The Orlando Phantoms men’s amateur football team booked its ticket to the United Football Federation of America championship game on April 28 when they defeated the Space Coast Tar Heels 28-6 Saturday night at Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs. For the Phantoms, it will be the team’s fourth trip to the title game, as Orlando has also previously reached the championship in 2011, 2014 and 2016.
2014 was the last time the Orlando has won the championship when they defeated the Fort Myers-based Florida Stingrays 42-35. The Phantoms, founded by Michael Torres, are currently in their eighth season of operation and play 11-on-11 American football and teams within the UFFOA are regulated by college football rules.
The program gained some noteriety in 2015 when it was revealed that former Major League Baseball pitcher Kyle Farnsworth was playing for Orlando. Farnsworth played for nine different teams throughout his successful career in the MLB before making the transition to adult football.
Orlando will face a familiar foe in the championship game, as they’ll matchup against West Coast Soldiers of Hudson, FL. The Phantoms faced the Soldiers on three separate occasions in the 2017 campaign, but were 0-3 in the matchups. Torres and his bunch will have the chance to exact revenge from last season’s sweep.
The UFFOA’s championship game will be played at Astronaut High School, which is located in Titusville, FL. The title game is slated with a kickoff time of 7 p.m. The league’s annual all-star game will be played beforehand, with a kickoff of 2 p.m. for that contest. For anyone looking into more information on the Orlando Phantoms, checkout their team website at www.orlandophantoms.com.