By Jonah Woullard
(April 28, 2016 - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) – “Is it possible?”, has been the question swirling around the youth football community over the last week with the buzz of certain well known youth football players all making verbal commitments to play for the Fort Lauderdale Hurricanes, 13/14-year-old team for the 2016 season.
One of the most notable of these players, Florida Youth Football League’s superstar running back, Amari Daniels. For all those who are not familiar with Amari, just three years he was a dominant lineman who was converted to a tailback in the off season after coaches evaluated his undeniable speed as he ripped up the youth state track circuits.
Fast forward a couple years later, Amari lead his former team to an FYFL 2014 Super Bowl Championship and was the starting tailback on the 2015 FBU 7th grade National Championship team as well. Amari has transitioned from his linemen position to arguably one of the best 13U running backs in the country.
Amari, joins a team that is in a transition of their own as they make a huge change from one league to another. This Nationally known team which previously called the Pembroke Pines Bengals Optimist Club their home, are now known as the Ft. Lauderdale Hurricanes which is a member of the Florida Youth Football League.
Previously the Bengals finished their 2015 campaign undefeated and capping off their season with a win on a national stage against the Diamond Valley Steelers, coached by Snoop Dogg, based out of California. Head Coached by Chris McGonigal, who also finished the year with a 2015 FBU National Championship as well said, “I’m excited for the new opportunity, this is a huge challenge for my kids and our coaching staff. We understand to compete in the FYFL, we will have to bring our A game each and every week.”
Now, I was asked by a couple of youth football fans this week, “Is it possible to put that much talent on the field all at once, and the kids all still be happy?” And my response was simply, “Hey you still have to go out there and play the game and you definitely need to be a manager of a lot of different personalities.” But with that being said, the paper does look to be pretty impressive for the Hurricanes in the pre-season, because Amari is only one of the new eleven additions to an already tough Fort Lauderdale team that had only lost two games in the 2015 season, combined with a previous PPO team that didn’t lose a game all year.
The Fort Lauderdale Hurricanes football commissioner provided Generation Nexxt with the following players that has recently joined the 13/14 Hurricanes roster for the 2016 season. Amari Daniels RB/OLB, Emile Aime WR/RB/DB/OLB, Tyreek Sapp DL/DE/TE, Thierry Dorville MLB/FB, Tyrique Owens DE/DL, Dallas Turner DE/TE/WR, Alton Tarber OL/DL, Mykel Alvin DT/DE, Tye Jones DB/WR, Kelly Loiseau Jr. DE/DT/OLB & Rojan Brown DB.
Also, provided are the names of some of the core players that were previously Bengals that Coach Chris explained were with him and under his coaching since they were all 8 years old. During this period of time, this team was able to achieve a 69-4 record, also held a 37 game winning streak, 4 Super Bowl appearances, 3 Super Bowl Championships and 2 Dolphins Championship Series titles.
Nick Vattiato QB, Jayden McBurrows WR/RB/OLB, Vinson Davis WR/RB/DB, Robert Floyd Jr RB/WR/OLB, Darryl Reed RB/WR/Safety, Micah Rolle RB/WR/DB, Earl Little Jr CB/WR, Laurence Seymore OL/DL, Amari Avin -OL, Kyle Herrera-OL, William Spicer-OL, Corey Clarke DE, Angelo Ponds DB & David Danial DB are some of the core players as well as some recent additions to the Bengals 2015 team.
When Florida Youth Football Director, Michael Francis was asked, “How does the new additions of such teams impact the competition in the FYFL?” He responded, “All competition great or small is welcomed to the FYFL, but it has been Flo Rida’s and our primary focus to make sure our youth are receiving the best opportunities to make them better on, as well as off the football field.”
I can tell you, the 13/14-year division looks very opportunistic on a national level, with some heavy competition ready to knock at anyone’s door. It’s still very early in the year, but also keep your eyes on the Miami Gardens Chiefs which is based out of the same league as the Hurricanes, in the FYFL’s South Florida chapter; also the Detroit Spartans based out of Michigan, Shutdown Academy out of Baltimore, Yellow Jackets United based out Texas, Diamond Valley Steelers and the Inland Empire Ducks both out of California. All of these teams are returning some top tier talent and should be national contenders for top 13/14-year-old teams in nation.
Now, if the pre-season is any indication of how the twenty, sixteen season is going to look, you better get your popcorn ready, it’s definitely going to be a movie.
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