregon all-star team - Trevon Bradford (running back), Jordon Phillips (defensive back), Conner Mitchell (running back) and Samuel Maughan (wide receiver) from Oregon City; and Zach Masson (defensive line) and Aaron Dolfay (defensive line) from the Rex Putnam High School attendance area.

The win in the first weekend of the single-elimination tournament keeps Oregon's hopes of winning the FBU National Championship alive. Oregon is slated to face Sunnyvale, Calif. in the next round on the weekend of Dec. 16-18. That game has been tentatively scheduled for the Portland area on the afternoon of Saturday, Dec. 17. The winner of that match-up will be only two wins away from an all-expense-paid trip to San Antonio to compete for the national championship in the Alamodome.

The FBU National Championship is a football version of the Little League World Series, featuring 40 teams competing in a NCAA-style bracket tournament, to select a true national champion in youth football's 8th-grade division. The first three rounds of the five-round tournament take place at regional sites and the semifinals and finals will take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, with the champion being crowned following the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday, January 7.