Will Last Year’s Champions Survive This Year's Bull’s Eye?
By Jonah Woullard
We all know it takes a lot a skill, great coaching, and a little bit of luck to bring the Big Trophy home to one’s program, but it is even harder to repeat that same feat the very next year.
Last year, there were some epic battles throughout the season, and even more intense battles in each of the respective youth league’s Super Bowls. For instance, in Miami Greater Pop Warner, the fourth quarter comeback by the Overtown Rattlers 135’s against the Richmond Giants Jr. Midgets. The Rattlers rallied round their injured team mate Shaq Green, for an inspiring fourth quarter win.
And who can forget the clash of the Titans between The Gwen Cherry Bulls 160’s lead by Coach Cory Smith, and the defending National Champs, The Richmond Giants 160’s, lead by Coach Eddie Alford. At halftime of this Super Bowl battle royal, The Bulls were leading the Giants 20-6, and the Bulls were showing no signs of slowing down. But Coach Eddie kept his calm and implemented some halftime adjustments that would prove to be enough not only stop the Bulls offense the entire second half but to outscore the bulls by three unanswered touch downs to defend their 2008 title, and repeat as 2009, Greater Miami Pop Warner Super Bowl Champs.
Then you move over the South Florida Youth Football League, which had their own share of epic battles on the grid iron. Starting with the Ft. Lauderdale Hurricanes, who has bought home the title, three out of four years on the 110 pound level. Coached by Twan, and Vince, they both understand what an amazing feat that is in such a competitive league as the SFYFL. But, also not to be out done, there is a special group of kids in Pompano, head coached by Coach Rob, The Pompano Cowboys 90’s won their back to back championship in 2009, and have their sights on a three peat as the 100 lb team in 2010.
With no shortage of action, the Miami Dade Xtreme Football League provided us with some high scoring, high flying super bowls as well. Starting with the Kendall Hammocks 105’s who came into the game as underdogs against a fast Golden Glades team, the Warriors proved that team work, and an excellent game plan, will win you a ring every time. And of course the Doral Broncos 140’s, lead by Coach Roly Reyes. This team enjoyed the luxury of great coaching, and talented players. The Broncos was one of the few teams that played and defeated several of the teams in the same weight class, in different leagues and proved to be an all around dominate team.
And in the AYFL, The Pembroke Pines Bengals Pee Wee Team, lead by Coach Chuck Bender, pulled out a tight, hard fought battle in the championship game against the Pasadena Panthers who entered the Super Bowl undefeated. Also, do you remember the game that came down to the last six seconds; The Coral Springs Chargers defeated the Super Charged PPO 110’s team. These were just a few of the exciting games that took place last November. And these were just a handful the 2009 Super Bowl Champs. But one thing that all these teams have in common is that they all have a bull’s eye on their back this year.
Coaches will use these team’s road to glory last year as this year’s bulletin board material. With quotes from coaches such as; “If you can beat the super bowl champs, you can beat anybody.” Others will use reverse physiology, “That team isn’t hungry, they already have a championship, they don’t want it like we do.”
Whatever the quotes, whatever trash talk that will be exchanged between coaches and players before the game, or how intense it will be in some of these weigh ins before the games, just know one thing. As a Champion, you will get everyone’s best game, as a champion you will wear that famous bull’s eye, week in, and week out. Now that’s pressure on Super Bowl winners, but it is relished by Super Bowl “Champions!”
Nobody should have to worry about The Bulls Eye!! They need to worry about "The Bully Bulls Horns" U heard it here 1st I no pop warner dont no about me but its no way in hell that GcBb will be in 4th place behind the lil giants, OT, palmetto 160lbs LMAO Loud!!!!!
Hey man, can we please leave Scott Lake out of this argument. LOL ! Seriously though, this is the preseason, and too big of a deal was made out of a flag game. Personally, I don't feel that anyone takes a flag score seriously. If they do that's their business, but like I've said before,"All it is, is work." I'm not taking either side, but this is a GC-OT argument. I'm looking forward to an exciting season on the field, as coaches and fans you can say whatever you want. At the end of the day it still comes down to the players on the field.
THANKS 4 GIVING POMPANO SOME RESPECT WE DONE WON TWICE NOW WE GONE DO IT AGAIN ON THE 90LB AND 100LB