Icon Raiders look to take second state title

Michelle Revels By Michelle Revels

Dec. 16, 2017 at 9:51 p.m.

The Victoria Icon Raiders pose for a team photo. The Raiders will play for the TYFA state chamionship  Sunday at Toyota Field in San Antonio.

The Victoria Icon Raiders pose for a team photo. The Raiders will play for the TYFA state chamionship Sunday at Toyota Field in San Antonio.    CONTRIBUTED PHOTO for The Victoria Advocate

For head coach Quincy Johnson and the Victoria Icon Raiders, winning has become tradition.

Johnson's team competes in the Texas Youth Football Association.

The Icon Raiders play competitive tackle football against teams all over the state from ages 4-12.

Johnson started coaching the Raiders three years ago when they were only allowed to play flag football.

"They're in at a young age, but it's never too young to get noticed," Johnson said. "When they get older, they already know football."

The Icon Raiders are 12-0 this season and have outscored their opponents 364-18.

The Raiders will take on the Houston Southside Cowboys for the state championship at 2 p.m. Sunday at Toyota Field in San Antonio.

"We play teams from cities like Austin, Pflugerville and Killeen," Johnson said. "There's about 100 different teams in the league all together."

Two years ago, Johnson's Icon Raiders won the state championship for the league in flag football.

Last year, they were in the semifinals. Now, they're headed back to compete in the state championship.

Since the teams are from varying cities, the Icon Raiders must travel nearly every weekend. This takes dedication from Johnson, the parents and the players, Johnson said.

"Every game, we play in games that are two and a half to three hours away," Johnson said. "It's a lot of traveling, but it's well worth it.

Johnson said his favorite moment of the season came on a last-second play to beat the Pflugerville Hawks in the semifinal.

"We won in overtime on a last- second pass when the score was 8-6," Johnson said. "We just beat them again in the semifinals last week."

Johnson hopes for continued success when the Raiders take the field Sunday.

"We are playing a really good team out of Houston, so it should be a good game," Johnson said. "I'm very excited for the kids, because they get to play at a professional stadium."


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