BY JONAH WOULLARD
Last year November, the Pembroke Pines Bengals 135 LB. team held up the American Youth Football Championship trophy in front of the Generation Nexxt production desk, proclaiming their 2010 championship. Even though this year’s 135 LB. team has a new nucleus of players which majority played on the 120 LB. team last year, the 135 LB. coaching staff from last year is still intact.
The 2011 Bengals’ 135 LB. players are truly playing with a chip on their shoulder after going undefeated the entire 2010 regular season on the 120 LB. weight class, only to lose to the Plantation Wildcats in the 2010 AYFL Championship game. The Bengals 135’s, lead by head coach Lance Rigby, started of this 2011 season in stride, dominating just about every game, outscoring their opponents 143-2 in their first four games of the season.
The Pembroke Pines Bengals would get a true test by lining up against the Pasadena Panthers 135 LB squad who was entering this contest on a three game winning streak of their own. The Pasadena Panthers led by head coach, Rod Lucas, and assistant head coaches, Devin Bush and Ryan Collins, had a Panthers’ game plan in place to derail the Bengals’ winning streak. Now it was time for all the pre-game talk to subside and it was time to play some football.
The Pasadena Panthers offense would strike first by driving down to the 12 yard line, but then the Panthers’ offense would stall and would have to settle for 22 yard field goal, by Pasadena’s kicker #10 Jacob Carrio, putting the Panthers’ up 3 to 0.
The Bengals’ high power offense would take the field and waste little time getting on the score board as Bengals’ offensive coordinator, TJ Johnson would call the number of Bengals’ wide receiver, #14 Aubrey Carr on a 60 yard pass from quarterback, #1 Kalyn “Kato” Nelson, scoring a touchdown giving the Bengals the early lead, 8-3.
The Bengals’ defense would tighten up forcing the Panthers in a three and out, and the Bengals’ offense would reward the defense with a big play of their own. The Bengals would execute a 41 yard pitch and catch to Bengals’ wide receiver #3 Brandon Johnson which gave the Bengals first and ten at the Panthers’ 14 yard line. The very next play, the Bengals would throw a 14 yard strike to #9 Christopher Cotto for a touchdown to increasing their lead, 16-3, with 26 seconds left in the first half.
The Pembroke Pines Bengals would start the second half showcasing their ball control offense, which would feature Bengals’ running back, #26 Mike Epstien with 9 carries for 59 yards. Also the Bengals’ defense led by #42 Charles Williams, #2 Tracy Thompkins, and #8 Andre Penn would be on display, as the Bengals did not yield another first down to the Panthers’ for the remaining of the game.
The Pembroke Pines Bengals would extend their lead over the Panthers with a final score, 22 to3 by calling the number of their fullback #42 Charles Williams who scored on a fullback dive to seal the game.
Bengals’ Head Coach, Lance Rigby said, “We have a great coaching staff that really prepares our kids to compete on a high level every week. This is a special group of kids, and we expect great things from them this season.”