BY JONAH WOULLARD
Deep in the city of Lauderhill, a pride of Lions has taken the South Florida Youth Football League by storm. The Lauderhill Lions 135’s entered the 2011 season under the radar, but with recent huge wins, the Lions have everyone’s attention.
Lions’ Head Coach, Tyrone Parker told Generation Nexxt, “Our coaching staff focuses on two main components that make our team successful. First, we make sure our players stay humble. No matter who we have beaten, or by how many points, just know that any given Saturday we can be beat to. Secondly, we believe in preparation. We game plan for both the offense and defense we are playing against that week. We have created plays on both sides of the ball to attack our opponents’ specific schemes. Staying humble and prepared, gives us a chance to win every time we step on the field.”
This season, the Lions have defeated the North West Broward Raiders, Ft. Lauderdale Falcons, Miami Gardens Vikings, Pompano Tigers, and the Pompano Cowboys with a combined score of 131-0. The Lions’ defense called by defensive coordinator, Maurice Dix; has not given up one touchdown this season. The Lions’ swarming defense is led by nose tackle #3 David Goodwin, defensive end #5 Tevin Thomas Jr., and #9 Benard Demelien Jr.
The Lions’ offensive coordinator, Shawn Stubbs, has his offensive unit averaging 26 points a game. This quick strike offense is led by quarterback #2 Jaquan Bush, running back #4 Samuel Bruce, and wide receiver #0 D’Cean Garica-Silas. With play makers in backfield, and on the edges, the Lions’ offense has proven to be dangerous in the open field and extremely efficient in the red zone. The Lions’ offense includes over 35 different formations that have kept their opponents off balance this season.
Head Coach, Tyrone Parker said, “We’ve truly added a new dimension to our team this year, through schemes, our play calling and off season additions. We added key players such as Samuel Bruce who previously played at the Plantation Wildcats, Benard Demelien Jr. who previously played at Ft. Lauderdale Falcons, and Jordan Merrell who previously played at the Ft. Lauderdale Hurricanes.”
Coach Tyrone also said, “Our goal is to win the Super Bowl, but our objective is to win this week’s game! That will be our approach every week, and hopefully that will be enough to hold up the trophy at the end of the year.”