The quest for a Pop Warner Super Bowl Tournament football championship ended Friday for the Pennridge Greenjackets.
But the memories of a "once-in-a-lifetime season" are not likely to fade soon, said coach Jason Moyer.
"I've been coaching for 14 years, and this by far was the most exciting season I've had," Moyer said Friday after the 155-pound Greenjackets lost, 20-14, to the Brick City Lions of New Jersey in the Eastern Region Junior Midget Division 2 championship game in Watchung Hills, N.J.
The Lions advanced to the national championship tournament next month at Walt Disney World. The Greenjackets, based in Perkasie, Bucks County, ended their season with a 10-4 record and plenty of achievements.
"I told the kids that trophies are great, but the friendships we created and the things we accomplished are what it's really all about," Moyer said.
The Greenjackets, who won nine straight games before Friday, led, 14-0, at halftime. But Brick City scored on two passes and a punt return in the second half to win the game. Pennridge was unique this season in that it drew players from three other communities, all of which were former opponents in the Bux-Mont League.
"This team energized our community," Moyer said. "We came together and played better than many of us ever thought we could. I could not be more proud."