BY LUIS GONZALEZ
(October 13, 2012) -On a rainy day the city of Pembroke Pines, The 9 and 0 Pembroke Pines Optimist Bengals 95’s coached by Head Coach Chris McGonialtook on a hard hitting bunch of West Park Hurricanes coached by Head Coach Cesar Tavarez, also 9 and 0. The game was literally like the packers ice bowl in the 60’s except you minus the snow and plus the rain and got a great recipe for plenty of high caliber football.
In the first quarter both defenses came out strong shutting each other’s offenses down in a very aggressive manner. In the second quarter Pembroke Pines would attempt a fake punt out of their own 20 yard line which didn’t fool the Hurricanes’ special teams at all. Hurricanes sniffed out the fake punt, setting up their offense in first and goal.
The Hurricanes would capitalize on such a good field position as Hurricanes’ #7 RB Julian Lewis put the West Park on the board first on a crafty run by Lewis. Hurricanes missed the PAT but go into the half, up 6-0 as the PPO Bengals they found themselves behind at the half the first time all season.
The second half and the Bengals came out poised displaying why they to boast a league best 9 and 0 record. The Bengals’ running backs, # 1 Julian Rodriguez and# 10 Jayden McBurrows combined to will the PPO offense down the field on a good mix of pop passes and off tackle runs which concluded with #10 Jayden McBurrowscutting back towards the middle of the West Park defense for a TD which was respectfully earned. The one point conversion would prove to be crucial as PPO converted it on a run, making the score, 7-6 with 2:46 left in the 3rd quarter.
All through the remaining of the third and fourth quarter, both teams defenses stepped up shutting down all the running lanes. You could see as the rain started to pour even harder, the intensity of the game picked up, with both teams jousting for the number one seed in the AYFL.
The Hurricanes offense started running effectively behind running backs #1 KatravisGeter and #3 Keyshawn Brown but, with a holding penalty and a tough PPO run defense led by #5 LB Terrence Lewis and #10 LBJayden McBarrows, the Hurricanes went to the air with 4:46 left in the fourth quarter throwing down the sidelines, but was picked off by Bengals’ #3 DB Vinson Davis who returned it 61 yards, to the Hurricanes’ 16 yard line.
The Hurricanes fought back, shutting the Bengals offense down and giving the ball back to their offense late in the fourth quarter, but like a 12 round heavyweight bout, this game went down to the wire with the Bengals outlasting the West Park Hurricanes, 7-6.
The Bengals win in a very tight match up which could very well be a possible preview of the AYFL 95 lb. Super Bowl matchup. Bengals are pleased with their 10 and 0 record; as well they should be with the performances that were turned in. The Hurricanes however did great as well and though they fall to 9 and 1, rest assured the rematch will be one of the best match ups of the year at the 95 lbs. division.