BY JONAH WOULLARD
On a youth football field located right behind Carol City High School which is known for producing NFL talent, the Miami Gardens Ravens Program certainly has had a birds’ eye view on multiple championships since joining the South Florida Youth Football League.
Previously known as the Miami Gardens Chargers, the Ravens have enjoyed tremendous success over the last nine years leaving a championship stamp on every league they have played in. Well, 2011 is no exception to that rule; the Ravens place three undefeated teams in this year’ 2011 SFYFL championship games.
The youngest of the Ravens’ squads, the 70 pound unit, lead by Head Coach Danny. Coach Danny explained, “We work harder than any other 70 lb. team out there. Not to sound cocky, but this wasn’t a surprise we beat the Hurricanes to win the Super Bowl, my kids put in the work, now they can enjoy the benefits.” The Ravens 70’s finish the SYFYL season 15-0, and move on the Bowl Championship Series to take on AYFL’s Super Bowl Champs, the Plantation Wildcats.
Now not to be out done by any means, the Ravens’ 100 pound team has been just as dominate by duplicating their younger counterparts 15-0 season. Head Coach Melvin Robinson said, “I’m proud of my kids, coaches and parents. Every one believed no matter what odds were stacked against us. We’ve always believed we were the best 100 pound team in the league, it was just a matter of us going on there and showing everyone what we were capable of.” The Ravens finish the SFYFL season undefeated and move on to face AYFL’s Super Bowl Champs, the West Pembroke Pines Wildcats.
Last, but definitely not least, the 110 pound Ravens who are all too familiar with being on the championship stage since their 90 pound days, seemed to fall just short of the winning the championship by less than a touchdown over the last couple of seasons. The Ravens took control of their own destiny by defeating a strong Lauderdale Lakes team last Sunday to finally be crowned with the SFYFL Champions. Ravens’ Head Coach, Rod Mack said, “This has been a long time coming, this has always been a tough team and we’ve gotten to the big game before and always kept it close but came up a little short. This year we were able to make the plays we needed to win it all.” Next Saturday in the Youth Football Bowl series the Ravens will take on the AYFL Super Bowl Champs, the Pasadena Panthers.