St. Paul, Minn. (June 14, 2011) – The Hmong College Prep Academy Warriors flag football team finished up their 2011 season with a perfect 7-0 season last month, earning them the Eastern Minnesota Athletic Conference title in the process and celebrating its first undefeated season and conference championship for any sport in the school’s six year history.
“I can’t say enough about the effort of our players,” stated Head Coach Fong Vang. “To go undefeated and win a conference championship is a testament to their dedication and hard work.”
Coach Vang highlighted the contributions of three players as key to the club’s success this season.
“On offense, senior Sher Xiong and junior Johnny Moua each had a great year. Sher provided his team with great agility and speed at the running back position,” said Vang. “Johnny came back from a good season last year and continued to dominate at wide receiver. His ability to find the open slots on the field and catch the ball continue to amaze me.
“Johnny also demonstrated his toughness by overcoming a shoulder injury earlier in the season,” he added. “However, he did not let that injury stop his performance.”
On the defensive side of the ball, Coach Vang liked the play of sophomore Troy Yang.
“Troy had a wonderful season on defense this year,” said Vang. “He was able to provide the speed we needed to put pressure on our opponents’ quarterback. We’re looking forward to seeing him improve over the course of the next two seasons.”
Coach Vang is a big supporter of what flag football provides charter school students. “Flag football gives smaller school students the opportunity to participate in a form of football that doesn’t require a lot of money or equipment. The sport is booming in the Hmong community and I’m just happy that HCPA can provide an opportunity for our kids to play in an organized and safe environment.”
Though similar to tackle football, flag football features a number of rule differences that allow every player to be involved on offense.
“In flag football, you play 7 on 7 and everyone is eligible to catch the ball,” stated Coach Vang. “At first, no one wanted to play offensive line because they all wanted to score. However, after I told them that the linemen were the players who scored the most, we had plenty of volunteers. That’s what makes the sport different…everyone has a chance to catch the ball.”
This is the second flag football season in the Eastern Minnesota Athletic Conference. The 2011 season featured teams from Calvin Christian, Nova Classical Academy and Minnetonka Christian Academy, along with HCPA. In 2010, HCPA went 5-3.
Hmong College Prep Academy is now enrolling students in grades K-12 for the 2011-2012 school year. For more information, interested parties can contact the school at 651.209.8002 or online at www.hmongacademy.org. HCPA is located at 1515 Brewster Street in St. Paul, just southeast of the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.