KENDALL, Fla. — The battle for the No. 1 spot at the 10U division took place this past Saturday at Kendall Boys and Girls Club (KBG).
A total of (2.6) miles separated the cross-town rivalry, as the West Kendall Dolphins, entered the contest as the dark horse. And the league's defending champions, KBG Kolts seen as the juggernaut of the division, hasn't lost a regular season game and nearly two seasons.
Undefeated quarterbacks Lucas Goenaga (West Kendall Dolphins) and Aaron Ridgeway (KBG), both would take control of their offenses and respond after a hard fought battle. While offense win games, and defense wins championships, special teams would be the determining factor of the battle of the unbeaten.
The second possession of the first half, the Kolts would strike first, as running back Rayquan Williams finds daylight and races to the endzone with a 40 yard touchdown run.
Trailing for the first time this season, the Dolphins didn't throw in the towel, as QB Lucas Goenaga, RB Ethan Lopez, and FB Julian Calderon all contributed moving the chains for multiple first downs.
The offensive coordinator for West Kendall Dolphins would sneak his versatile running back Ethan Lopez out of the backfield (which appeared as a wheel route) and pulled in a spectacular grab, displaying unbelievable hand-eye coordination as the crowd erupted.
Defensively, KBG linebackers Jamal Rowell and Jose Gomez (combined for over 10 tackles) anchored their defense along with run-stopper defensive tackle Ronin Robles. The Dolphins "dink and dunk" offense, made it challenging to register quarterback sacks or pressures.
Later in the second half, KBG would add a wrinkle to their offense, as James Orange and Aaron Ridgeway, would power their way upfield operating out of the wildcat. Once, the defense committed to the run, Aaron Ridgeway (wildcat QB) would fake the run and drop back, and find WR James Orange for a 21 yard gain on a go route.
The Kolts would find the end zone for the second time of the game, at the 2 yard line behind the legs of quarterback Aaron Ridgeway, as he executed the quarterback sneak. He would also punch it in on the extra point attempt, extending the lead to 7 points.
Defensively, West Kendall Dolphins two-way standouts Lucas Goenaga, Ethan Lopez and interior defensive lineman Peter Almeida (recorded a quarterback sack) names appeared the most on the stat sheet.
The Dolphins' rising star QB/ATH Lucas Goenaga would respond to the seven point deficit. His ball placement and good football IQ stand outs.
Goenaga operating out of shotgun spread offense, would march his team over 60 yards up the field with less than 3 minutes remaining. His big gains would come from the hands of fullback Julian Calderon, running back Ethan Lopez, and wide receiver Delton Jones.
With less than 1:12 remaining at KBG 5 yard line. Dolphins' running back Ethan Lopez, would look like NFL Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders, as he would reverse field on an off tackle play and outrun everyone to the end zone.
The game is now 13-12 as the Kolts are still leading. But, who said kickers aren't athletes? The Dolphins placekicker under tremendous pressure, nails the extra point. But, flag on the play, offsides Kolts. No, sweat...he nails it again. The score is now 14-13.
With 30 seconds remaining, KBG operating out of the shotgun empty, needing 67 yards to score. Throws a hitch, but he's gang tackled and time expires.
The Dolphins are now your No. 1 team at the 10U division. Quarterback Lucas Goenaga poise and arm talent, added his name and including others on Generation Nexxt watchlist.