When Steve Quinn talks about the Football University Youth National Championship series he is more than exuberant.
Quinn is vice president of the organization, which is under the All American Games group of properties that include the US Army All American game.
On Dec. 7 and 8 it will be youth football mania in Naples and all over the country, featuring outstanding sixth, seventh and eighth grade players as the 64-team tournament begins.
“It’s the Little League World Series, but football,” Quinn said.
The games at Fleischmann Park will feature Southwest Florida Youth Football, Sarasota, South Florida and Central Florida.
On Dec. 7, the Southwest Florida team will play Sarasota, while South Florida will play Central Florida.
The schedule for Southwest Florida, playing Sarasota, is: sixth grade, 8:30 a.m., seventh, 12:30 p.m. and eighth, 4:30 p.m.
Games for South Florida playing Central Florida are: sixth grade, 10:30 a.m., seventh, 2:30 p.m. and eighth, 6:30 p.m.
The winners and losers will play Sunday, Dec. 8. Championship game time.
Some of the Dec. 7 and 8 game sites around the country include Charlotte, Atlanta, Chicago, Austin, Tex., Des Moines, Wichita, Dallas, Phoenix the San Francisco-Oakland Bay area and Seattle.
Champions of the Naples games will play winners of the Charlotte, N.C. site, doing battle in Atlanta on the weekend of Dec. 15.
Those winners will be in the final four in San Antonio on Jan. 3, with the championship games on Jan. 5. The championship games will be played at a San Antonio high school, with the eighth grade title game expected to be shown live on NBC, Quinn said.
He expects at least one team Southwest Florida team to advance, which means fundraising is necessary. Anyone interested in making a donation can contact Quinn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets at the games are $5.
The Southwest Florida teams are made up of players from Southwest Florida Youth Football League, Pop Warner and First Baptist Youth Football League.
Team members were chosen from the regular season play and tryouts.
Only 30 players were chosen for each team.
n Sixth grade:
Cypress Lake Hornets: Curtis Malik.
Dunbar Rattlers: Terrance Cherry, Josh DeCarlo and Paul Adline.
Golden Gate Tigers: Jeremiah Bolte and David Henry.
Immokalee Seminoles: Reynaldo Rosales, Jr.
Lee County Hawks: Elvis Barrios, Jonathan Dillon, Jonathan Lachia, Brandon Lepore, Dylan Silverman and Jessie Steffel.
Marco Island Eagles: Jordan Love.
Naples Bears: Cameron Festa, Aidan Massiate, Jean Perez, Ethan Pratt, Evan Rodriguez, Holden Sanders, Hayden Shores and Ty Taylor.
Naples Gators: Michael Fangman, Destin Filimore, Chevensky Octa, Zachary Johnson, Holden Sarjan and Patrick Wuschke.
Naples Hurricanes: Hunter Baker, Jason Grimes and Derek Wingo.
South Naples Pirates: Adam Branchedor, Ar-quel Smith, Jaz Duplechain, and Myquan Stewart.
n Seventh grade:
First Baptist Beacons: Christian Spielmaker.
Dunbar Rattlers: Damon Quiroz, Kennan Walker and Malachi Jimenez,
Golden Gate Tigers: Jay Heard and Eddie Joseph.
Lee County Hawks: William Ditzell III, JT Shelton and Dedrick Goode.
Marco Island Eagles: Richard Reisinger.
Naples Bears: Connor Smith, Colby Lloyd, Cole Haskins and Marc Viechec.
Naples Gators: Neo Cavero, Wendy Luders, DiAndre St. Jean, Joshua Victor,
Punta Gorda: Alec Baldwin, Jaquez Boston and Ariel Pasadas.
South Naples Pirates: Patrice Baptiste, Abe Mefelus and Henderson Francois.
n Eighth grade:
Cypress Lake: Brenton Collier, Xavier Perez and Kris Walton.
Immokalee: Abraham Alce, Shedro Louis and Malcolm Jackson.
Firecats: William Scott.
First Baptist: Christian Holland.
Lee County Hawks: Joe Wilkens, Dorjan Boyd, Bryson Ferrell, Luke Smith and Nick Jacobs.
Naples Canes: Spencer Aristizabel, Dana Brown, Kaden Frost, Eathan Jonassaint and Wooby Theorke.
NFL: Julian Diaz.
Naples Gators: Ryan Black, Raymond Escalera, Juan Herrera, Jacob Kuhlman, Chauncey Pelissier, Nick Tenley, Stanley Thomson, Curtis Wise and Andrew Wright.
Riverdale: Thomas Edison, Fanajae Gotay and Jeshaun Jones.
South Naples Pirates: DeMarcus Townsend.
Frank Connelley, sixth grade, Leol Rowe, seventh grade and Randy Kopp, eighth grade. Kopp coached the seventh grade tam a year ago.
n Some of the players to watch at the sixth grade level are Steffel, Octa, Rosales and Wingo.
Seventh graders, Francois, St. Jean and Addison.
Eight grade, Townsend, Alce, Thomson and Gotay.