Metuchen Pop Warner (MPW) kicked-off season number 47 this past weekend by hosting its 3rd annual Football Jamboree, where teams from eight area towns braved the rain and played a 'round robin' of controlled scrimmages for kids aged 5 through 15. Also played was the 1st ever Alumni Flag Football game...
...The inaugural Alumni game, brainchild of former player and now coach Matt Owens, and current cheer director Melanie Martiak, was dedicated to Matt's dad, Carl Owens, who has served for over 20 years as coach and president of both MPW and the Raritan Valley Conference. Carl and Matt now coach a Pee-Wee level team together. Participation in the game was open to all former MPW players over age 18 and teams battled for the "Bone" - a coveted honor for the bulldogs and a tradition started by Coach Owens years ago.
The league's prestigious MPW Jim Brown Scholarship was awarded to Ray Doherty, MHS class of '09. The award is open to MHS graduates who are attending college in the fall. Applicants must have played for MPW for at least one season and for the MHS football team during their senior year. The scholarship is then awarded to the candidate with the highest GPA. Jim Brown was a 30 year devoted league coach and volunteer who passed away in 1992.
According to league president Glenn Shapiro, "Both our cheer and football teams are looking forward to great seasons. We have 170 kids participating this year - the largest turnout in the last few years." The league sports five football and three cheer teams.