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The Children’s School Comets win Spirit Bowl tourney

Following four back-to-back wins and a last-minute interception, The Children’s School flag football team is celebrating a surprise victory of this year’s Spirit Bowl tournament.

Seventh-grade student and team quarterback Tobin Groth was named the tournament’s “Most Valuable Player.”

The co-ed Comets team, made up of students in grades 5-7, handed solid defeats to Christian Elementary, Bonita Road Christian and The Grauer School at the Nov. 6 private-school invitational, hosted by Horizon Prep in Rancho Santa Fe, before advancing to the finals. The team faced defending champ Santa Fe Christian in a game that came down to the wire. With one play left and the score at 12-6, Santa Fe appeared poised for a touchdown until an interception on the 10-yard line by Tobin stopped them cold.

“The team played really hard and everyone contributed,” said TCS physical education teacher Todd Billings, who coaches the team along with TCS parent Tim Scott. “But it’s sports and anything can happen, so it’s always a surprise when you win.”

The victory capped a winning week on the football field for The Children’s School. Earlier in the week, a team of sixth- and seventh-graders defeated one of Francis Parker’s seventh-grade teams.

With the opening of its middle school, this is the first year that The Children’s School has fielded a seventh-grade flag football team; next year, the school will also field an eighth-grade team.