PLANTATION WILDCATS PEEWEE OVERTIME THRILLER!
BY MYLES HOUSTON
(August 21, 2011)-Bright and early, this past Saturday; the morning would begin with the youngest of all the weight classes in the American Youth Football League. The Pasadena Panthers Pee Wees led by head coach Earl Little, would play host to the Plantation Wildcats Pee Wees led by head coach Pat Heart. To a true youth football fan this is how every Saturday morning should start.
The coin was tossed and the whistle blew, and now it was time for some good ole fashion football. Both the defenses would set the tone early with hard hits and endless pursuit to the ball. With the game evenly matched with excellent defense cancelling out both offenses, it would take an outstanding special teams’ play for the game’s first score. The Plantation Wildcats would punt to the Pasadena Panthers’ punt return specialist, #4 Cody Brown who fielded the punt on his own 32 yard line and took it back for an amazing 68 yard touchdown. The Pasadena Panthers would lead the Plantation Wildcats, 6-0 going into the half.
In the Plantation Wildcats’ halftime huddle, head coach Pat Hart explained to his young peewee football team how important it was to play with heart, and to stay committed to winning this game. Coach Pat’s speech seemed to resonate in Plantation Wildcats defense and offense, as the Wildcats offense seemed to be able to execute their bread and butter, off tackle plays lead by Wildcats’ running back #8 Maurice Newton Jr. It would take a couple of offensive series but the Wildcats finally tied the game up with 8 play drive capped off by a hardnosed, powerful 6 yard touchdown run by Plantation’s running back, #20 Khaheim Simon.
Regulation ended with both the Wildcats and Panthers locked at six points each. The Wildcats would get the first opportunity to break the tie in overtime. The Wildcats lost two yards on first and ten with the Panther’s linebackers on an all out blitz. But on the very next play Pasadena’s running back #5 Earl Little Jr. would fake a sweep run, and cutback for a 12 yard touchdown to put the Wildcats ahead in overtime. The Wildcats would attempt the points after touchdown, but would be denied by host of Wildcat defenders, leaving the score Wildcats 12, and Plantation 6.
Now the Plantation Wildcats would also get their opportunity to score in overtime, and they would do just that as Wildcats’ running back #20 Khaheim Simon would tie up the score with his second touchdown of the game. Plantation head coach Pat Hart knew he needed to get the ball in the hands of the Wildcats’ playmaker if they were to put this game away with the point after touchdown attempt. Wildcats’ running back #20 Khaheim ran behind his massive blocks of the Plantation offensive line which created a wedge enabling their talented running back to score the P.A.T. winning in overtime, Plantation Wildcats 13-Pasadena Pamthers-12.