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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The elation of a football championship evaporates into a disaster for a local “Pop Warner” football team. The Northside Raiders won their version of a super bowl Saturday — then had all their team gear stolen.

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Nine-year-old Kaedan Ward said he’s mad… his word. And he has some words for whoever took their gear. “That they shouldn’t do that.”

Because Saturday he and his eight and 9-year-old buddies shut out a team from Colorado to win a regional championship, which they consider their Super Bowl. Quarterback Kaedan Ward, who’s called ‘Special K,” threw a touchdown in the win. But Sunday, while celebrating at a Main Event in San Antonio, their locked van was broken into.

“We get to the van and everything was gone. Shoulder pads, helmets, jerseys, personal items,” assistant coach Kynard Jones explained.

The loss was devastating and personal. “They hurt our coaches and our team, made us feel real bad,” Kaeden said.

Twenty-eight sets of special kids equipment were gone. And very expensive to replace. According to North Dallas Youth Program Athletics Director Dante Ratcliff, the jerseys alone are pricey. “Maybe $1300-$1500 a set, there were two sets. The helmets, roughly $100-$120 a piece.” He estimates the loss in the thousands of dollars.

The Northside Raiders are one of five football teams sponsored by the non-profit North Dallas Youth Program. In a bizarre twist, an older team had its equipment stolen in Dallas a few weeks ago. Yesterday’s theft was especially hard, according to Ratcliff. “And for me it was very disappointing to have to sit and talk and explain to those kids that things like this happen. It’s not supposed to but it does.”

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In football terms, Ratcliff tells the kids this just a fumble, that they have to go back and be better. A message received by Kaedan and the rest. “He said don’t do it, don’t steal from nobody.”

Ratcliff says he will depend on volunteers to help with replacing the two sets of stolen equipment.

Click here to help or call the North Dallas Youth Program at 469.438.1008.

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