Team Rager Wear of Hawaii returned home to the islands on Wednesday two days after capturing the 2019 middle school Pylon 7 on 7 National Championship.
The team made up of middle school students from across the island of O’ahu celebrated their triumphant return at Zippys in Kaneohe on Wednesday afternoon where KHON2 caught up with the team.
Team Rager Wear defeated team AZ 87 from Arizona, 21-7 on Memorial Day at the Atlanta Falcons’ Mercedes-Benz Stadium to become the first team from the Aloha State to capture the prestigious title.
“Very grateful. Very grateful for my teammates and my friends. Everyone did their job, we all did great and Hawaii gets slept on a lot so when we go to the mainland we try to get as much as exposure as we can, and we try to do our best we can, so we can get seen,” said Haven Ahn.
Pylon 7 on 7 is an organization that holds non-contact football tournaments from January to May providing student athletes to get scouted by college coaches. Team Rager Wear earned a ticket to the National Championship Tournament after winning a regional tournament with an 8-0 record in Mesquite, Nevada earlier in the year.
“Teamwork makes the dream work. All one ohana. The parents were involved, the kids were involved, everybody was involved. The community was involved. It’s big for the state of Hawaii. We went to the east coast and that’s where they have a lot of ballers out there, so we weren’t looked at to come out with the victory, but we fought hard. We worked hard, and we came out with the victory, and we’re taking home the national title. 808 on top,” added head coach Hanalei Ahn.
Team Ragerwear – 2019 Pylon National Champions
Head Coach Hanalei Ahn