BY JONAH WOULLARD
In youth football, there are some home fields that are tough to play in. Whenever a team visits the home field of the Gwen Cherry Bulls, they all know it is hard to get a win at 71st Street. Gwen Cherry is the only Greater Miami Pop Warner program with five teams that are still undefeated at this point of the season. The Bulls are also tied for first place with the Overtown Rattlers as a program with 28 overall wins, in just five weeks of play.
In Greater Miami Pop Warner, the Midget (160 LB) division is so competitive that you have to play your best football to survive every week. The 160 LB. matchup between the undefeated Florida City Razorbacks and the Gwen Cherry Bulls was truly a highly anticipated game from the time is was scheduled in the pre-season.
The Gwen Cherry Bulls’ defense played outstanding the entire game against the Razorbacks, which average just under 30 points a game. The Bulls’ defense lead by, linebacker #4 Winton “Duke” Moton, nose tackle #9 Jaquez Paytee, cornerbacks #11 Fred Thorton and #2 Cornelius Vain made it difficult for the Razorbacks to move the ball the entire game, shutting out the Razorbacks up until 5:28 left in the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter is when the Bulls made their most costly mistake, fumbling the ball within their own 20 yard line, allowing the Razorbacks to recover.
The Florida City Razorbacks capitalized on the Bulls’ mistake and drove the ball down to Bulls’ five yard line. Florida City’s running back, #8 Jarvis Johnson powered in a 5 yard touchdown to put the Razorbacks up 6-0. Razorback, #3 Maurice Alexander kicked the extra point bringing the final score to 8-0, Florida City.
Gwen Cherry Head Coach, Thomas Finie said, “We played a tough game, we know we’ll see Florida City again in the playoffs and we feel good about our chances of pulling out a win next time we meet.”
Florida City Head Coach, Curt Dewberry said, “Our players came in a little flat, it’s a good lesson for our team to learn to never underestimate our opponent. We will go back to the basics and keep our team focused and take this in this win for today and do it all again next week.”