By Jonah Woullard
It’s not too often where you can show up to a youth football game week one, and enjoy a rematch of last year’s Super Bowl. At Mills Pond Park this past Saturday, that was just the case.
The Ft. Lauderdale Hurricanes would play host to the North West Broward Raiders on the 110 pound division. These teams played one another for the 2009 South Florida Youth Football League championship. Last year the Hurricanes won convincingly 20-6 against the Raiders in a highly anticipated match up.
The Raiders showed up to Mills Pond Park this Saturday with redemption on their mind. The Raider’s coaching staff explained, “We had to think about the loss in the Super Bowl the entire off season, and this is our chance to return the favor.”
The Hurricanes had a different mindset. I asked Hurricane’s head coach, Antwan Armlin, “How do you prepare your team to jump right out the gate and play a high caliber team such as the Raiders?” Coach responded, “Our goal is the Super Bowl, and it starts right now, regardless of who we play. Every play will count as if the entire season depended on it, and the other team will find out just how hard it is to play the defending champs, week one!”
After all the talk and the flip of the coin, it was game time. Both teams came out aggressive and threw their full blitz packages at one another’s offenses. As both offenses enjoyed a couple of long plays, no one was able to enter the red zone the entire first half.
This game was clearly shaping up to be a defensive battle as both teams showed off five man fronts, safety blitzes, and complicated pre-snap reads that would have college quarterbacks scratching their head.
Late in the third quarter Hurricanes defense forced the game’s first and costly mistake for the Raiders. As the Raiders were pinned on their own two yard line, Hurricanes linebacker (#3-Terrence Maxwell) forced a fumble scoring the game’s first points, as the Hurricanes tackled the Raiders in their own end zone for a safety.
The safety sparked excitement on the Hurricanes sidelines and even more on their offense as the Canes fed the ball to running back, (#1-Demeatres Marshall) on an impressive 57 yard drive. The Hurricane’s offense was finally in striking distance after consecutive running plays got the Canes in the red zone. The Canes offensive coordinator called a 25 give from the sidelines, and running back, (#33-Kimar Marin) dashed into the end zone for a powerful 15 yard touchdown run to seal the game with a 8-0 win over the Raiders.
The Raider’s showed up with a great game plan, but will have to put redemption on hold until hopefully they will face the Hurricanes in the playoffs. Hurricane’s head coach said at the end of the game, “Being the defending champs, we expect everyone’s best game this year, but everyone should expect ours too, we are looking to repeat!”
We enjoyed our first game of the week; it lived up to one of youth football’s top rivals between two great programs in the South Florida Youth Football League. Next week we continue to bring you the hottest match ups that youth football has to offer. We will be hosting the Pop Warner kickoff classic at Gwen Cheery Bulls, Boys & Girls Club.
This coming Saturday, August 28, 2010, The Gwen Cheery Bulls will be hosting the two time defending National Champions, The Richmond Giants. This by far, will be one of the most anticipated youth football match ups in the country. We will see you there, and don’t forget to tune in this coming Sunday August 29, 2010 on MY33 for the premiere of Generation Nexxt Youth Sports Network, presented by Title Sports Drink, associated with The Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance.