By Hector Gonzalez
(Pembroke Pines Fl)- It came down to a one play and one call alone to determine the victor of this 95lbs AYFL action between Pasadena Panthers (4-0) coached by Earl Little and Plantations Wildcats (3-1) coach by Pat Hart on Saturday at Flanagan High School.
For the Panthers sideline, it was a sigh of relief as they witnessed the referee’s pick up the flag and announce a no call. The Wildcats’ — who had just previously scored on a late 40-yard touchdown by their young running back #3 Kahim Simon with only 1:43 remaining in the game — field goal attempt was blocked by the Panthers, resulting in a takeover, who then kneeled it down for a 14-6 win.
It was a hard fought defensive battle for both these teams, a total of 30 yards on the ground gained combined between them during the second quarter kept things at bay with the only score an earlier 7- yard touchdown strike mid first quarter by the Panthers’ #2 Earl Little Jr.
The fourth grader #2 Earl Little Jr. was happy afterwards, praising his teammates in making the necessary blocks to give him the opportunity to reach the end zone in a tight knit game. “It feels good when your team blocks for you. It’s was just good,” Earl Little Jr. said after the victory.
The Wildcats tried their best to get a ground game going behind running back #1 Maurice Newton early, but could not find any room to get past the strong defensive front line of Pasadena.
On the flip side the Panthers’ offense was pressured all day by Plantations’ linebacker #54 David Richardson — who recorded a sack to put a halt to the Panthers threat on the last drive just before the half — and the rest of his host of defenders.
Rain poured in as Pasadena would receive the opening kick of the second half, and would immediately work their two running backs #2 Earl Little Jr. and #6 Floyd Jamaal. They put together a long drive which led to a 40-yard break away touchdown run by #6 Jamaal who also added the extra point that would prove to be the game winner.
“If the holes are there, I’m going to take it. I broke a couple of tackles and after seeing the open field I was gone,” Floyd Jamaal said afterwards.
Pasadena increases their record to 4-0, and look forward to facing the undefeated Pembroke Pines Bengals 95’s.