FARMINGTON — For young football players in the Four Corners, it was Super Bowl Saturday.

The Four Corners Young American Football League hosted its Super Bowls for third through seventh graders in Aztec and Farmington.

For more than 35 years, the league has aided kids in acquiring the football skills they need to continue playing at the next level.

"The YAFL does a great job because it gives us the opportunity to teach these kids the basic fundamentals," said Jonathan Martinez, defensive coordinator for the seventh grade Farmington Panthers. "That way, when they move on to the junior high or high school levels, those coaches don't have to spend all their time teaching them the fundamentals of football. They already have them. That gives our community a great advantage."

The league wouldn't be possible without teams from across the region all participating.

"It's a great effort by everybody to come together and play," Martinez said. "The whole Four Corners area benefits from this. The football level is raised so we can compete with the rest of the state."

The Farmington Panthers defeated the Aztec Tigers 40-18 to win the seventh grade championship.

"It was cool to win with my friends," said Panther quarterback Isaiah Jaramillo, who threw for two touchdowns and ran in a third. "I was nervous that I would throw an interception or make a mistake. I just tried to stay calm."

In the other games, Bloomfield was the third grade champs, beating the Farmington Bandits 25-12.


The Aztec Apes defeated Montezuma 26-6 for the fourth grade title.

In the fifth grade title game, the Farmington Coyotes shut out the Bayfield Wolverines 18-0.

Bayfield won the sixth grade championship with an 8-7 victory over the Aztec Lobos.