BY ERIC IKPE
The bigger they are the harder they fall, is a true statement when it came down to Saturday’s match-up between Miami Gardens Ravens(110Lbs) and Pasadena Lakes Panthers(120Lbs)on Saturday afternoon at Miramar Ansin Sports Complex.
“Size don’t matter, it’s all about heart,” Ravens’ Jo’Kwan Holmes said.
Pasadena came right out the gate scoring on their first drive behind the legs of #4 Javhari Bourdeau for 44 yards. Miami Gardens attempted to response, but #51 Ryan Leal and company put pressure on the Ravens running attack, not allowing any offensive rhythm through the first quarter.
“We have been through so much adversity, that we believed we will win this game,” Ravens’ Head Coach Rod Mack said.
The Ravens proved that you can play through adversity, as they got on the scoreboard with a 25 yard blast from #0 Shaun P Shivers A.K.A Worm with 3:55 before half. The Panthers found some offensive plays from #7 Garrison Hadley, when he connected with #88 Derrick Wright Jr down Miami Gardens sideline, but came up short from the end zone when they were met by a bunch of Ravens that prevented them from scoring.
At the start of the second half, #1 Kh’lajuwon Murat ran back a 85 yard kickoff return to the Panthers 5 yard line. Two plays later, #9 Cameron Gatlin plunges the ball in for a QB sneak. On the ensuing drive, Pasadena answered right back with a touchdown of their own by workhorse #4 Javhari Bourdeau— sprinting for a 12 yard touchdown to even the score. The next possession, #0 Shaun P Shivers was far from done as he found the end zone for the second time for 78 yards in the endzone.
Just when Miami Gardens had the game won with a interception, it was called back for roughing the passer, and they would pay for it as #4 Javhari Bourdeau scored for the third time. With time winding down, the Ravens fired back as #3 Craig Nelson burst up the middle with a 17 yard touchdown run. Under a minute #6 Karon “Pops” Brown took back a 72 yard kickoff return, leaping over defenders to take the game into overtime.
Pasadena would get the ball first and scored immediately with a 12 yard run by none other than #4 Javhari Bourdeau, but failed on the extra point.
As Miami Gardens were set to hike the ball, the Panthers made a costly mistake (illegal substitution) that would put the Ravens at the 1 yard line and cost Pasadena the game as #9 Cameron Gatlin stretched his way for a 1 yard touchdown, and seal the deal with the extra point.