By Hector Gonzalez
Miramar, FL – A bizarre game of touchdowns, turnovers, and highlights ended with the Miramar Patriots (105lbs) led by Head Coach Alex ” Big Lip” Chisolm in a 30-0 rout against the Dania Bears (105lbs) coached by Robert Humphrey, at Miramar Regional Park, Saturday afternoon.
Patriots’ running back, #5 Leonard Cohen set the tone of the game with a spectacular 70-yard kickoff return that originally bounced over his head before he picked it up and took off for the touchdown.
So it began.
” We just made it happen today,” #5 Cohen said, during a post game interview.
Making it happen indeed he did.
Besides giving the Patriots an early 8-0 lead, during the second half the youngster handed back-to-back — Emmit Smith like — stiff arms against two Dania defenders. “They were coming at me, and I knew I had to get five-six yards for my team.”
For Dania, they struggled from their first possession, turning it over on a fumble that gave Miramar another chance to add to their lead. The Patriots were penalized on that drive – coming up empty for the moment.
On the offensive side for Dania they were haunted all day by the Patriots tough defensive tackle, #99 Jesus Machado. He was a wrecking ball all day, pinning his ears back and firing into the backfield constantly, causing confusion and four second half fumbles from the nose tackle position. He credited the help of his teammates as a unit for the stellar defense – keeping Dania out of any red zone action and holding them to a shut-out.
“I just got in there and made tackles. Basically going low on every play, they can’t block you when you are in your zone.” #99 Machado said.
Miramar added their second score on a 12-yard touchdown pass from quarterback #13 William Manuel to his speedster wide receiver #22 Jalen Rumph — son of former Miami Hurricanes/49ers standout Mike Rumph, coaching the Patriots defense — as he ran past defenders leaving them in the rear view mirror for the score.
It was that kind of day for West Miramar highlights after highlights, recovering an onside kick off just before the half, negating Dania of any chance to close the gap on their 14-0 lead at halftime.
Again to open the third quarter another huge play by West Miramar, only this time it was a fumble, their third of the game. Luckily for Dania, the Patriots made uncharacteristic penalties, and a bad snap that resulted in a turnover on downs.
Then came the revolving doors of turnovers in the middle of the third quarter for both of these young groups of athletes.
To the Patriots credit they were the first to force six of the back-to-back reversals.
On first down, Patriots #9 David Baldie stripped the football from the Bears running back, and recovered it, no.1, next, West Miramar’s quarterback #13 Manuel mistakenly threw an interception right into the hands of Dania’s #1 Marsh Cammie, no.2. The very next play, Dania mishandles the snap and fumbles with the Patriots recovering again, no.3 turnover.
For one moment, the referee’s and both sidelines were juggling back-and-forth between the hashes until finally the Patriots broke the snap for a moment. West Miramar put ball in to the hands into their speedy running back, #1 Trenod Desrosier who flew on a jet-sweep to the left and never looked back 28-yards to the end zone! Extending the lead, West Miramar 22, Dania Bears 0.
“I was just thinking and praying to God on the side because I knew if I didn’t score coach would take me out of the game. So I took it outside and like my daddy always taught me trusted my speed and took off.” #1 Trenod Desrosier said.
As if that would put the game out of reach for Dania, the Bears were actually still hanging on by a thread. But that wouldn’t last, Dania would fall for the same trap as earlier, an onside kick by West Miramar caught them off-guard. However, the Patriots still excited about the previous play, fumbled the ball and put the pigskin right back into the Bears hand, for turnover no. 4.
Dania, then after a terrific 15-yard run by running back #6 Jean Nelson fumbled yet again, no.5, but recovered it. It would not matter as West Miramar would put the nail in the coffin with turnover no.6, a beauty, #34 Darius Gaskin tipped the ball in the air, leaped and intercepted the would be pass, turnover no.6, ran it back 38-yards leaping into the end zone, as his sidelined jumped with joys of victory.
With time still left in the fourth quarter, the mercy rule took in effect ending the contest.
The young leader of the Patriots pack #13 Manuel said in a post game interview, “That’s how we do it, our coaches, teams, offensive line, defensive line, everybody did a great job! Right from the start with the kick-off return for a touchdown, it was excellent.”