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Challenged athletes and cheerleaders participate in Pop Warner game


Last updated 10/10/2019 at 4:47pm

Celebrating a victory and enjoying good company are Palomar Stars football players Deuce Dunbar (6), Ruben Minjares (7), Trevor Tibbs (13), Jonathan Askey (10), Philip Brockington (21), Cody Brockington (23), Santiago Sedillo (24), Toby Rosevelt (27), Cody Thill (34), Brandon Peterson (43) and Tanner Bauer (55); Palomar Stars cheerleaders Abby Alexanian, Naya Barnes, Mary Grace Galli, Abby Grayem, Sarah Hamilton, Ksenya Leso, Andrea Lorentzen-Swift, Gine Magginao, Kaitlyn Maza, Kiera O'Donnell, Hailey Pagliaro, Jasmine Rizzo and Alexi Yharte and Fallbrook Warriors: Cash Day (54), Vince Mendez (27), Luis Lopez (3), Angle Rocha (19), Ritchie Ramirez (10), Austin Ward (23), Carlos Ramirez (23), Logan Galvan (22), Ryder Ceruli (12) and Kingston Ward (11).

FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Pop Warner is part of the Palomar Conference of Pop Warner. The league offers a Challenger Division, which gives a chance for those players and cheerleaders who are not physically able to play on the Palomar Conference's traditional divisions but still want the opportunity and joy of playing football or being a cheerleader.

Palomar Stars are getting set for a play, while Fallbrook 12U sets to defend their goal line. The Palomar Stars are Philip Brockington (21), Cody Brockington (23), Santiago Sedillo (24) and Fallbrook Warriors: Emilio Zapata (34) and Avery Wilson (2).

These are the most inspirational participants who love the game. The philosophy of the Pop Warner Challenger Division is to provide the framework for local Pop Warner programs to offer a structured football program for participants with special needs.

The Challenger program is non-competitive flag football and no score is kept. The games are modeled after a typical Pop Warner game with warmups, coin toss and national anthem etc.

In September, the Fallbrook Pop Warner 12U division played the Palomar Conference Challenger-Stars team at Fallbrook High School. Many touchdowns were scored by the Challenger team as they were supported by their cheer squad and families.

Fallbrook also boasts of one player in the Challenger Division – Jonathan Askey.

If any parents are interested in the Challenger program for their child, contact Brenda Calvert at (619) 339-9384 or

Submitted by Fallbrook Pop Warner.


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