By Jerry Williamson
When ever legendary head coaches - Arties Knight and Shanton Crummie clash, expect three things: Great coaching, top to bottom talent and a big crowd. The Palmetto Raiders vs. Overtown Tornadoes, midgets game would appear as a nail-bitter for two quarters until several mistakes would derail the tornadoes on capturing their 3rd National championship within five years.
The raiders offense would strike first, as QB Demetrius "Bam" Randolph on 3rd and 20 -- would find WR/DE Keshawn Washington on a "Go route" for a 38-yard touchdown, erupting the crowd. The tornadoes starting QB Edward Arza would leave the game due to injury.
The third quarter was scoreless. As both defenses made play-after-play. The tornadoes' defensive was lead by - DL, Eddie Jackson - WR/DB, Jacorey Brooks and DL, Darnell Harris. The raiders standouts were CB, Benny Burns who saved two touchdowns and forced one fumble.
The raiders DL/LB Courtney Holmes registered 3 - sacks and RB/LB Henry Parrish, Jr. returned a pick six 38-yards for a touchdown. This one game featured a total of six guys that was recently selected to the Generation Nexxt All-Dade Top 50 team: Palmetto - RB/LB Henry Parrish, Jr., DL/LB Keshawn Washington, LB/DL Courtney Holmes; Overtown Tornadoes - WR/DB Jacorey Brooks, DL Eddie Jackson and DL Darnell Harris.
4th quarter is when touchdowns would take place. Courtney Reese would take a handoff off tackle for a 21-yard touchdown.The tornadoes offense would wake up in the 4th quarter, as WR Jacorey Brooks would take a slant the distance, for a touchdown. Before, the tornadoes could game plan for their next drive, ther raiders RB Sergio Gomez, would go 84-yards untouch for a touchdown.
QB Demetrius "Bam" Randolph was the unsung hero on offense, extending drives as RBs Sergio Gomez, Courtney Reese and Henry Parrish, Jr. would wear down the tornadoes defense.