BY ERIC IKPE
It was a one-sided match-up at Curtis Park, between Washington Park Buccaneers and Moore Park Generals in the 175Lbs division, as they won the National Youth Football League Championship in what was named the “Kishon Cooper” Championship. Many may ask who is Kishon Cooper, he was a 9 year old Football player for the Washington Buccaneers, who past away 2 months ago, the cause of death was heat complications. But now Kishon’s memory we live forever as thousands of youth football players will set their goal to win a championship in his name.
At the start of kickoff, Washington Park strikes first as wide receiver Jacob Mullings hauls in a 80 yard pass from Janarvis Pough to take the lead 7-0. Moore Park try to answer, but Washington Park defense swarmed all over the Generals. Before the start of the 2nd quarter, Moore Park had their mind set on scoring, but fumble the ball, and Lamarcus Wilcox was left untouched right into the end zone to put the Bucs up 13-0 at the end of the first.
At the start of the 2nd quarter, Montel Montogomery made some strides for the Generals, but not enough to get on the scoreboard, as Washington Park own Zacchcus Newkirk made solid tackles throughout the 2nd quarter.Before half Jacob Mullings was close 100 rushing yards, but the Generals did not let up and both teams did not score in the second quarter.
At halftime, head coach Bobby Asberry stated “We need to play harder and stop acting scared and make tackles.”At the start of the 3rd quarter it was all Washington Park, as they ran a reverse hand off right into the hands of Jacob Mullings to add to their lead to make it 19-0, which also put Jacob over 100 yards rushing. To add insult to injury, the Buccaneers decided to go for an on-side kick, which they recovered. The next play Devon Bell catches a 45 yard pass from Janarvis Pough, who threw his second touchdown that afternoon, which took us into the 4th quarter 26-0.
As we head into the 4th quarter, Moore Park offense continued to be out of sync as the Bucs seemed to dictate the pace, throwing all types of run blitzes at the Generals which prevented even a first down conversion. Washington Park just continued to run the clock down until they saw 0:00 remaining on the time clock, as they shut out the Generals.
“It was all about Kishon,” head coach Vonnie stated.”We did it for you, we did it for you.”
Kishon’s father (Kerash Cooper) was there to celebrate the win, as he handed out the trophy with his son picture attached to it. Kerash Cooper also known as coach Champ had his son book bag on with the Florida Gators mascot on the back, he stated that his son loved the Gators, and loved Football overall.
The next stop for the Buccaneers is Tri-County on December 10th in the Orange Bowl, but coach Vonnie stated “Tri-County is next and we are ready.”