For two consecutive years, the PAREF Springdale Titans have emerged as the Milo Visayas football champions, defeating the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles with a score of 2-0 at a jam-packed Cebu City Sports Complex.
The road was not easy for them as they trained vigorously for weeks to prepare their bodies for battle. Springdale played 3 games prior to the finals, garnering a 7-0 win over the USJR Jaguars, a 10-0 demolition over Canduman National High School, and scoring a 3-1 victory over Abellana National High School in the semi-finals.
Many fans from both teams watched the finals as the Titans controlled the match, launching a barrage of attacks early on, spearheaded by the impressive ball-handling skills of third years' Enzo Ceniza, Jimi Haosen, and Sabin Veloso.
By the 29th minute, Springdale drew the first goal as Veloso calmly took a free kick outside the box and accurately kicked it into the direction of Tyrone Jacalan, who headed the ball into the net.
Springdale continued to attack the SHS-AdC defense in the second half, with Mark Nacional scoring another goal for the Titans as the opposing team's keeper dove to the wrong direction.
"The team performed really well. I thought we would go through a penalty shoot-out by the end of the game, but our defense played extremely well," said goalkeeper Liam Hines, who denied every shot from the Ateneo opposition.
PAREF Springdale Titans football team also won a slot at the National Finals, for which they are to defend their National crown.