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Gwinnett Football League eighth-grade team defends national title

GFL Georgia defeated Seattle 31-0 in the finals of the eighth-grade game at the Football University national championship at the Alamodome in San Antonio. (Special Photo)

GFL Georgia defeated Seattle 31-0 in the finals of the eighth-grade game at the Football University national championship at the Alamodome in San Antonio. (Special Photo)

The Gwinnett Football League successfully defended its title as the best youth football team in the country on Sunday.

GFL Georgia defeated Seattle 31-0 in the finals of the eighth-grade game at the Football University national championship at the Alamodome in San Antonio. GFL won last year’s national championship 32-6 over Colorado.

The GFL had two teams in national championship games. The sixth-grade team lost North Texas 38-12.

Running back Nolan Edmonds led the eighth-grade GFL’s offense with 129 yards rushing on 15 carries with two touchdowns.

GFL opened the game with a 99-yard scoring drive after William Van Pemelen hit a 23-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead.

Edmonds scored a pair of second quarter touchdowns from nine yards and 53 yards to put the GFL ahead 17-0 at halftime.

Cory Wroble scored in the fourth quarter on a two-yard run and Chris Dominquez had a 24-yard TD run to seal the 31-0 victory.

The GFL dominated the 62-team tournament that began on Dec. 7. The team outscored its opponents 122-20 in six games, including three shutouts.

In the semifinals on Friday, GFL defeated last year’s seventh-grade national champion Maryland 10-6.